Ed by the title I m actually somewhat baffled by "The Whole Thing The Theme I Suppose Is Young Men "whole thing The theme I suppose is young men something desperate from women How young men think a love affair will fix everything An interesting read but somewhat shallow Nowhere as deep as it retends to be Still enjoyable enough I suppose Why do I continue
To Read German Translations They Re Always So Odd But read German translations They re always so odd But just want you to know that I won t be forgetting this train ride anytime soon For me it was the weirdest train ride ever You can bet I ll *be telling eople about it foreverNever has a character uttered a truer *telling eople about it foreverNever has a character uttered a truer very self indulgent author uses two characters who are interchangeable as they have the same view that women exist just to taunt them and remind them of the ineptitudes of their existence to express various Birds philosophical musings he maybe shouldve j gotten a diary but i liked the weaving stories format and find some of the musings interesting and the sparse writing makes it go uickly goodublic transport book Weird I loved it In this first Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told person Novellarotagonist Paul shares a sleeper car on the train with Henry who talks talks talks So we get Henry s story in this second hand storytelling Occasional forays into Paul s mind shows he is troubled by something he s returning to In the end Paul s roblems are revealed leaving Henry gaping In all it seemed a sophomoric device such as found in beginner creative writing classes Not really original just reproduced in a 21st century style lots of sex and graphic language. He finally reveals to his unsuspecting traveling companion goes into the darkest sphere of human behavior Shocking and raw The Bird is a Raven is the work of a writer at the beginning of a stellar career From the Trade Paperback edition.
review Der Vogel ist ein RabeNey for those who don t know one Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Powerful Internal and External Communications perfect for intimate conversations between strangers in a shared bunking carAh but unfortunately for this being such a tiny book there sure are a whole lot ofroblems with that conversation at the center of The Is a Raven starting with "Its Extremely Uneven Tone "extremely uneven tone how as it s ostensibly a re telling of the action based stories that are driving both of these young men from Munich and into Berlin in the middle of a random night it is also filled with the kind of aimless navel gazing ennui that marks the stereotypical jokes about indie European arts just Versailles pages andages of young males staring balefully out dark train windows while muttering lines such as Oh ja I am filled with Der Angst and now I wonder erhaps if an angel dies every time a rose sheds ein etal Not to mention that the stories the men tell about their Munich days are kind of offensive and misogynist and gross and dark anyway just witness the dour main story Henry s that is entirely The Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon populated with repulsive characters doing repulsive things given any opportunity at all to do soBut then it gets even worse than this believe it or not now witness the other young man s story Paul whose entire arc basically exists just to deliver a sitcom likeunchline at the very end of the manuscript something so ointless and arbitrarily violent that it just leaves you scratching your head afterwards and saying the f ck Stupid language loving angst embracing Germans I tells yaOut of 10 22 Weird short strange I am baffl. Y relationships gone wrong broken hearts Henry is running away from a triangle of friendship gone sour; Paul is running away too but as the night unfolds and the train speeds north across the German landscape his story turns ominous What.
chosen this book let alone read it I think I only stuck with it because I wanted to be able to tell eople about how comically bad it is The book is about two young strangers who meet on a long train ride the narrator of the story actually spends most of the novel listening as his traveling comp Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomMany of CCLaP s German readers will of course already be familiar with author Benjamin Lebert he s a German as well after all whose Splendid Solution previous novel Crazy was a big cult hit over there in the early 2000s back when Lebert himself was barely than a kid And now we come to his second novel a tiny little volume called The Bird Is a Raven which in actuality is like a novella than anything else A slim 110ages and in large type as well the book is not much than a chronicle of a conversation between two young German men while on a nighttime train ride from Munich to Berlin it s a long and boring jour. Henry and Paul are strangers when they find themselves sharing a sleeping compartment on a night train from Munich to Berlin When they begin to talk their stories appear to be variations on the same theme young guys adrift in the big cit. .Have Chosen This Book