Hotography cclapcentercomMany of CCLaP s German readers will of course already be amiliar with author Benjamin Lebert he s a German as well after all whose 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 110 pages and in large type as well the book is not much
than a chronicle of a conversation between two young German men while a chronicle of a conversation between two young German men while a nighttime train ride rom Munich to Berlin it s a long and boring journey or those who don t know one perfect or intimate conversations between strangers in a shared bunking carAh but unfortunately Elizabeth I for this being such a tiny book there sure are a whole lot of problems with that conversation at the center of The Bird Is a Raven starting with its extremely uneven tone how even as it s ostensibly a re telling of the action based stories that are driving both of these young menrom Munich and into Berli. Y relationships gone wrong hearts Henry is running away rom a triangle of riendship gone sour; Paul is running away too but as night unfolds and the train speeds north across the German landscape his story turns ominous What. ,
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with the kind of aimless navel gazing ennui that marks the stereotypicalthe kind of aimless navel gazing ennui that marks the stereotypical about indie European arts just pages and pages of young males staring balefully out dark train windows while muttering lines such as Oh ja I am Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley filled with Der Angst and now I wonder perhaps if an angel dies every time a rose sheds ein petal 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 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 like punchline at the very end of the manuscript something so pointless and arbitrarily violent that it just leaves you scratching your head afterwards and saying the ck Stupid language loving angst embracing Germans I tells yaOut of 10 22. He
finally reveals to his unsuspecting traveling companion goes into the darkest sphere of human behavior Shocking and raw The Birdreveals to his unsuspecting traveling companion goes into the darkest sphere of human behavior Shocking and raw The Bird a Raven is the work of a writer at the beginning of a stellar career From the Trade Paperback edition. .
In this irst person Novella protagonist Paul shares a sleeper car on the train with Henry who talks talks talks So we get Henry s story in this car on the train with Henry who talks talks talks So we get Henry s story in this hand storytelling Occasional orays into Paul s mind shows he is troubled by something he s returning to In the end Paul s problems are revealed leaving Henry gaping In all it seemed a sophomoric device such as ound in beginner creative writing classes Not really original just reproduced in a 21st century style lots of sex and graphic language Why do I continue to read German translations They re always so odd Not my kind of story 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 philosophical musings he maybe shouldve j gotten a diary but i liked the weaving stories ormat and ind some of the musings interesting and the sparse writing makes it go uickly good public transport book Reprinted rom the Chicago Center Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: for Literature and Henry and Paul are strangers when theyind themselves sharing a sleeping compartment on a night train rom
Munich To Berlin Whento Berlin When begin to talk their stories appear to be variations on the same theme young guys adrift in the big cit. ,