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The Empress of Weehawken: A Novel (2005)

by Irene Dische

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Großmama packt aus und mir blieb der Mund offen stehen...: ... angesichts dieses unglaublich lebendigen und bunten Familienpanoramas, das Autorin Irene Dische da ausgebreitet hat. Die abenteuerlichen Geschichten mit denen Irenes Großmama ihr Leben und das ihrer Tochter erzählt, spielen anfangs in den schrecklichsten Zeiten des vorigen Jahrhunderts, und später in Amerika. Sie sind persönlich eingefärbt und zeigen nicht nur den Charakter der Großmutter sondern auch den der Menschen, mit denen Sie im Laufe ihres langen und turbulenten Lebens zu tun hat. Diese Großmama war mir übrigens zunächst herzlich unsympathisch mit ihrem Materialismus und Familiendünkel; doch im Laufe des Romans wuchs sie mir ans Herz, denn sie ist mutig und ihre so persönlich eingefärbte und zunächst etwas enge Weltsicht entwickelt sich in Richtung Toleranz und Herzlichkeit.

Der Roman ist grandios geschrieben: intelligent, überraschend und gespickt mit schwarzem Humor. Er ist ein Leckerbissen für die Liebhaber von präzisen psychologisch genau erfaßten Detailbeschreibungen. Ein Schatzkästchen voll von bilderreichen Miniaturen in denen die kleinen und größeren menschlichen Schwächen aufs Korn genommen werden, aber fest zusammengehalten durch große Gedankenbögen, historischen Überblick und durchdrungen von unauffällig eingebauter Lebensweisheit. Ein großartiges Meisterwerk, das Querdenker erfreut und zugleich etwas für den Leserausch ist. Ein Buch für die beste Freundin, die Schwiegermutter und ganz besonders für die Großmama.

Ich fand den Roman so packend, daß zuhause erstmal die ganze Hausarbeit liegen blieb. Zum Glück war der Pfingsmontag ja sowas von verregnet; denn auch der schönste Sonnenschein hätte mich nicht von der Lektüre weggelockt. Zwischendurch mußte ich immer wieder auflachen und dabei hat dieses Buch Tiefgang und behandelt essentielle menschliche Probleme, die jeder Familie bekannt sind. Ganz besonders schön finde ich, daß in diesem Roman endlich einmal eine begründete positive Einstellung zum Älterwerden vermittelt wird. Großmama hat nämlich mit siebzig Jahren wieder genau soviel Spaß am Leben wie mit Zwanzig und genau darum ist das Buch ein wunderbares Geschenk zum siebzigsten Geburtstag. Ja, ich beneide sie, diese siebzigjährige Großmama. Wieso das so ist, das müssen Sie selbst nachlesen. Ich beneide übrigens auch Sie, weil Sie dieses herrliche Buch noch vor sich haben...
  r1hard | Nov 22, 2009 |
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I loved reading this book. The narrator is very interesting, and the first person narrative adds a bit of charm to the book, even if the narrator is not very nice most of the time. I would definitely recommend it for a light read. ( )
  maria.owen | Jul 27, 2009 |
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This was an OK book for me. The narrator wasn't exactly the kind of person I like to be around--abrasive, conceited, insensitive, critical, and rather crude. That, and the fact that her non-stop smart-mouth humor gets a bit tiresome, made it a bit hard to engage with her story. In fact, style seems here to overwhelm the story. There was just something a bit too forced, too obviously "girlie" (as in "story of an independent woman") for my taste. ( )
  Cariola | Jul 8, 2009 |
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I loved this book, especially the tempo. Full of humor and brutally honest at times, the author takes pains to explore the complex dynamic between the three generations, and more specifically, the three individual women. Beautifully written, at times tragic, I would highly recommend. ( )
  ThePinkPanther | Jul 7, 2009 |
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At first, I found this book a little bit hard to break into, but after some time I did become attached to the story. The narrator is golden - she is certainly my favorite part of the book, hands down.

The few things I did find weird were the seemingly random capitalization of some nouns, and the at times slightly vague writing style. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I wasn't immensely wowed by it. ( )
  cinesnail88 | Jun 1, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312427956, Paperback)

At the end of what is (she cannot help observing) an extraordinary life, Elisabeth Rother has decided to write her memoirs. She recounts her narrow escape with her Jewish husband from the Nazis, and the perilous voyage to the New World of New Jersey, but those, for her, are mere facts of life. For Elisabeth, bighearted and obstinate, the most bothersome and consuming subjects are the unconventional paths and waywardness of her daughter, Renate, and her granddaughter, Irene.

The Empress of Weehawken is a curiously touching love letter to the difficult but sustaining love of mothers and daughters. Written in the voice of the author's very real grandmother, it is "superb . . . razor-sharp, desert-dry, and luxuriantly ironic" (The San Diego Union-Tribune).

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This is a funny and curiously touching love letter to the complicated yet sustaining love of mothers and daughters. Readers will discover a masterpiece of comedy with an unexpected lit of redemption at its close.

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