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Two elderly German men, Theo Wuttke and Ludwig Hoftaller, both in their seventies, and
who now work for a company set up to privatize the former East Germany, find themselves
examining their country's past and present in Gunter Grass' “Too Far Afield.” This is a
poignant accounting of their feelings as the Berlin Wall has fallen around them, and it is
their jobs to make some sense outof the whole thing. Bizarre, surreal, comic, tragic--this
book is a mesmerizing account of a very real happening. Grass has often been criticized for
his criticism
of Germany (he opposed the Nazis and suffered for that, too!). It is not as if he doesn't love
The Fatherland, but his works, especially this one, doesn't shun the irresponsibilities of its
citizens. Slow-moving perhaps, this book is worthwhile in its literary undertaking. It's a
great work.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   fighting government corruption Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   European Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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