Das Familientreffen: Roman by Anne Enright

Das Familientreffen: Roman

byAnne Enright, Hans-Christian Oeser

Kobo ebook | March 11, 2009 | German

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Die Gewinnerin des Booker-Preises 2007!

Der Hegarty-Clan versammelt sich in Dublin, um Liam, das schwarze Schaf der Familie, zu Grabe zu tragen – doch schnell gerät der Anlass zur Nebensache. Nur Veronica wagt es, nach den Umständen zu fragen, die ihren Bruder in den Tod getrieben haben mögen. Ein beeindruckend intensiver Roman über die Frage nach Schuld und Verantwortung, nach der Liebe und ihren Folgen.

Als Kinder haben sie sich stets alle Geheimnisse anvertraut, und auch als Erwachsene sind Veronica und ihr Bruder Liam noch immer aufs Engste miteinander verbunden. Doch dann stürzt Liam sich mit Steinen in den Hosentaschen ins Meer, und Veronica bleibt allein zurück mit der Frage nach dem Warum. Während sie im Dubliner Elternhaus die Beerdigung vorbereitet, überwältigen sie die Erinnerungen an ihre Kindheit, an ihre Großmutter, die aus Vernunftgründen auf die Liebe ihres Lebens verzichtete, an ihre Mutter, die sich nach den vielen Geburten und Fehlgeburten nicht einmal die Namen all ihrer Kinder merken konnte. Und an jenen Tag, an dem ihrem Bruder Liam, gerade neun Jahre alt, etwas angetan wurde, vor dem sie ihn hätte beschützen müssen.

Ein bewegender Roman, dessen sprachliche Finesse und eindrucksvolle Bildlichkeit einen bisher ungekannten Blick auf das verletzliche Wesen der menschlichen Seele zu werfen vermag.

Title:Das Familientreffen: RomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 11, 2009Publisher:E-Books der Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbHLanguage:German

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I read this book a couple of years ago and it still resonates. It is a brilliantly written and moving story. I cannot fathom the negative reviews. Perhaps those who wrote them have very short attention spans, or only want happy fluff.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from More than disappointing This is a rarity for me. I didn't finish this book. Enright's writing style is authentic enough. I do sense a real person narrating. But the narrative just wasn't that special, didn't take me by the hand to places I cared enough to keep up with her on. Whatever build up and impact to the various events seemed to fizzle out. My feeling about it is perhaps the worse thing I can say about a book: it simply wasn't worth my time.
Date published: 2010-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Was the publishing house sleeping when this was published? Terrible. Fragmented literature.....boring characters...and we were given no liberty to know more about them but for the main character who is self-absorbed about her own trivial life. Hard to finish. Synopsis is fooling...won't ever recommend this author for any book club read! What a waste of paper and ink.
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed There was some clever writing; a few sentences that made you put the book down and savour the sentence just read, but overall not worth the time. Read the book because of the awards. Took effort to finish. I won't read anything else from this author.
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I am so surprised that this award winning novel is far from the expectation I had for it. The protagonist is distant and withdrawn, her ambigious and slightly sarcastic attitude towards the family members that she was supposed to care about just doesn't help. The incongruence of her actions and thoughts makes it hard for readers to relate to her. Agree with other reviewers, I had to admit that the writing might be a bit boring.
Date published: 2008-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Gathering The Gathering is the fourth novel I have read written by Irish author Anne Enright. It won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. The novel involves the "inner journey" of the main character, the narrator, Veronica- and dives quickly from the present to the past and back again and takes place in England and Ireland. The title "The Gathering" refers to the narrator and her siblings gathering for the wake of their brother Liam. Liam is an alcoholic who committed suicide in the ocean. His mother and his eight siblings gather in Dublin for his wake. Veronica is 39 years old, and was closest with Liam. As she tries to make sense of her brother's death, she uncovers her family's dark and secretive past. A difficult and dark read, you have to work hard to read this novel and enjoy it. I don't believe that this is a novel for the average reader.
Date published: 2008-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Gathering Very difficult to get through. I found the writing stilted and sometimes difficult to follow. The characters were not empathetic whatsoever, so you never really cared what would happen in the end. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spare yourself How did this win awards? Terrible, drawn out, boring work. Save yourself the trouble.
Date published: 2008-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring As others did, I too picked up this book because it was a best seller. I cannot describe it as anything but disappointing....DO NOT BOTHER WITH IT!!
Date published: 2008-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hated it I bought this book because it was on the bestseller list and because it sounded interesting. I read a few chapters and absolutely hated it!! The story kept going from past to present and the language was confusing. I usually donate the books I don't want to the library or friends/family but I did not feel that this book should be shared - I threw it in the garbage.
Date published: 2008-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Terrible Beauty This book begins as very coarse and vulgar journey through grief and the family dynamics that the narrator feels lie at the cause of her brother's recent death. I was a bit put off to start but by the midpoint I could not put it down. Grief, mid-life crisis and the emotional pain family members inflict upon one another are very real and not always pretty or neatly resolved. This is not, in my mind, a book for readers who are not themselves in or nearing mid-life but I could be wrong. I did find it to be dark, haunting and powerful.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't Enjoy It It is rare that I want to stop reading a book. I think it does the writer a disservice if I don't see it to the end. This book was tough to continue reading. I found that it skipped around too much with too many characters and that she often used vulgar language that was unnecessary. I am surprised that it was a top seller. I gave it 2 stars because I think it had potential.
Date published: 2008-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This is one of the only books I have ever not been interested in finishing at all. I abandoned it half way through. The language was odd and choppy; it had no flow. I also did not actually find the story engaging, and it moved along at barely a crawl. I did not feel for the main character's loss and found the moving of the story between the past and present irritating.
Date published: 2008-02-16