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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I enjoyed this, but I’m not sure why exactly. This book, set shortly after German reunification, is ostensibly about a Johannienacht German writer commissioned to write about potatoes.
He goes to Berlin the erstwhile east in search of a potato archive compiled by a recently deceased East German researcher. What the book is really about is the wall that still existed in Germans’ heads, ude spite of the tearing down of the actual Wall dividing Berlin.
Wessis Westerners viewed the Ossis Easterners with condescencion alternately pitying their “backwardness” and disparaging them as rubes. Ossis reacted with a certain amount of antipathy. Though many people suffered under the old DDR, many in the East felt that their society had been stolen from them. Timm writes with a sense of quirky oddness. His individual scenes are johahnisnacht.
Things seem a little disjointed, but it all connects in the end. I’m really disappointed in this book.
It was really funny and had lots of ironic moments, but the story is really lackluster and it’s format becomes repetitive in just a few chapters. Written with a good sense of humor. Katjawenger rated it liked it Nov 07, Kamathpoornima rated it liked it Dec 31, Marc rated it liked it Jan 24, Michi rated uw liked it Aug 11, Marta rated it liked it Apr 30, Chris rated it liked it Jul 25, Gilles Dazord rated it liked it Oct 14, Tanitha rated it liked it Nov 11, Edward Docking rated it liked johannusnacht Nov 01, Lupo rated it liked it Jan 30, Mark rated it liked johanniwnacht Aug 01, Athanasia rated it liked it May 16, Nathalie rated it liked it Aug 22, Martha Marthicia rated it liked it Jul 03, Michael Hart rated it liked it Jan 27, Birgit rated it liked it Oct 24, Simon Hoddinott rated it liked it Jun 04, Ronja rated it liked it Jun 19, Teresa rated it liked it Jan 17, Geetha Chakravarthy rated it liked it Aug 15, Nino Padova rated it liked it Oct 12, Odinfk rated it liked it May 26, Niki rated it liked it Dec 26, Corbeau rated it liked it Jan 18, Claire rated it liked it Dec 03, Conina rated it liked it Jan 20, Ann Crites rated it liked it Sep 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Uwe Timm was the youngest son in his family.
His brother, timm years his senior, was a soldier in the Waffen SS and died in Ukraine in Decades later, Uwe Timm approached his relationship with his father and brother in the critically acclaimed novel In my brother’s shadow. During his studies, Timm was engaged in leftist activities of the s.
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From to he was a member of the German Communist Party. Three times Timm has been called as a writer-in-residence to several universities in English-speaking countries: Today he is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany. Timm imitates everyday storytelling by using everyday vocabulary and simple sentences and generally tries to imitate the way stories are orally told. His works often indirectly link with each other by taking up minor characters from one story and making this character the main character of another work.
Timm’s works also tend to have autobiographical features and often deal with the German past or are set in the German past. Books by Uwe Timm. Trivia About Midsummer Night. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.