The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

The novel tells the story of Oskar Matzerath, a boy who decides on his third birthday that he will stop growing and remain a three-year-old forever. Oskar is gifted with a tin drum by his mother, which he uses to express his emotions and thoughts. Living in Danzig during the rise of Nazi Germany, Oskar's refusal to grow is a form of protest against the adult world. The book is a blend of magical realism and historical fiction, providing a unique perspective on the horrors of World War II and the post-war era in Germany.

The 84th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 2273

Since this book was first published in 1959, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 2273.0.

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