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The Invention Of Curried Sausage

The Invention Of Curried Sausage By Uwe Timm The Invention Of Curried Sausage An ingenious revealing and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met seduced and held captive a deserter in April just before the war s end The

  • Title: The Invention Of Curried Sausage
  • Author: Uwe Timm
  • ISBN: 9780811212977
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Invention Of Curried Sausage By Uwe Timm An ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war s end The Invention of Curried Sausage is an ingenious, revealing, and delightful novel about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food Uwe Timm has heard claims that currywurstAn ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war s end The Invention of Curried Sausage is an ingenious, revealing, and delightful novel about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food Uwe Timm has heard claims that currywurst first appeared in Berlin in the 1950s, but he seems to recall having eaten it much earlier, as a boy in his native Hamburg, at a stand owned and operated by Lena Brucker He decides to check it out Although the discovery of curried sausage is eventually explained, it is its prehistory about how Lena Br cker met, seduced and held captive a German deserter in Hamburg, in April, 1945, just before the war s end that is the tastiest part Timm draws gorgeous details from Lena s fine grained recollections, and the pleasure these provide her and the reader supply the tale s real charm.
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    1. Jan-Maat on said:

      I haven t read the translation but I do feel the need to make absolutely clear that Currywurst is not curried sausage The Wurst is never curried, it may be served in a curried tomato sauce, or in tomato sauce with a dusting of curry powder on top but the Wurst is uncurried, a plain, traditional Wurst chopped into slices I know that translation is the art of failure, but the translator went too far in this case For added annoyance towards the end of the novel the author describes the invention of [...]

    2. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      Curried sausage, anyone I like chicken curry be it Indian curry or Thai curry I especially like it when it is served with nan that Indian unleavened bread and eaten by hands A gastronomical delight with the red and green pepper, the aroma of coconut and the thick yellowish sauce chicken curry is definitely a mouth or even soul satisfying food But German curry Curried sausage, invented in German That s news to me This 1001 book, The Invention of Curried Sausage tells the story of how curried saus [...]

    3. Friederike Knabe on said:

      Lena Br cker is the heroine of Uwe Timm s 1993 novella, The Invention of Curried Sausage or Die Entdeckung der Currywurst in German A kind of sausage any German has enjoyed in their youth and beyond Now old and blind, living in a nursing home, Lena shares her memories of the last weeks in Hamburg in April early May 1945 with the much younger narrator For decades, Lena owned one of the food stalls in downtown Hamburg, and her specialty was curried sausage One of the many customers was young Uwe T [...]

    4. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      Curried sausage was accidentally invented when love had at last brought the pain it had promised It was salvation disguised as food Who knows where she would have ended up, dead maybe, had she not stumbled, eyes blinded by tears, spilling the curry powder Against the backdrop of an ending war they found each other Their love was illicit, but true nonetheless Years after, eyes blinded by old age, she remembers everything A man in search of the inventor of curried sausage finds her in a nursing ho [...]

    5. Scot on said:

      Although fairly unknown and relatively obscure in the United States, this novella by Uwe Timm was a best seller in Germany in the mid 1990s, and it is a remarkable piece of literature The translator, Leila Vennewitz, deserves a word of praise too even in translation this story unfolds in a lyrical, captivating manner.A fellow living in Munich sometimes debates with friends where his favorite German specialty snack, curried sausage, originated, and he maintains it began with a woman who lived in [...]

    6. Gisela Hafezparast on said:

      Excellent description of not only a very touching romance between an older woman and a young soldier but what the last days of the war and the first few months of peace were like for normal people Lena by chance meets a young soldier destined for the last push of the war, which inevitably would cost him his life as it did so many others She hides him in her flat and they have a short romance Neither is quite honest, he forgets to mention his wife and child and she that the war is over within day [...]

    7. Kristel on said:

      The story within the story double narrator device is set in Hamburg, Germany at the end of WWII The protagonist, a young man who used to eat curried sausage at Mrs Br cker s stand sets out to find out how she came to invent curried sausage Mrs Br cker begins a long story which really is the story of her life at the end of WWII A young naval officer, Bremer, is assigned to go to the front line to stop British tanks instead of returning to his map room in Oslo He spends the night with Lena He then [...]

    8. Edwin Priest on said:

      Firstly, the invention of curried sausage is not at all what The Invention of Curried Sausage is about.Well OK, it is about that, sort of In this book, the narrator author, Uwe Timm goes on a search for the culinary origins of this reputedly famous German street food He does so by tracking down the owner of a food stall from his childhood, Lena Br ckner, now old, blind and living in a nursing home She will not answer his curry question directly, and instead tells Timm of her time in Hamburg as W [...]

    9. Thing Two on said:

      This novella snuck up on me Uwe Timm writes a story about an old woman recalling a wartime relationship and how it lead to the invention of the German take out dish curried sausage This story sucked me in until I got to the point I couldn t put it down not even for a currywurst Beautiful, poignant, and powerfully written, this story begs to be heard I may read it aloud next time.

    10. Julia on said:

      An odd, charming little German novella Can t say what made me pick it up, but it was a tasty morsel.

    11. Bjorn on said:

      Currywurst is one of those weird results of the post war era the most teutonic of foods, the sausage, fried up in Indian curry or rather a European version of it As Timm puts it, it s the sort of food that could only be a hit in a country where grey must occasionally be offset by splats of red It started turning up in hot dog stands in the 50s and became a staple of German fast food Trying to pinpoint exactly when and by whom it was invented is like trying to decide who invented the hamburger or [...]

