Friday, December 24, 2010

Literary Blog Hop

Literary Blog Hop: 

Under-Appreciated Literature




Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop, hosted by The Blue Bookcase!

This blog hop is open to blogs that primarily feature reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion.

This week's question comes from Lisa at bibliophiliac:

What literary title (fiction or non-fiction) do you love that has been under-appreciated? We all know about the latest Dan Brown, and James Patterson isn't hurting for publicity. What quiet masterpiece do you want more readers to know?


And my answer is....


The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man




This is Mann's last novel and his most humorous one. The story of Felix Krull is filled with comic episodes worthy of the Mann's story-telling mastery.  Mann based the novel on an expanded version of a story he had written in 1911and he managed to finish, and publish part one of the Confessions of Felix Krull, but due to his death in 1955 the saga of the morally flexible and irresistible conman, Felix, remains unfinished.  In spite of that it is still one of the best novels about the question of identity. Early in the story Felix learns to deal with circumstances by changing his character as needed and he continues to shift identities becoming whomever he needs to be in all the ensuing predicaments that he encounters. It seems that Mann still had more story-telling magic left at the end of his life after World War II and decades after his great beginnings with Buddenbrooks and Death in Venice.  The only regret is that Mann was unable to finish the novel; yet, the "early years" of Felix Krull still amount to a small masterpiece.



8 comments:

Darlyn said...

I read an excerpt of Mann's Death in Venice a couple of years ago, and I thought it was very beautiful. This is the first time I've heard of Confessions of Felix Krull, and it sounds very interesting. Great pick. :)

James said...

Thanks for your comment. Death in Venice is truly beautiful, sad, and thoughtful. Felix Krull is primarily a comedic achievement which deserves to be better known.

parrish lantern said...

Good call, this is a fantastic choice.
Parrish

James said...

Thanks for your enthusiastic observation.

readerbuzz said...

Thank you for sharing this novel with us.

www.readerbuzz.blogspot.com

bibliophiliac said...

The Magic Mountain made a huge impact on me, and I've read "Death in Venice" but this is one I'm not familiar with. Thanks for your post...

James said...

Readerbuzz,
Thanks for your comment. I enjoyed your top ten list and plan to read Let the Great World Spin next year.

James said...

Bibliophiliac,
I share your opinion of The Magic Mountain. Thanks for your comment.