Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man

Confessions of Felix Krull Confidence Man Recounts the enchanted career of the con man extraordinaire Felix Krulla man unhampered by the moral precepts that govern the conduct of ordinary people Recounts the enchanted career of the con man ex

  • Title: Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man
  • Author: Thomas Mann Denver Lindley
  • ISBN: 9780749386726
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • Recounts the enchanted career of the con man extraordinaire Felix Krulla man unhampered by the moral precepts that govern the conduct of ordinary people.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.

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    1. Thomas Mann Denver Lindley

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer His older brother was the radical writer Heinrich Mann, and three of his six children, Erika Mann, Klaus Mann and Golo Mann, also became important German writers When Hitler came to power in 1933, Mann fled to Switzerland When World War II broke out in 1939, he emigrated to the United States, from where he returned to Switzerland in 1952 Thomas Mann is one of the best known exponents of the so called Exilliteratur.


    1. I had a sudden thought about this book which I had read some time ago which was how curious it was that a writer's last work was focused on a confidence trickster and his trickery when what is writing but a confidence trick created with the collusion of the reader. As a result this is a book about fantasy and invention, in which we might be best advised to trust nothing and to believe less.I wondered how far the subject of the book was a confession on the part of the author - the Patriarch with [...]

    2. In writing Felix Krull, I wonder if Thomas Mann was trying to prove that after all his heavy-duty works he could still turn out a romantic comedy, although not the ordinary kind. He's still Thomas Mann. Magic Mountain is overshadowed by the inevitable coming of World War I, Doktor Faustus directly confronts the evils of World War II. Felix Krull takes place in 1895, a time when no one (well, no one but people like Bertha von Suttner), had any inkling of the imminent tragedies of the 20th century [...]

    3. Here’s the copy of a letter I have sent to Felix Krull connected with the excuse that it is written in German. I wanted to make sure that Mr. Krull understands what I was trying to say. Although he claims in his memoir that he also speaks English, one can never be sure with a so called confidence man.Unfortunately, I have not received any reply to date.Mein hochgeschätzter, verehrter Felix Krull,ich schreibe Ihnen diese Zeilen unter dem Eindruck Ihrer Memoiren, die ich vor kurzem die Freude u [...]

    4. There are few authors whose works bring me as much pleasure as Thomas Mann. This continues to be the case with this all too short (and all too incomplete) book. Mann was working on this when he died in 1955 – I’m sure this information is out there (Mann is significant enough of a literary figure, that – like Joyce and Eliot and other titans of 20th century literature – he is documented almost to the point of exhaustion) though I’ve yet to run across it: I can’t help but wondering wha [...]

    5. Know that these are three loving stars, given out of respect for what the novel accomplishes even though it's incomplete and, most of the time, aimless and wandering.Confessions of Felix Krull is Thomas Mann's attempt at the picaresque, and Krull is something of a mix between Don Quixote and Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces. Parts of the novel are laugh-out-loud funny--not a gut reaction I've ever had to a Mann novel. I'm thinking in particular of a scene that could have been cut [...]

    6. Upon reading Felix Krull I have determined that I do not know as much about nothing as I thought I did. Clearly Thomas Mann has much more of a grasp on it than me. After reading the last lines of this novel I was left with the distinct feeling of just having lost something valuable, but not knowing quite what. I think that my lost feeling might be attributed to the fact that the writing of Thomas Mann is confounding, and at least in the case of Felix Krull is dumbfounding. I think that the book [...]

    7. I recently reread Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (The Early Years), Thomas Mann's last novel and a comic masterpiece. Felix Krull's confessions are filled with humorous episodes worthy of the Mann's story-telling mastery. Mann based the novel on an expanded version of a story he had written in 1911 and he managed to finish, and publish part one of the Confessions of Felix Krull, but due to his death in 1955 the saga of the morally flexible and irresistible conman, Felix, remained unf [...]

    8. Who knew the man who wrote Magic Mountain and Death in Venice might actually have a sense of humor? I orginally read this in college while doing a course on Hesse and Mann. After many grueling hours pushing complex sentence structures up Magic Mountain, this came as quite a shock. It was as if it were written by a completely different Mann. This is probably the funniest book I've ever read out of Germany. I particularly liked watching Felix worm his way out of the German draft and trying to pass [...]

    9. WARNING: This book review contains spoilers.I would not recommend the book Confessions of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann to anyone. I can honestly say it was one of the worst books I have ever read.The book is basically about a pretty boy who gets everything he wants in life. I did enjoy the book at first, but as the story progressed it became less believable and more annoying. Felix Krull, the main character and narrator, grew up in Germany. As a child, when Felix didn’t want to go to school he w [...]

    10. I read this book in Tonsberg, Norway while visiting Mother's sister Babs' family there. Specifically, I recall reading it in their yard during breaks while cutting their enormous lawn and while on the tor overlooking the mid-sized town while visiting the remains of a viking longhouse there.1978 was the year I finished the M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Mother had visited early that spring, enroute home to Norway after the failure of her second marriage, and had invited me to c [...]

    11. A friend's review of this is: great first half, dull second half. My review is the exact opposite, which suggests that this is just about taste. The first half, for me, was a little too cutesy with the symbolism, as Krull discovers how much he enjoys acting, impersonating, and being praised for his beauty. Well done, but also (for me) hampered by the impossibility of doing anything new with the first part of life-stories. You'll be surprised to learn that Felix has a family, there is a crisis, h [...]

