Patterns of Childhood

Patterns of Childhood

Christa Wolf Ursule Molinaro Hedwig Rappolt / Oct 22, 2020

Patterns of Childhood This novel is a testament of what seemed at the time a fairly ordinary childhood in the bosom of a normal Nazi family in Landsberg Returning to her native town in East Germany forty years later acco

  • Title: Patterns of Childhood
  • Author: Christa Wolf Ursule Molinaro Hedwig Rappolt
  • ISBN: 9780374518448
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • This novel is a testament of what seemed at the time a fairly ordinary childhood, in the bosom of a normal Nazi family in Landsberg.Returning to her native town in East Germany forty years later, accompanied by her inquisitive and sometimes demanding daughter, Wolf attempts to recapture her past and to clarify memories of growing up in Nazi Germany

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      • Christa Wolf Ursule Molinaro Hedwig Rappolt

        A citizen of East Germany and a committed socialist, Mrs Wolf managed to keep a critical distance from the communist regime Her best known novels included Der geteilte Himmel Divided Heaven, 1963 , addressing the divisions of Germany, and Kassandra Cassandra, 1983 , which depicted the Trojan War.She won awards in East Germany and West Germany for her work, including the Thomas Mann Prize in 2010 The jury praised her life s work for critically questioning the hopes and errors of her time, and portraying them with deep moral seriousness and narrative power Christa Ihlenfeld was born March 18, 1929, in Landsberg an der Warthe, a part of Germany that is now in Poland She moved to East Germany in 1945 and joined the Socialist Unity Party in 1949 She studied German literature in Jena and Leipzig and became a publisher and editor.In 1951, she married Gerhard Wolf, an essayist They had two children Bloomberg News


    1. I cried while reading this novel. Tears just kept flowing silently, and there was nothing I could do about it. If you want to know what totalitarian states do to children, this novel will tell you, - without sentimentality, without blame or anger, without self-pity.For all those emotions are forbidden ground for a child who was taught the dogma of national socialism and Führer personality cult from the age of 4, who believed in the “truth” of what she was told in the same way a child taught [...]

    2. Total War: Total AmnesiaProust had his madeleine. Wolf’s Nelly has an infinity of objects ‘beyond the Oder’, in her pre-war Prussian homeland, to evoke memories of her childhood. But Proust had clarity, while Nelly’s memories are fragmentary and unreliable, reflecting a very un-Proustian ambiguity: “One could be there and not be there at the same time, the ghastly secret of human beings in this century.”Nelly’s family is ‘unpolitical,’ that is to say, unconcerned about governme [...]

    3. First thing First: A book of Great merit.The Plot:The whole story can be summarized in two lines: The person who had fled her hometown because of the war returns to it after 26 years. And as she goes through her old hometown she reminisces about those days - the past. This is the plot and summery of the book.Or it can also be said as the effort to reconcile one's present self (the adult) to the past self (the child). It is very much visible from the poem of Pablo Neruda, that is quoted at the ve [...]

    4. How was it for an ordinary German family to have lived during Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany?Probably semi-autobiographical, at least, although the author had written a disclaimer that all the characters here "are the invention of the narrator" and that "none is identical with any person living or dead," the episodes described not coinciding with actual events. Christa Wolf and the narrator in this novel named "Nelly" were both born in Landsberg, Warthe in 1929 when it was still a part of Germany. [...]

    5. I feel pretty stupid to rate it only with 3 stars seen that it has several high ratings and praising reviews, but my rating reflects also how much I enjoyed the reading experience. Sadly, despite the interesting topic, I struggled really a lot to follow Wolf's writing style.The book seems autobiographical and we read about the life of a common German family during Nazi Germany. We have the author that looks back to her life in a detached way, both when she was a child and a teen (and she talks a [...]

