Ves the time but these expositions needs to go hand in hand with a strong plot and strong characters think Night train to LisbonThe blunt and cynical way Brecht portrays the affairs of course has meaning It shows how strongly the economic rationale is the driver of these individuals They don t uestion themselves and have no moral hesitations This is excellent as a critiue on bourgeois capitalism but a good novel needs emotional life I think These two elements can interestingly be combined I believe The proces of how the capitalist market laws root out any morality that doesn t serve their class interest could have made this novel interesting think Breaking Bad Walter White transformation but it wouldn t be the blunt cynical Brecht any That being said some scenes however technical were captivating and sometimes even you could feel how the characters are supposed to have felt but these moments were uite rare I believeFree translation from Dutch Is it true Is it exeggerated Can it be that behind faces smiling but not showing teeth faces with eyes made up but without sparks can it be that behind talking about fog and giving a penny to a begger there s nothing but cold left brained selfishness winning in the rat race It can t be like that people were supposed to be good in essence people were given a pound in a form of love and respect for other people People are surely not animals they evolved further than the chimpanzees They don t eat their neighbour s children for some reasonThe uestion is why don t they do that Would they do that if it was socially acceptable Would they do that under right circumstances Would they do that if nobody newI thought that they would and then when I finished this book it only enforced my belief Threepenny novel is as cruel as i do believe people arePerhaps someone will think that the world has become civilized since the beginning of the 20th century and therefore this book is not a real account of life nowadays Perhaps someone will say we ve gotten better and in case we haven t we have institutions laws and codes now which would make this story impossible in 2010It s a superb book A three star rating for a novel I abandoned that needs a word or two of explanation At first I thought this was going to be a great sardonic sarcastic mordant funny evisceration of the dog eat dog life of Victorian capitalism told through three intertwining tales of skullduggery that reveal how this whole thing is a racket from the tippy toppest of Her Majesty s government down to the groveling no legged beggar on the streets of Shoreditch And it is But it goes completely wrong And the humour drains away into a small puddle that a one eyed three legged cat drinks from So first we get a one legged soldier returning from the wars who fails in the retail trade and becomes a beggar only to find that London beggars are mostly controlled by a certain Mr Peachum He runs an establishment that provides all a beggar could need false bottomed trolleys for men with two legs to be able to pose as no legged and thin dogs for the blind beggars Thin Thin Their feeding was not at all simple they had to look as miserable as possible and therefore had to be maintained on the verge of starvation A blind man with a fat dog has very little prospect of exciting real pity The public "naturally reasons uite instinctively Scarcely anyone looks at a thin dog "reasons uite instinctively Scarcely anyone looks at a thin dog if by chance the animal is well fed some sort of inner voice warns the giver that he might just as well throw his money down the drain It is a fact that these people unconsciously seek a reason to withhold their money A good dog must scarcely be able to stand up for weaknessNow that s a brilliant passage and probably applies today All of Britain s major cities including my own have many beggars huddling in empty shop doorways all with their dogs These modern beggars are not blind of course they are homeless But their dogs are not thin They are very well ept Our contemporary beggars need to read their BrechtAlso our author has some great sly descriptions of his characters Here s Polly Peachum She looked very pretty in her flimsy dress and was completely at her ease As a matter of fact she was no doll but a large well formed girl She was a full helping and no half portionSo with good stuff like that in this novel what could possibly go wrongAfter describing Peachum s beggar business Brecht turns to something called the B Shops a late Victorian version of the Pound Shops we have here in the UK These are run by our old friend MacHeath Mack the Knife You will remember him as a suave lethal gangster When that shark bites with his teeth babeScarlet billows to spreadFancy gloves
wears old MacHeath babeSo there s never never a trace of redBut in this novel he s old MacHeath babeSo there s never never a trace of redBut in this novel he s middle aged paunchy businessman So there s a whole lot of complicated stuff about how he gets the cheap nock off to sell in his B shops and that gets really dull Then in comes the major complication This is a scheme by a third guy called Coax to defraud the government by selling them three clapped out ships for the ongoing Boer War Once Coax has coaxed seven greedy businessmen including Peachum into his defrauding scheme it turns out to be a honeytrap it turns out that the real con is when he blackmails his business partners Brecht gets completely lost in the details of all these ever intertwined and complex business imbroglios and leaves the reader behind The sharp observations and wicked humour die away It becomes ever abstract ever turgid It becomes boring It becomes very clear why Bertholt Brecht didn t write another novel He didn t The Old Contemptibles know how Capitalist society Brecht's vision here is of a world in which the poor and weak are continually exploited in the most casual fashion by the powerful and unscrupulous who always come out on top It's very good writing but may be a little slow going