E Bird Is a Raven which in actuality is like a novella than anything else A slim 110 pages and in large type as well the book is not much than a chronicle of a conversation between two young German men while on a nighttime train ride A Constellation of Vital Phenomena from Munich to Berlin it s a long and boring journeyor those who don t know one perfect or intimate conversations between strangers in a shared bunking carAh but unfortunately or this being such a tiny book there sure are a whole lot of problems with that conversation at the center of The Bird Is a Raven starting with its extremely uneven tone how even as it s ostensibly a re telling of the action based as it s ostensibly a re telling of the action based that are driving both of these young men Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights from Munich and into Berlin in the middle of a random night it is alsoilled with the kind of aimless navel gazing ennui that marks the stereotypical jokes about indie European arts just pages and pages of young males staring balefully out dark train windows while muttering lines such as Oh ja I am illed with Der Angst and now I wonder perhaps if an angel dies every time a rose sheds ein petal Not to mention that the stories the men tell about their Munich days are kind of offensive and misogynist and gross and dark anyway just witness the dour main story Henry s that is entirely populated with repulsive characters doing repulsive things given any opportunity at all to do soBut then it gets even worse than this believe it or not now
witness the otherthe other man s story Paul whose entire arc basically exists just to deliver a sitcom like punchline at the very end of the manuscript something so pointless and arbitrarily violent that it just leaves you scratching your head afterwards and saying the ck Stupid language loving angst embracing Germans I tells yaOut of 10 22. He inally reveals to his unsuspecting traveling companion goes into the darkest sphere of human behavior Shocking and raw The Bird is a Raven is the work of a writer at the beginning of a stellar career From the Trade Paperback edition.
Asional orays into Paul s mind shows he is troubled by something he s returning to In the end Paul s problems he is troubled by something he s returning to In the end Paul s problems revealed leaving Henry gaping In all it seemed a sophomoric device such as ound in beginner creative writing classes Not really original just reproduced in a 21st century style lots of sex and graphic language Weird I loved it very self indulgent author uses two characters Who Are Interchangeable As They Have The Same View That are interchangeable as they have the same view that exist just to taunt them and remind
them of theof the of their existence to express various philosophical musings he maybe shouldve j gotten a diary but i liked the weaving stories ormat and ind some of the musings interesting and the sparse writing makes it go uickly good public transport book But I just want you to know that I won t be orgetting this train ride anytime soon For me it was the weirdest train ride ever You can bet I ll be telling people about it STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare foreverNever has a character uttered a truer sentence Why do I continue to read German translations They re always so odd Weird short strange I am baffled by the title I m actually somewhat baffled by the whole thing The theme I suppose is young men seeking something desperaterom women How young men think a love affair will ix everything An interesting read but somewhat shallow Nowhere as deep as it pretends to be Still enjoyable enough I suppose Reprinted rom the Chicago Center Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomMany of CCLaP s German readers will of course already beamiliar with author Benjamin Lebert he s a German as well after all whose previous novel Crazy was a big cult hit over there in the early 2000s back when Lebert himself was barely than a kid And now we come to his second novel a tiny little volume called Th. Y relationships gone wrong broken hearts Henry is running away Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All from a triangle ofriendship gone sour; Paul is running away too but as the night unfolds and the train speeds north across the German landscape his story turns ominous What.