Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Book - 1965 1924
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Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1965 [c1924]
Branch Call Number: F Man


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May 25, 2018

It was so hard to read this book. Not because of the language or the style; both were wonderfully rich. It was the sense of foreboding, increasing with each turn of a page, starting with his vision of the man across the street, that burdened me. I did not have the Library's version, so I was treated (?) to a fairly lengthy critical essay, which I did not read until after finishing the story. The essay helped me smooth out some of the rough spots I found in understanding Mann.

Mar 23, 2016

A thin and profound book, but "a hundred virtues"(p16) I may have discovered (values of literature) just don't sink in. Perhaps I'm lack of empathy here, missing a "true basis", i.e. "a secret affinity".

Before Aschenbach saw Tadzio, his history and temperament were typical and admirable, though not enviable. The writing effuses logic (in the beginning) and paradox, then encouraged my penchant for reasoning to think his later behaviour incredulous. So regardless of all too familiar emotion and infatuation, I couldn't follow his gaze to endure his agony. I wanted to feel sad, but I, in "proud shame", cannot help trivializing his destiny - it's midlife crisis, "andropause"!

But I'd still like to believe him as
(p18)"his entire development consisted in jettisoning the constraints of doubt and irony and making the conscious, defiant ascent to dignity."


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Jun 14, 2014

Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportionate, the absurd, and the forbidden


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