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The Box: Tales from the Darkroom by Günter…

The Box: Tales from the Darkroom (2008)

by Günter Grass

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One of the more creative re-inventions of memoir I've read, both in concept and execution. Likeable - and that's not just damning with faint praise. ( )
1 vote CSRodgers | Apr 14, 2015 |
Muddled and dull, but had some brief moments where Grass was at top form. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 29, 2013 |
This is an odd book that didn't really capture me. It's a semi-autobiography written from the perspective of the author's 6 adult children and 2 step-children, The author asked them to have a series of taped conversations as a gift for his 80th birthday. This is an unusual but creative way to write an autobiography. It gets rather strange because much of the conversation has to do with photos taken by a family friend (possibly author's lover) which visually capture a deeper truth such as seeing the hopes of the subject, or the history of the place or foretelling the future. I wasn't wild about the book but I imagine I'll think about it for a while. ( )
  RebaRelishesReading | Oct 3, 2012 |
interesting structure: oral story of GG by his children. there is some magic component with the photographer Merie, but otherwise not very interesting. ( )
  prima1 | May 29, 2011 |
Autobiography reimagined as a conversation between siblings, the is a fascinating and inventive account of Gunter Grass' life and his writing. Fictionalized versions of his children sit down and recall memories of their father--his string of wives and the effect his art had on all their lives. These memories are intertwined with the story of a dear family friend and her (magically captured) camera that could see the truth behind the photos it took. One doesn't have to be a fan of Grass' or even familiar with his work to enjoy this captivating blending of fiction and memoir. ( )
  vlcraven | Oct 19, 2010 |
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Er was eens een vader, die riep, want hij was al oud, zijn zoons en dochters bij elkaar - vier, vijf, zes, acht in getal -, totdat ze na behoorlijk lang aarzelen aan zijn wens toegaven.
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Grass writes in the voices of his eight children as they record memories of their childhoods and of their father.

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