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Siegfried Lenz: Deutschstunde [German Lesson]

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Nevertheless, during this period he created hundreds of watercolors, which he hid. The story has many layers and is very interesting. CS1 German-language sources de Articles containing German-language text Interlanguage link template link number.

Duty to his country, duty to his post, duty to his leaders. Dat is het ook en vooral om stilistische redenen. Open Preview See a Problem? Would you like to tell deutschatunde about a lower price? Oct 15, Robert Wechsler rated it it was amazing Shelves: When Siegfried Lenz died init was estimated that over 30 million copies of his works had been sold worldwide. De hecho, no creo que sea tanto una novela sobre el drama del nazismo como una novela sobre cierta faceta de la personalidad alemana y, por tanto, de cierta clase de personas, sean estas de donde sean: A contemporary literary classic: Het is een lang en gedetailleerd verhaal, maar Lenz weet door feutschstunde constructies steeds de spanning vast te houden.

This novel is also set during the Second World War and the post-war years.

The story is a reutschstunde, painted slowly and meanderingly by the pen of Siggi, and supplemented with psychological analysis by bits of the reports of his psychologists; and the slowness of the focus, and the ongoing descriptions of the river outside the cell window can be a little frustrating when our reader forgets to enjoy the journey, and seeks too hard for a destination.


Jan 14, Nancy rated it really liked it. In the end, the only thing each character dwutschstunde to cling to is his or her own sense of duty. When he then obsessively continues to carry out his former orders, Siggi brings Nansen paintings that he believes to be in danger to safety. I had no previous knowledge about this book before reading it, which is normally how I like to do it anyway.

Siggi, on the other hand, feels drawn to the painter, who ignores the ban: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Trivia About The German Lesson. Several chapters of the dissertation appear in the book. Feb 28, S.

A local artist, seen as a threat to the Reich, is prohibited from painting, and Siggi’s father becomes the enforcer of the dictates from Berlin. Sep 11, Julia rated it it was amazing.

The German Lesson

Apr 17, Jennifer rated it really liked it. His inflated and implacable sense of his own very singular duty affects himself, his family dynamics and the attitudes of the community, and his malevolent obsession with the painter, his former, childhood friend, far outlives the duration of the war.

Lists with This Book. There is both the narrow minded adherence to duty, the difficulty of establishing a democratic society after dictatorship and the father as policeman enforcing an orderliness both in personal and cultural life that is constricting rather than protecting. Duty in your job, towards your parents, duty to reach your own personal goals?

The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz

But you’ve hardly heaved a sigh of relief, and there they are again. This is my number one book. It tells of the madness of the war in Eastern Europe and of a German soldier who joins the Red Army and has to live with the guilt of having shot and killed his brother-in-law.


The images from The German Lesson will certainly remain with young readers for longer than the analysis of the character constellations they were required to undertake in their essays, or the questions about morally unimpeachable attitudes in a dictatorship. It’s a book about duty. Wat mij betreft mag daar beslist ook Wolfgang Koeppen aan worden toegevoegd, maar dat terzijde. Moss rated it really liked it.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I highly recommend a visit to t I chose to read this book after visiting the Emil Nolde Gallery near Flensburg, Germany in September Siggi recounts the clash of father and son, of duty and personal loyalty, in wartime Germany. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

The narrative is constructed in a complex and intriguing way. The German Lesson original title: Tijdens de Duitse les weet hi Bij de start dacht ik dat dit dikke bijna pagina’s! Told in retrospect through a young boy’s eyes, it is the story of how one man the boy’s policeman father becomes so consumed by his love of duty that it takes him over, at the expense of friendship and family loyalty.

Without providing a complete plot summary, which would ruin the reading experience for you, I will merely set the stage. It was there he met his future wife, Liselotte d. At the end of the novel, the main story and the framing narrative coincide nearly ten years after the war: