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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gunter Grass Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass remembers his early life, from his boyhood in a cramped two-room apartment in Danzig through the late 1950s, when his book The Tin Drum was published.

During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of 15 but was rejected; two years later, in 1944, he was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Taken prisoner by American forces as he was recovering from shrapnel wounds, he spent the final weeks of the war in an American POW camp. After the war, Grass resolved to become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.

Full of the bravado of youth, the rubble of postwar Germany, the thrill of wild love affairs, and the exhilaration of Paris in the early 50s, Peeling the Onion, which caused great controversy when it was published in Germany, reveals Grass at his most intimate. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Kemp | 2/17/2014

    " This is a well written, brave and honest introspection from a great writer. Gunter Grass's memory is an onion - when he ask questions of the past it is necessary to peel layers upon layers, sometimes to find that the relevant layer has nothing written on it. What is written are the early adventures of a human straw blowing in the storm winds of history - from his earliest days playing with grenade fragments in the streets of Danzig, to his experiences in the Hitler youth. In the SS during the last days of the Reich he played the role of cannon fodder for the Russians - though with a combination of incompetence and the luck of the fool he evades the fate that met most of his peers. In the postwar years he haphazardly followed his dream to succeed as an artist, though in what realm - sculpture, poetry, painting or even music - is unclear until another accident launches him as a prose writer. Throughout the whole narrative, Gunther openly acknowledges his ambiguous relationship with his parents, the many fleeting love interests of his callous and self-centred younger self, and shares with us his puzzlement at his survival and success. Bravest of all is his self-assessment as an onion - lacking a centre, lacking a heart, lacking tears until cut open and dissected, long after the layers have been set into place and covered up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Young | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting read...now back to 'The Tin Drum'... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 1/14/2014

    " A simple story, not too hard, not too soft. Good little break from all those complicated happenings in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan Andrews | 1/1/2014

    " Laborious reading that starts off fine but the style is tiresome within the first four chapters. Tons of names and locations which make it difficult to keep everything straight. A good complementary read to his book, The Tin Drum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/20/2013

    " A very readable look at Grass, by Grass. Charming and intimate at the same time. He really does peel his own onion, and was highly criticized for doing so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 3/21/2013

    " A wonderful, poetic memoir. I did not realize that Grass was a sculptor and artist as well as a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 12/15/2011

    " Reading this may prompt me to finally read "The Tin Drum," an early and very successful book by Grass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/7/2010

    " Fascinating, courageous, beautiful memoir. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 8/16/2010

    " Parts of it were interesting, but i couldn't get through the whole thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya Huber | 7/2/2010

    " I wanted to love this book; I love this author and The Tin Drum is one of my favorite books of all time. But I wanted more; there's so much drama surrounding his history in the SS, and the reflection just isn't there. Lots of talk about onions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 3/25/2010

    " Wide ranging covering life, art, politics, literature and life rich in incident in difficult conditions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/20/2010

    " I have always been a fan of Gunter grass after reading the Tin Drum and now I was able to hear him tell his own story of how he grew up and what happened to him during the WWII years which would make he paint such wonderful word pictures....Fantastic... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juankc | 1/7/2010

    " I found the book very heavy and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 10/31/2009

    " Grass's "snapshot"/peeling" method works well for my memory. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 10/1/2009

    " Parts of it were interesting, but i couldn't get through the whole thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlee | 4/4/2009

    " This guy's a friggin' genius. Though I feel that the true beauty of Grass' writing is lost in translation, this is a great book, if you have the energy to get through it--fascinating autobiography about a man who was a championed anti-war advocate with a less-than-sparkling past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/13/2009

    " A very readable look at Grass, by Grass. Charming and intimate at the same time. He really does peel his own onion, and was highly criticized for doing so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/25/2009

    " Once of my favorite Gunter Grass books. Half true-half fiction memior of his life. "

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