    12. Thanks to Horst Adler for suggesting this great book, I am no longer afraid of reading Thomas Mann! There may even come a day when I revisit The Magic Mountain, a guilt book from bygone days. Having just finished Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, my thoughts are still swirling; this book was certainly not what I expected, Felix Krull himself was not what I expected; in fact: It is not a book about a con man! Certainly, Felix is a man who has a talent for moving convincingly between per [...]

    13. I know Mann is very much a respected guy, I think I've chosen the wrong book of his to read first.It's amazing how little actually happens in this book, I was expecting about a thousand instances of globetrotting con-artistry, but, what can I say, not a whole lot happens.I am afraid it sticks out like a sore thumb that this work was interrupted in progress and was slated to be the first in a series of books.Some long, useless digressions - Mann went into an absurd amount of detail on Krull's tho [...]

    14. The first part of the book, I have to be honest, is boringI almost gave up on it. What kept me going? I've enjoyed all of Mann's books so far, he's my favorite writer at the moment and this was his final novel, so I was really curious about his approach on it. I struggled for a few more pages and then, suddenly, something happend. I don't know exactly what, but it did. I started to like this book and it's initial display of events from the first part, wich I still believe what they were quite bo [...]

    15. The first half of this novel is a dramatic monologue almost as good as Mann’s Doctor Faustus (1947), which is one of the greatest ever written. Felix Krull is the very self-reflective memoir of a self-confessed conman that is a great work of self-justification more than a revelation of the makings of a conman (although it is that, too).Then suddenly the novel becomes plot-oriented. Felix’s attention moves from himself to the details of the world he is living in, the details that appeal to hi [...]

    16. This is a novel Thomas Mann began when a young man and finished when an old man. He said he didn't have the strength needed to keep up the tone of the novel when he was young. When you read this strange, delightful, exciting novel you'll know what he meant. Felix Krull, the hero/villain, is exuberant and fantastical and irrepressible. To think up such a character requires youth - to create such a being requires patience, persistence, knowledge, energy and incredible skill and competence, in shor [...]

    17. After a lifetime spent largely in writing rather ponderous novels, Thomas Mann decided to defy expectations in his last book, which is, despite showing a certain amount of craft, essentially the sort of soft-core pornography that is usually written under pseudonyms and sold in drug stores. Perhaps he wished to show people that he was not a snob,and he may, after finishing Doctor Faustus have found this sort of writing relaxing. He no doubt thought, correctly, that, given his reputation, many cri [...]

    18. I read this book when I was 18 years old and it is still very clear on my memory. It is an amazing book for all ages. But it should be mandatory for people who are starting out their life journey.

    19. 3.5 stars. Definitely a different read than Magic Mountain, and bizarrely entertaining considering it's 400 pages of pretentious first person prattle from an insufferable jackass.

    20. Я боюсь представить, сколько еще бы продолжались эти "преключения", если бы не смерть автора В той половине задумки Манна, что все таки дошла до читателя почти нет авантюр, одни только бесконечные описания окружения вокруг главного героя. Ну зачем мне знать как сервирован с [...]

    21. עד שאני סוף סוף מוצא ספר שלך תומאס מאן שאני מסוגל לקרוא עד הסוף, מתברר שהוא לא גמור 😐

    22. There is brilliant writing here, but the formal incompleteness and the failure to provide the later years leaves one with a sense of frustration. The sobriquet "confidence man" is a bit misleading, especially when one compares Felix Krull with the protagonist of Melville's "The Confidence Man: His Masquerade," which is also formally incomplete, but in a way that is satisfyingly provocative, since the confidence man of the title is seen in full maturity and efficacity in a richly and fully drawn [...]

    23. Bei aller Bewunderung für Thomas Mann: Der Felix Krullblieb mir doch etwas fremd. Was wohl leicht und unterhaltsam sein sollte, ist mitunter langatmig und insgesamt ziellos, was vielleicht frivol gemeint ist, wirkt eher altbacken. Aber die Sprache, die ist und bleibt Thomas Mann.Zu meiner ausführlichen Besprechung geht's hier:buchuhu.wordpress/2017/02

    24. Well i get that this is a kind of picaresque novel and that Mann on purpose imitates style of previous centuries (XVIII or even XVII). It's silly to blame Felix Krull for talking like a pompous douche, that's kind of the main purpose of the novel. Having said all that, the book is too gay anyways 'nuff said

    25. This was one of the most pompous, superficial and uninteresting books I have ever come across. I understand that this was one of Thomas Mann's uncompleted works, but this should have never saw the face of publishing. The characters are dull, the plot laughable and the writing detached and forced. Do not even bother, it is not worth the trouble.

    26. Una specie di Bel Ami, ma infinitamente più fatuo, più simpatico, più innocente: simile all’acqua, prende ogni forma che gli capita. Felix Krull pare uno di quegli dèi burloni e mascalzoni che si trovano in tante mitologie.

    27. It's not often that I just flip through the last couple chapters of a book. But in this case I did and I don't feel bad about it. There were some interesting parts but the narrator was so full of himself that the language just annoyed me most of the time.

    28. A great portrait of a true rogue. I can't understand why hollywood hasn't snatched it up and made it into a movie, but I'm glad it slipped under their radar.

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