“Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann
This is the 3rd book I’ve read from the 2020 Man Booker International shortlist so far. I really enjoy reading books from this book prize, and this book is no exception.
Tyll is about a jester, comedian, rogue, that wanders around Europe during the 30 year war. His story is intertwined with many notable people of the era. Life is hard for him, and for all people during this long, drawn out war. Every chapter is a key moment in his life, or another person in this time. The first chapter is incredible in setting up the cruel, brutish time they are living in. Chapters are long, and take time to build up momentum. Sometimes you will be wondering what it is building up to, but then you get to that point and find it was all worth it.
If I don’t call His Majesty an idiot, who will? Somebody has to. And you’re not allowed.
The characters the author builds up are brilliant. I heard this book is now being turned into a NETFLIX show, and I am very excited to see how it turns out. If it is only half as good as the book, it’ll still be splendid!
It sounds like a rather bleak book, and it is, but there are incredible moments of character development of Ulenspiegel as we tag along on this wild ride through war-torn Europe. After reading this book, I realize I know precious little about the 30 Year War. Any good history book suggestions?
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #45 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge
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