Self-proclaimed bibliophile, culture nut and nerdfighter. English lit. and linguistics geek. Future career in publishing.
Once upon a time, there were four, and later eight, children, who now qualify as adults. But what does it mean to be an adult? Regression is permissible.
- Excerpt from "Godawful Mess" (chapter 4)
Note: The review below was taken directly from my Goodreads account.
So this book is about Grass's life (well, part of it) as seen through the lens of his eight children, who, I might add, are from four different women. I think that says more about Grass than any fictional thing his children say in this book.
His prose is wonderful, but he can't seem to write different voices for his children. They all come out sounding the same.
Clever idea having the old Agfa box camera take pictures that show wishes and the potential future, but it led to a lot of asides and tangents rather than focusing on the family and its relationship with Grass and his writing.
Dunno. I'll definitely check out his other stuff.