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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Mann Narrator: Simon Callow Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom, Mann wrote. But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist's dignity.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deodand | 2/11/2014

    " I really wanted Mann to just get on with it. I guess he had to circle his themes fairly widely, considering the times, but I can usually read a book with it's context in mind. This one gave me trouble and, though I finished it, by the end I didn't really care what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clivemichael Justice | 2/6/2014

    " Coming late to Thomas Mann, I'm struck by the assembly of words, the descriptive excess in the best sense of the word, a feast as it were of images and understanding. I struggled with the self analysis yet was drawn into his sense of being. A certain discomfort with his fascination and the inevitable conclusion pulled me relentlessly. I'll be reading more of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivonne Sanchez segura | 1/7/2014

    " It is one of my favorite books. I really like the story but I love that is a book about beauty. I think that is a book who talks about the love for someone (could have been something) who represents beauty and the narration and all the mental discussion the protagonist has trough the story it's sublime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stien | 1/5/2014

    " Moving tale, no sentimental storytelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kingfan30 | 1/4/2014

    " How hard going for such a small book? At 60 odd pages I was expecting a light quick ready, but no this required a huge amount of concentration and re-reading of paragraphs! I have to say I did not like the main character, his obsession for the young boy was very disturbing. The watching from a distance on the beach, changing plans to stay longer and following through the streets of Venice, it was all very strange, and then all of a sudden it came to an abrupt end. Not my kind of book I'm afraid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 12/30/2013

    " Fantastic book, incredible writing, very intricate and intellectual themes. Though it is short, make sure to take your time reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Alden | 12/23/2013

    " The prose is amazing, though the tale itself is dark and deeply disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leif Erik | 9/24/2013

    " Where I work becoming von Aschenbach is an occupational work hazard that I fear I may not be immune. Good novella though. Well worth spending a slow afternoon reading. Try as a chaser after Lolita. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amelia Elizabeth | 8/3/2013

    " It was okay, I liked it, but I think it was probably the writing style that bothered me more than anything. Maybe it was because of the translation? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike mcghee | 1/19/2013

    " not life-changing, but if i'd read it at the right time i get the feeling it would have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eula | 12/24/2012

    " All I can say is, I feel bad for the guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peta-Anne | 10/18/2012

    " This was a poignant illustration of shared(?) feelings that cannot be voiced or demonstrated by either party. It was enough for me to feel the frustration, the desire and the humour in the situation. The cholera didn't do it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 1/16/2012

    " Either I missed something, or there seemed to be a lack of development/transitions. I really didn't buy into the artist's feelings at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 9/4/2011

    " I would never have thought that something so short, could be so powerful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bernard | 5/4/2011

    " Dense narrative had a hypnotic effect that often made me close my eyes. May pick up later but not really in the mood for something this intense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 4/26/2011

    " Foggy, but what I imagine a more perverse and desperate version of Lolita would be. I remember Mann to be big on setting elaboration...maybe a little dry for me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeb | 4/25/2011

    " I guess I just didn't get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 4/15/2011

    " What an insane book. I don't know how you give a lot of stars to a book about a dying pedophile but most of what I remember about the book is the graphic descriptions of how everyones genitals smelled, which I guess is worth something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke | 4/11/2011

    " The story is magnificent. The sea, the dreams, the tone. I wonder if I find it more interesting than Lolita because it is about objectifying a boy than a girl. I wonder if it is a cautionary tale against homoeroticism. I wish I had kept studying German so I could read him in his language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 César | 4/4/2011

    " Más que una novela que habla acerca de la pasión poética y erotismo socrático que siente Achenbach por el pequeño Tadzio, este libro habla más bien de la añoranza de la juventud perdida y la búsqueda de ese reflejo difuso del Yo en el Aquél. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sandy | 4/4/2011

    " It was just bizarre and I didn't connect with the characters. Many of them just seemed either bratty or clueless. I don't understand why they never considered breaking out of the school. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lanel | 3/25/2011

    " Spoils the magic of Venice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 3/23/2011

    " My top Thomas Mann pick, the slim novel which led me to explore The Magic Mountain and against my initial judgment, love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Murat | 3/14/2011

    " I skipped two of the stories in this book. The writing was good but there was something missing that made it hard for me to get into the stories. Still, I am glad I read these stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/15/2011

    " One of the best descriptive books I have read. Mann knows how to draw the reader in with his lively, descriptive techniques. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerard | 2/12/2011

    " I know I said I wasnt going to retrospectively add book.
    By was just unpacking a box of books and found this one.

    A truly fantastic story of love, obsession and death.

    Fantastically written.
    Lovely and short.

    A great gift from my friend Paul. x "

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