MOORE, THOMAS The Poetical Works Thomas Moore Irish melodies 1900 RARE WARDLOCK hardb ed. Recounts the enchanted career of the con man extraordinaire Felix Krull--a man unhampered by the moral precepts that govern the conduct of ordinary people.
This picaresque novel of adventure by the writer of such ponderous masterpieces as _The Magic Mountain_ is one of my favorite books. Those who know Thomas Mann for his weightier books will be surprised to see how light this short novel is. The Confessions of Felix Krull, published in the year of Thomas Mann's death, 1955,is a remarkable work of humor and satire.
This was the last book written by Thomas Mann and it's certainly a masterpiece of German literature. We need styles that are quick and easy to maintain without having to wake up at the break of dawn every morning to get it right.
Many readers who come to it after _Buddenbrooks_ or "Tonio Kroeger" note the parallels Mann felt existed between the artist and the confidence man.
Check out this book, and you'll learn this great author could be tongue in cheek, hilarious, and downright boisterous.
Felix Krull is a "Con Man." This book recounts his early years, from early childhood, through his ingenious method of avoiding being drafted into the army, to his initial jobs. In Tonio Kroeger, the eponymous central character has an encounter in his home town where he's mistaken briefly for a con man. Even more amazing is that he started this novel as young man (though an astoundingly successful and famous one after the phenomenal Buddenbrooks,published at the age of 26!), ands finished it 40 plus years and 2 world wars later, when in his 70's! He avoids the army by appearing too eager to join, thus inducing suspicion regarding his mental stability. The book had its origins in a fragment published by Mann long before, in 1909, even before Death in Venice, probably his most well known work, at least these days. Not only was he a rebel since his youth, but also a cynical and disguised person.His confessions are made up of the finest humour, irony and sarcasm ever written and the events are so surprising that it's impossible to predict what he will be up to next.


A young man out to make his mark in the world evades the draft, frolicks with various high class ladies, learns the ins and outs of some mean European city streets, and generally proves himself a rogue of extraordinary powers! He works his way up by recognizing that having a good appearance and a willing attitude more than compensates for lack of experience or ability. Perhaps this accounts for the youthful humor mixed with a wisdom and tolerance that a man of the world like Mann attained after a long, eventful and thoughtful life.Felix Krull is a charmer from the earliest age, a knowing manipulator of his surroundings and even his own body, able to induce fevers by self-will to avoid the boredom of school and bemuse his family doctor into acquiescence. We have an unbeatable selection of 7 million books, honest, accurate grading and features that help you find out-of-print, second-hand treasure. In _Felix Krull_, Mann turns that theme on its head and plays it as a burlesque and shows us the artist seen through the fun-house mirror of the artist-equals-con man metaphor.
There are bits of the standards Mann philosophizing, comments on the Greek Gods,etc, but that is to be expected from this incredible genius of a writer. Being a confidence man requires supreme self-confidence and Felix has that in abundance.For me the pivotal scene is when Felix is taken to the theater by his father to see a play in which one of the father's old school chums is starring. Blessed by astonishing beauty that affects all that come into contact with him and fuels an arrogance and self-confidence that probably would not be tolerated in someone of lesser grace, he is able to insinuate himself up the social ladder into the most rarefied social circles of aristocratic Europe. Cover has nicks and small tear at the head, inside has tanning to page edges, else square, clean and tight with owners name written. But for all those Mann doubters out there who stumbled over say, DEATH IN VENICE, MAGIC MOUNTAIN, FAUSTUS etc. Through his own wit and the vanities and susceptibilities of his victims, he brazens his way through the most delicate situations.While it is not necessary to have a familiarity with Mann's life and other works to enjoy this book, such knowledge will add greatly to the fun.
It may be that Mann intends that Felix Krull symbolically represents decay beneath his disguise (like the actor Mueller-Rose in the story), but the reader doesn't *feel* this is true.
There are many autobiographical references and self-caricatures dispersed amongst the characters who knowingly or unknowingly are seduced by the irrepressible Felix and some of the observations and feelings that Felix describes are most definitely those that Mann himself strongly felt.Recurring motifs throughout Mann's works find expression here. Krull might be the healthiest character in Mann's work, full of that zest for life that so wearied the bourgeois manque' Tonio Kroeger in Italy.
The star turns out to be much shorter than he appeared to be, with reddish hair instead of black, and rough skin instead of the smooth skin he appeared to have.


Most striking is the identification of Felix with the Greek god Hermes, here in his aspect of god of thieves. Felix Krull isn't a "manque'" anything; a consummate actor on the stage of life, he is simply whatever or whomever he wants to be. Look back to Death in Venice and see how Mann uses the god Hermes in reference to Tadzio, especially at the end when Aschenbach lies dying and Tadzio as Hermes, the messenger of death, beckons in the waves. The elegance and suavity of the writing, captured well by the Lindley translation, are both a pleasure to read, and an analogue for the well-oiled confidence skills of the first person narrator. Topping it off, he is in need of continuous reassurance that he did a good job, whereas the character he played was supremely confident and poised. It's helpful to remember that we are being told "true confessions" by a man who has made his way in life by taking people in. This is the key to Felix's realization that for most of the world illusion is reality, and that the illusionist needs the audience just as the audience needs the illusionist.
Mann wrote the book with one eye, as it were, on the great German picaresque novel by Hans von Grimmelshausen, _Simplicius Simplicissimus_. We do leave Felix as a young man, wondering what his further adventures and potential growth might have been. Krull's travails, talents, and successes are at times a humorous transposition of those in Grimmelshausen's famous work. Because the book was started back in 1910, and reflects on a period 20 or more years earlier, it's a historical time capsule of sorts.



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