    12. Kris McCracken on said:

      A cracking little book by Uwe Timm It s a beautiful mediation on women, men, circumstances, knitting and curried sausage.It s a lovely capture of a specific time and place, and reflection on what are really universal human relations As the title indicates, at its heart is the search for the inventor of the Currywurst, a popular German fast food consisting of hot pork sausage cut into slices and seasoned with curry sauce regularly consisting of tomato paste blended with curry and generous amounts [...]

    13. Jennifer on said:

      Some of the greatest things are discovered by accident and by simple twists of fate Well, that s this book in a nutshell Sorry foodie fans of curried sausage, but this book isn t really about the invention of spicy meat in tube form Not specifically anyways It s really about living in Nazi Germany as the war ends and the influence of paths that cross unexpectedly in dire situations I absolutely loved the pages were the curried sausage inventor, Lena Br cker, was forced by the constraints of the [...]

    14. Inga on said:

      Der Ich Erz hler erinnert sich an die leckere Currywurst an der Imbissbude von Lena Dr cker in der N he des Hauses seiner Tante in Hamburg Es hei t, Lena Dr cker habe die Currywurst entdeckt Er versucht dieser Behauptung nachzusp ren und findet Frau Dr cker im Altenheim, wo sie ihm Torte essend und strickend die Geschichte erz hlt, die ins Jahr 1945 zur ckreicht.Lena Dr cker versteckt in den letzten Kriegswochen einen jungen Marinesoldaten in ihrer Wohnung Er rettet sich dadurch vor dem sicheren [...]

    15. Roger Brunyate on said:

      A Shaggy Dog Story With BiteUwe Timm calls this charming book a novella At over 200 pages, it might seem long for this description, but the book s format is scarcely larger than the palm of my hand, and the story itself is a simple one, without complications or subplots Curried sausage apparently sliced sausage with curry sauce, Currywurst is a German food truck specialty The author knows the woman who claims to have invented it, a Frau Lena Br cker, whose stall he used to visit on his occasiona [...]

    16. Robert on said:

      Although I m not one to judge a book by its cover or title even, I couldn t help feeling very excited when I was going to start The Invention of One has to admit that it is a peculiar title and its cultish pocket sized shape made me feel that I was on to something special.It is The narrator I m assuming it is the author frequents a curried sausage stand all throughout his youth and part of his adult life When the stand is taken over he decides to investigate and see if the curried sausage lady, [...]

    17. Sara on said:

      Die Entdeckung der Currywurst is a book that, as a teacher of German, I feel I should have read long ago since it shows up on so many people s syllabi in upper level content courses It has never really seemed interesting to me a story of an older woman who takes in a soldier hiding from being sent to the front and tricks him into staying in hiding with her even after the war ends , but after reading Uwe Timm s novel Vogelweide Roman and loving it so much, I finally decided to read this book And [...]

    18. Bobby on said:

      A short fictional story set in post WWII Germany about how curried sausage was invented Though initially the subject didn t seem all that interesting to me frankly, I ended up being charmed by the technical merits of this book as well as the sense of nostalgia it evokes This is one of the rare books I ve read that successfully manages to leave the war in the background, and instead focus on the story it sets out to tell, while never letting the reader forget the post war context that clearly is [...]

    19. Jim Coughenour on said:

      As its title suggests, this is a tasty morsel of a book, a quick read with a twist of piquant melancholy Set in Hamburg in 1989, where the narrator interviews an old neighbor who claims to have invented curried sausage only a German could make this sound good , most of the story actually takes place at the very end of WWII Unlike most European novels set at that time, Timm s novella is light the word droll comes to mind Recommended as a snack.

    20. Anita on said:

      Finally, I managed to finish this book because my exam is on Tuesday about it D It was really about the invention of Curried Sausage and it was so boring It wasn t that difficult to understand but it was confusing because the book had 4 different times periods and it changed many times also in the middle of the sentence I can t understand my German teacher why she picked this book out for us.

    21. Jeffrey on said:

      The style of writing the author used for this book didn t quite work for me.

    22. Beatrice on said:

      There s something about The Invention of Curried Sausage It s a short novel that I ve read many times A book like no other.

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    24. Eugene on said:

      An interesting, if somewhat difficult, read not sure if that s because of the translation, a cultural issue, the punctuation and spacing conventions used, or the multiplicity of narrators and time framese narrator Timm is convinced curried sausage began first in the late 40 s in Hamburg rather than the 50 s in Berlin that others believe He remembers getting the treat from Mrs Br cker s stand in Grossneumarkt Square there as a child He tracks her down in a nursing home to get the inside story, bu [...]

    25. Lupo on said:

      Libro molto piacevole che racconta la storia di Lena Br cker, personaggio di fantasia che inventa il Currywurst, figura che nelle intenzioni di Timm rappresenta tutte quelle donne di Amburgo che hanno contribuito a far rinascere la citt dopo la guerra.Timm entra a gamba tesa sulle intenzioni di Berlino di farsi patria di questo fortunato piatto della cucina della Germania del nord L , infatti, l invenzione datata al 1949 mentre Timm ricorda di aver mangiato il currywurst ad Amburgo, sua citt di [...]

    26. Linda C on said:

      The narrator of the story is convinced the German street food, curried sausage, was invented in Hamburg by a Mrs Lena Brucker, earlier than the 1950s Berlin where it was supposedly created He remembers her and the food from when he visited his aunt in Hamburg He travels to Hamburg and begins investigating only to discover that Lena is alive and living in a retirement home there He visits and asks for the story which she doles out over three weeks of visits She agrees to reveal the accident that [...]

    27. Joerg on said:

      Nice little story set in post war Germyn Everything you want from a Novalla.

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