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Birgit Vanderbeke is seen as one of the most important contemporary German writers. Feb 16, Sue Lyle rated it it was amazing. She did move to Berlin but upon marriage and motherhood she and her husband decided to relocate to southern Vanderbe,e since she was unwilling to bring up their child in Germany. The mussel feast is thrown away. The style which Vanderbeke has adopted is that of a stream of consciousness, and it works incredibly well with the story as it unfolds.

Birgit Vanderbeke’s The Mussel Feast is a classic in the author’s native Germany, where it was published to critical and popular acclaim in This is when the story takes on a deeper purpose: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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I made the book my own. As the hours pass and he does not return the daughter’s recollections of family life slips from describing a stern, caring father maintaining family standards for the common good to a violent, unfeeling, obsessive man serving his own interests.

Has he been in an accident? He does not appear at six o’clock, which is birgut given his usual promptness and rigidity, and instead of eating the sumptuous meal the three of them wait anxiously for his arrival. Written in German in just after the Berlin wall came down and, one senses that the family are moving towards rebellion and the final ousting of bjrgit oppressor that parallels the end of communism in East Germany.


And instead of drawing everyone together, he has splintered his family apart by his funny notions and cruel ways. What the mussel feast does is photographically, slow as a slide show, trace a moment from the realisation that the father is not coming home to the awaited revelation as to why the chair is empty. The absence of conventional dialogue was not an issue for the unnamed protagonist’s narration was so rich, and I was especially touched by the raging undertone to this seemingly calm and accepting way of telling about these horrible things like they were no big deal.

But what if you were a constant disappointment? It is an incredible piece of literature in both its power and its story — rich, dark, engaging and elegant in its telling.

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Nor were the mussels a coincidence. So a celebration was in order: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Fast det blir 4: Lists with This Book. It’s a tiny package, but reading it is like peeling an onion: The blogs are nice to read because they’re usually more good-natured than, er, Goodreads, it’s just that I have a misanthopic side too and am hardly ever bothered about fancy editions.

She packs in all of the excuses, the hardships, the twisted explanations that decorate the miseries of his rule. It’s astonishing how people react when the routine is disturbed, a tiny delay to the normal schedule and at once everything is different.

Or so he has always told them.

Families were still confined within the established authority structures yet these were breaking down. The reader at times tires of the exaggeration and frequent repetition, the mantra-like phrases being used again and again, but the thrust of the verbal torrent of the monologue leads one to the centre of an all-powerful man whose hollow core is finally revealed.


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The absent, but oh so present father, was rather too close to comfort for me, but the atmosphere of a family under blrgit was brilliantly portrayed. It stands on its own for that portrait of the family. What emerges is a rather startling portrait of a tyrannical man, whose idealised version of what constitutes a family and family life can never reach his unrealistic expectations. Seemingly accidentally, the history of post-war Germany is chronicled in her narrative.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. It also turns out that this Novel was published inwon the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, is part of the school curriculum in Germany and has never been out of print, not bad for a debut novel. A quick, satisfying read. This nouveau riche friend of mine was allowed to eat ice cream from the ice-cream van, as much and as often as she wanted, and ice cream from the ice-cream van was not cultured.

The book instantly became a sensational success, with its theme of family life, the psychological warfare within it, and its underlying suggestion of the stirrings of political rebellion, peacefully staged but ultimately deadly.

On actually looking at Peirene Press’ website for the first time – in the run up to the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize I wanted to find out more about muscheldssen recent titles – I saw how very well their books suit my taste: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Initially, the vanderbeje keep up polite appearances and are careful with the way they express their thoughts, in case Father comes in and overhears their conversation and [