    6. This novel is Christa Wolf's fictionalized account of growing up in Nazi Germany. This is a story about war, history, memory, and learning from our mistakes. It is positively gripping. The author manages, as another reviewer noted, to show that the tyranny of the Nazi regime was difficult for non-Jews as well as Jews, without in any way minimizing the horror of the Holocaust. I literally couldn't put this book down in parts it is that powerful. Wolf doesn't sentimentalize the story. She makes al [...]

    7. What an impressive personal experiment in writing on the boundaries of fiction and memoir. The novel has an intricate structure. A narrator describes, addresses and admonishes her adult self in the second person while detailing the writing process over several years in the early 1970s, including political and private occurrences. Along with her brother, husband and daughter, she visits the village where she grew up under the Nazis, now in Poland. And this visit is interspersed with the narrative [...]

    8. Thought provoking book. Wolf looks back on her own childhood in east germany before, during and in the aftermath of the second world war from the pov of the adult she is. The book starts in 1932, but is written in the 1970's with the adult returning to her home town for a visit, a town now in Poland and known by a different name.Wolf doesn't make excuses for the child she was, but is very critical of herself, her family and those around her. The discussion with her sixteen year old daughter abou [...]

    9. This is primarily the story of Nelly Jordan, growing up in the town of L Germany in the years 1933-45, at the end of which period she is 16 years old. In concentrating exclusively on the inhabitants of and events in L. during these years, Wolf presents the history of the Third Reich in microcosm. The main events are here, presented on a small scale: the cult of the Führer, the euthanasia of the ”feeble minded”, Kristallnacht, the mobilization for war. These events are presented in a kind of [...]

    10. One of my favourite books ever! A fascinating study on memory, responsibility, regret, and what it is to be an unwitting pawn in human history. Wolf's use of second and third person is stunning.

    11. Through her alter ego, Nelly, Christa Wolf describe growing up in the NS Zeit. A rambling, intimate, ultimately positive excursion through schooldays, flight and refugee time and postwar East Germany. Wolf's portraits of her family and those she encounters on her journey are fascinating and evocative. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading her auf Deutsch.

    12. After have read the first chapter (40 pages) I need to switch to the Italian edition. Wolf's books are never easy, and I have seen that reading it in German I would miss too much.

    13. I read this one as well as others, and now I fear my review for Christa T. may in fact be about this book. How tragic. I am aging. Still, I recommed this author highly.

    14. Powerful account of a German girl growing up during the years of the Third Reich, reappraising those years as she visits her hometown after many years. The story is told slowly and introspectively, as it should be, allowing the memories to come back, so as to make some sense of her life and times.It's also a novel about memory and making sense of a divided self. She begins by writing What is past is not dead; it is not even past. We cut ourselves off from it; we pretend to be strangers.Another q [...]

    15. When I started reading this book, I realized that it is more than a well-written narrative, it's literature. It is about many things, starting with what it was like to grow up in Hitler's journey. It is also about memory, how untrustworthy it can be, how fragmented, how difficult it is to confront when one has willfully suppressed it for so long. It is also about transformations of ordinary, decent people without much self-awareness or sophisticated language in a society like Germany in the 30's [...]

    16. Wieder lesen nach langer Zeit bring so einiges zurueck. Interessant. Toller Stil und dennoch kein einfaches Lesen. Wolf ist immer irgendwo anspruchsvoll.Am Ende bleibt eine gewisse Frustration: und was war zwischen 1939 und 1945?? Die Kriegszeit ist weitgehend ausgelassen. Dabei war das genau die Zeit, ueber die ich unbedingt mehr erfahren wollte. Schade.

    17. A haunting, semi-autobiographical account of Wolf's childhood in Germany in the 1930s and 40s woven into an introspective exploration of human memory. I found this to be a challenging but rewarding read.

    18. It's an intriguing insight into what Nazi Germany would look like through the eyes of a child growing up. But it also asks questions about the validity of memory and the nature of identity. Are we really the same person as the child who became us?

    19. one of the earliest of what has become trauma/memoir. amazing story of reconstructing memory and what makes us culpable for our society's actions.

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