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A Good Place To Start

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Death in Venice 3
Buddenbrooks 1

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Thomas Mann

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Heavenly October 15th, 2007 12:57 PM PST

Death in Venice. Everything else is too long and involved to start with. If you like Death in Venice, you'll want to read more Mann, and if you think it's boring, there's no way you could get through a few hundred pages of a similar style and density. All Mann's longer works are masterpieces, but take some significant commitment from the reader. Mann has some other short stories, too, but Death in Venice is the best by far.

Actually, a novella called The Black Swan is really good too. But Death in Venice is probably a more typical work.

bookbug October 22nd, 2007 07:02 AM PST

I agree with "Heavenly" that Death in Venice is a good start, but Buddenbrooks is another possibility--a classic bildingsroman that is also a very absorbing read.

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