New Layout and Book Review

So I’ve switched up the look of MGW…what do you think?

It’s been a while since I reviewed a book, mainly because it’s been a while since I’ve read one! Death in Venice is a collection of stories by Thomas Mann, an early twentieth-century German author known for exploring the artist’s psyche. The writing is dense–it’s definitely one of those books that makes you think you’re not reading on the level you should–but if you can get beyond the dense style, the stories are fairly engaging. The title story is about an aged, accomplished writer who vacations in Venice and develops a secret at the same time as the city itself. Honestly, if you do pick this book up, read the second story, “Tonio Kroger,” first. It’s much quicker to get going than “Death in Venice.” If you have no interest in either early twentieth century Europe or the psychology of the artist, however, I’d steer clear. Reading it feels like pushing a boulder up a hill at times.

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