for som. This is the 1934 novel of the 1928 German operatic interpretation of the English original ballad opera The Beggar s Opera of 1798 written by Gray from an idea by his friend Swift author of Gulliver s Travels in 1716 which contains the character MacHeath This somewhat tortuous intro allows me to highlight that the novel impart replicates Brecht s original lyrics for the famous song Mack the Knife being MacHeathI had heard the name of Brecht but didn tnow much else He is a famous dramatist and poet liken to a modern day Shakespeare I think this is apparently his only significant novel The story is based in London of 1902 and centres on the corruption and intrigues between two firms their banking investors and the government in purchasing transport ships to get troops to relieve the soldiers trapped at Mafeking during the South Afri Brecht s only novel is of course based on his own Threepenny Opera which was itself based on John Gay s The Beggar s Opera Set in Victorian London the novel feels similar to Dickens in many ways but written with a very dry humour and none of the sentimentality The plot mostly involves the extremely dodgy business dealings of the characters Peachum and Macheath along with some eually dubious bankers and financiers in fact it feels surprisingly relevant to current times A satirical yet rather subtle attack on capitalist society Brecht s vision here is of a world in which the poor and weak are continually exploited in the most casual fashion by the powerful and unscrupulous who always come out on top It s very good writing but may be a little slow going for some There is often a curious dramatic tension in the literature produced by Marxist and socialist writers In theory the writers subscribe to an optimist political belief system that predicts us heading for a world of greater fairness a Und der Haifisch der hat Z hne Well I think there are only a few authors who deserve the rare combination of the adjective hilarious with the serious topic social criticism One of them is Kurt Vonnegut and the other Bertolt Brecht Brecht is commonly Rn Nursing Care Of Children known for his plays than for this masterpiece of a novel and I have postponed rereading it for years thinking Inew my Brecht and wouldn t need a refresher However just like most really good books this one grows with the experience of the reader and I found myself laughing out loud several times reading about the financial crimes and sexual misbehaviours that are so well documented in our own times that it seems almost impossible to think Brecht didn t Nutrition For Nursing know anything about Trump and Brexit and the impact of social media on the human speciesWhere there is money up for grabs there won t be any decency that is his theory and it is a uite convincing one But there will be big words to counterbalance the lack of honourable action Brecht has all the best words and he uses them freely to follow the development of Polly Peachum Macheath and the restBegging is business just like politics O tempora o s In my deliberate reading which I started over a year ago of this wonderfully written and at times confusing adaptationtranslation from its originally written in German of a fiction work as I happened to have been privileged to havenown personally some of those direct relatives of Bertolt Brecht a giant in theatre and whose family members I ve Fundamentals For Nursing known and met have since brought me some curiosity as to why his works are being read and studied I have since then convinced myself that I have made the right decision to read this book It s betternown in its format as a stage play Threepenny Opera I have since then discovered during my "Reading Why Brecht Remains To Be A "why Brecht remains to be a and strong force to reckon with on catching the most complicated and subtl This was a strange one I had no idea about any of the background to the novel at all not even the play it s based on John Gay s Beggar s Opera While the novel can be taken at face value as a tale of the business rivalries amid the slums of Victorian London Brecht #Would Not Have Us #not have us on the surface It was important to him that the play he originally wrote Threepenny Opera
And This Subseuent Novel this subseuent novel serve as a vehicle for his ideas about capitalism and its impact on the masses In this regard it has not lost its relevance to our livesThe plot twists and turns around various characters and chiefly centres on the business rivals Peachum Coax and Macheath Each of these is pursuing his own method of developing capital pimping beggars trading commercial shipping and discount shops respectively Each of these lives intertwines not least due to the secret marriage of Macheath to Polly the daughter of PeachumNow I don t for a minute claim to understand economics and how trade achieves capital I found uite a bit of the business discussions hard to follow But never once did I feel that made me want to stop reading Brecht has built on Gay s characters to create vivid portrayals of archetypal capitalistsAnd that s why the novel is so relevant today It has a lot to teach us about how a focus on capital can mean people are reduced to the simple status of drones who generate profit Had this been written only recently it would not be hard to imagine individuals today who these characters would be based upon Foxconn and came to mind ya hear that GoodreadsSome might argue correctly that this is Marxist ideology That of course doesn t make it irrelevant per se If anyone wants to attempt to convince me that this element of Marx is somehow irrelevant to issues we face in 21st century society please do Threepenny Novel is a brilliant illustration of how the love of mone. Brecht's only novel is of course based on his own Threepenny Opera which was itself based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera Set in Victorian London the novel feels similar to Dickens in many ways but written with a very dry humour and none of the sentimenta.
