It wasn't entirely wasted, but this is far from Mann at his best.
No, because the story is quite dull. It is mostly an exploration of what goes into forming the German prince of the pre-WWI era. I might recommend it to a fellow historian, as it seems clear that Mann was elaborating his view of the German national character and militaristic tendencies (of the era) in this story.
Yes, but the narration was rather uninspired.
No, not that type of a book.
I wouldn't recommend it because the story feels flat. It lacks richness of character and there are no dramatic high points or moments of humor. I also found the Irish-accented narration droning.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the notion of an outsider with unclear status taking part in both a slave family and a slave-owner family. The least interesting aspect was the stereotype-ridden characters.
I have not heard any others.
No. The characters just aren't interesting enough.
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