"Tadellöser & Wolff" nannte Walter Kempowskis Vater, Reeder in Rostock und guter Kunde der Tabakwarenhandlung Loeser & Wolff, so ziemlich alles, was nicht gerade "Miesnitzdörfer & Jansen" war. Und als "Miesnitzdörfer" ließ sich in der Zeit von 1938 bis 1945, im sogenannten Tausendjährigen Reich, von der dieser Roman erzählt, wahrhaftig vieles bezeichnen. Immerh"Tadellöser & Wolff" nannte Walter Kempowskis Vater, Reeder in Rostock und guter Kunde der Tabakwarenhandlung Loeser & Wolff, so ziemlich alles, was nicht gerade "Miesnitzdörfer & Jansen" war. Und als "Miesnitzdörfer" ließ sich in der Zeit von 1938 bis 1945, im sogenannten Tausendjährigen Reich, von der dieser Roman erzählt, wahrhaftig vieles bezeichnen. Immerhin, trotz Verdunklungspflicht, SA-Eintritt und Schießdienst ging es des Kempowskis "ganz gold", wenigstens eine Zeitlang ......
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Tadellöser & Wolff Reviews
This is the fourth book (of nine) of the German Chronicle by Walter Kempowski. After a brief interruption by book #3 (Dіd you ever see Hitler? – an interview book) we’re back with the Kempowski family of Rostock again. This book (all fictitious! – it says) covers the time from 1938 to May 1945 (the second half of the Thousand-Year Reich). It took me the better part of the first chapter to realize why it reads so differently than the previous novels. That’s because it’s a first person narrative from the perspective of Walter Kempowski (the author? the fictional one? – who knows for sure). Walter is 9 years old in 1938 and just turned 17 at the end of the war. This puts him in the unique position to experience adolescence and war at the same time. Hitler Youth and girls, school and nonchalance, family and jazz music, war and air-raid shelters. He gets it all at once and he has to deal with it…[bombed out Rostock – April 1942; from here; photo credit unknown]“Tadellöser & Wolff” is the most popular novel of the German Chronicle with almost three times as many ratings on Goodreads as any other book in the series. It was also the first one being published (in 1971). The publishing order is a mess, by the way; it goes IV, V, III, VIII, VII, I, VI, II, IX. But I’m reading them chronologically by the time they’re set because I figure it makes sense with a book series that has the name Chronicle in its title. I have to say that I liked this installment a little less than the previous two. The collage style the author is famous for is a little overdone here. The whole text looks a little like a patchwork quilt. It’s well made, no doubt, but I sometimes felt a little lost. The characters don’t have enough room to develop properly between the different patches.There are still many great (albeit short) scenes, especially when the whole family meets. Again, the reader plays the role of the fly on the wall. And since I’m used to the family-jargon, their “Schnack”, by now I enjoyed those scenes very much. This is in parts a war-novel, but in contrast to the first book (World War I) we don’t get any battle-scenes. To the people of Rostock the war is limited to the air-raids but those were quite severe and are presented as such. Apart from the actual war actions the tone is more on the ironic/sardonic side. Kempowski was accused of naivety by contemporary critics, especially for using the word “Auschwitz” only once in the book and in context of a newspaper article that doesn’t have anything to do with the concentration camps. If those critics would had bothered to read the whole book carefully they would have discovered quite a few references to KZ. In fact everything of these fateful years is there, you just have to find it; it is not shoved down your throat. Another intriguing new character I like to mention is Sven Sörensen, a Dane who is spending his time in Germany voluntarily, working for the family company. He gives the story a nice extra touch by presenting his view as a foreigner on Germany and the Germans. Unfortunately he is leaving for Denmark in the middle of the book, but I’m quite sure he’ll make a re-appearance in a later book. Like I said, I read the books in the wrong order (not in the one they’ve been published), but I didn’t notice this fact at all. It’s amazing how well the books fit together in “my” reading order. There are references back and forth between the books and none of these seem awkward of forced. This is also shows what a great and standing-above-it-all author Walter Kempowski was.PS: A brief explanation about the title of this book: The term “Tadellöser & Wollf”, although it reads like the name of a company, is in fact part of the Kempowski family-lingo and is used for anything that is extraordinarily good. There was a cigar manufacturer in Berlin called “Loeser & Wolff” [Karl Kempowski’s favorite brand of cigars and apparently also featured in Döblin’s novel Berlin Alexanderplatz]. The first name, “Loeser”, is pronounced the same way as “Löser”. The word “tadellos” means blameless, or impeccable. The comparative form of this adjective would be “tadellöser” (blamelesser?) in German (if it would exist, what it doesn’t). So Karl Kempowski smokes the blameless cigars of “Loeser & Wolff”, and calls them “Tadellöser & Wolf”, and then later anything that is of the highest quality. As you can imagine there are not a lot of things you could call “Tadellöser & Wolf” in wartime. But here are a few, and especially the mother is definitely a person for whom the glass is always half full.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Kempowski beschreibt in diesem collagenartig angelegten Roman, der Teil der insgesamt neun Bände umfassenden „Deutschen Chronik“ ist, seine Kindheit im Dritten Reich.Was dieses Buch lesenswert macht, ist Kempowskis oft grotesk und zynisch anmutende Art mit diesem schwierigen Kapitel deutscher Geschichte umzugehen. Hier wird nicht ermahnend der Zeigefinger erhoben, sondern vielmehr auf eine einzigartige Weise durch bewusste Auslassungen, Verharmlosungen und Belustigungen provoziert. Der Roman bietet einen authentischen Einblick in das private Leben der durchschnittlichen bürgerlichen Existenz jener Zeit.In das kollektive Gedächtnis eingegangen sind vor allem die vielen Kempowski’schen Sprüche, die vor allem in den 70ern und 80ern, aber auch noch heute bei Kennern zu geflügelten Wörtern geworden sind. Tadellose Sache das, dieser Roman!
Location read: Forsbach
Great story teller
Die Geschichte war ganz nett, auch wenn mir der ruckhafte Erzählstil etwas schwerfiel. Auch wurde es zum Ende etwas langatmig. Schönes Zeitkolerit ohne zu düster oder patetisch zu sein.