Bertolt Brecht ï 7 Free readY is the root of all Mindsharing The Art Of Crowdsourcing Everything kinds of evil And some people craving money have pierced themselves with many sorrows 1 Timothy 610It s a desperate narrative which ends with an imagined trial of humanity by the dead which results in all round condemnation for the exploitation we depend on to further our lifestyles Again the relevance is resounding and I can t understand why a novel like this with very real historical significance was removed from the 1001 Books list in favour of banality like The Marriage Plot Anyone who has ever even considered voting right wing should be tied to a chair and forced to remain seated until they have read this devastating novelistic critiue of business banking imperialism exploitation murder and poverty All of your favorite Brechtian uotations are here What is a bank robbery compared with the founding of a bank and all of the viscous wit and irony you would expect from the world s most entertaining political writer The novel really is an amazing panorama of the horror of a society based upon hierarchical exploitation in which The dying man dies and the sick man fights as our anti hero MacHeath puts it what he really means is you will do anything for a buck and screw anybody in any way who gets in your way of doing whatever is necessary to get that buckIt s to Brecht s credit that a book this sad is at the same time also uite funny Some passages are both hysterical and devastating MacHeath s discovery that profit sharing actually earns him rather than less money Peachum s reasoning out that murder is the most efficient form of business or his discovery of insurance as a means of sueezing even blood money from the poor the history of the Rothchild s bank disarming the world by being honest in business they make a fortune simply because no one else has ever done that before and the fabulous set piece of Fewkoombey s dream trial at the end which takes on the preacher s exposition of Jesus parable of the talents as God s commandment for all of us to live everyday as unprincipled capitalists or hapless slaves whatever our lot may be It s cultural satire at its best and opens up our empathy or should through irony a hard thing to accomplish since the Reagan years and the death of empathy through ironyOn the downside the novel is too long really for a modern reader I think The seemingly endless business machinations of MacHeath and Peachum go on for far too long to hold our interest even if they are minutely described from all points of view in order to show us that no character ever understands another character s reasons for doing anything that they do Hell half the time the characters even misinterpret WHAT the other characters are doing This is funny at first but wears us down in minutia after a while Obviously my own view of the imperialistcapitalist machine is uite close to Brecht s so I blithely nodded through those passages until I got to the great set pieces and found my self laughing out loud freuently It s worth the wade What an unworthy affair to write contracts and debate over this and that Why not just stand up with anife your money or your life But then again so are the modern ways Macheath This novel was written to make a political statement and in that aspect with great success but purely literary this book is far from a masterpiece The monologues by the characters are word gold and really stand on their own
as very interesting literary pieces but the plot is too complicated technical andvery interesting literary pieces but the plot is too complicated technical and a lot of times becomes even boring After pages of struggling through dry technicalities the reader is rewarded with a monologue that explains why the previous pages mattered and what they meant A truely good novel however doesn t need these expositions but this one sadly does Brecht tries to make a political point by showing the struggle between a few competing businessmen who al Studies In The Lankavatara Sutra know their roots in the London underworld They left their criminal backgrounds behind but there methods have not become less ruthless Where before the tool was the dagger now the tool is the contract and if necessary still thenife The threepenny novel depicts how under the democratic regime violence and oppression never became obsolete but have taken on a modern form Behind the so called free contractual relations the high esteemed businessmen and the modern parliamentary system lies a world of oppression exploitation greed and violence The book however goes far too much into detail into the specific actions and methods in this power struggle The book therefore feels far too technical It s impressive how deeply aware Brecht is of the specific functioning of capitalist market methods but to the reader it is rather boring than impressiveBrecht seems to unconsciously acknowledge this weakness by the great monologues of the characters In these monologues the characters clearly state their intentions their cynical mentalities their capitalist ideology and outlook on the word After pages of sometimes boring and always far too technical explanations of specific economic handlings the reader is rewarded with an exposition that gives meaning to the scenes that go before it These expositions are "really really good both literary AND to make a political statement but they feel like oases of literary genius "really good both literary AND to make a political statement but they feel like oases of literary genius an often unsatisfying dessertA common rule in literature is that a good novelist doesn t need to tell explicitly what his work is about rather than show it implicitly by developing characters and their plot Personally I disagree with the strict implementation of this rule and I believe good expositions can be unforgettable this is why this book survi. Lity The plot mostly involves the extremely dodgy business dealings of the characters Peachum and Macheath along with some eually dubious bankers and financiers in fact it feels surprisingly relevant to current times A satirical yet rather subtle attack on. .