Luck

Luck

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Set in 1960, the dissolution of a family is seen through the eyes of an adolescent German boy.

Norton Pub
A beautiful, bittersweet, and very funny novel about growing up, Luck is perhaps Gert Hofmann's finest book, and is translated into English by the author's son, the wonderful translator Michael Hofmann. Luck is the story of a nuclear family: father, mother, daughter and son. But all is not as it seems, for Mother is in love with Herr Herkenrath, and now father and son will have to leave home. Or will they? The mother sits in her room, squirting herself with perfume, waiting for her new man to arrive and her old one to go. Everyone makes their own luck in this life! she tells her children. The father sits in his room, planning another novel. Why doesn't his writing sell? Is it just bad luck? Thomas Mann's first book was rejected five times, after all. When he takes his son for a walk, the townspeople wish them all the luck in the world. We'll see about that! he says. The little sister is the lucky one: she gets to stay at home. Then again, the son won't have to put up with Herr Herkenrath's annoying habits and his smelly feet. So maybe he's lucky to be going. But will they really leave for Russdorf? Or is it Berlin? Or Africa? Or will Father manage to win Mother round at the very last minute? Only time will tell, but time is running out. The moving van is on its way. Soon Herr Herkenrath will arrive and the whole family will sit down for the last time to coffee and crumb cake. But maybe, with any luck, Herr Herkenrath will choke on the crumbs. A child's-eye view of a family in decline, Gert Hofmann's Luck mixes humor and suspense with a heartbreaking pathos.

Blackwell North Amer
Luck is the story of a nuclear family: father, mother, daughter, and son. But all is not as it seems, for Mother is waiting for her new man to arrive. Everyone makes their own luck in this life! she tells her children. Father sits in his room, planning another novel. Why doesn't his writing sell? Is it just bad luck? Thomas Mann's first book was rejected five times, after all. Little sister is the lucky one: she gets to stay home. Then again, the son won't have to put up with Herr Herkenrath's annoying habits and his smelly feet. So maybe he is lucky. But will father and son really leave for Russdorf? Or is it Berlin? Or Africa?
Only time will tell, but time is running out. The moving van is on its way and soon the whole family will sit down for the last time to coffee and crumb cake. But maybe, with any luck, Herr Herkenrath will choke on the crumbs.

Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2002
ISBN: 9780811215022
0811215024
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFMA...G
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hofmann, Michael 1957 August 25-

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