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Joseph and His Brothers
Joseph and His Brothers: The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, Joseph the Provider | Thomas Mann
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A new translation of the complete text of the tetralogy on the life of the biblical hero of Joseph includes The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Joseph the Provider and follows Joseph from his early life and fall into slavery to his rise to power in Egypt.
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Father‘s Day gift! Husband just finished Mann‘s The Magic Mountain, and said he wanted to read this one. I take any opportunity to buy a book! 😂 #bookmail

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This was my major classic in 2021. At nearly 1500 pages, it stands as quite an intimidating book. It is a complex book that is layered with the biblical story, mythology, history, analysis and philosophy. I had to read the book slowly as Mann tries to convey so many ideas on each page and Mann's prose can be ambiguous. At times, it can feel like you are trying to figure out a puzzle when reading Mann's prose. This is a extraordinary book!

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A book about religion. So close. I don't enjoy poetry, but I do like narratives written in poetry form. Any suggestions??

#jennyis30 @jenniferw88 Thank you again for doing this.

Chrissyreadit It‘s so good!!! A story in spoken word verse about a girl who want to be a spoken word verse poet. 2y
xicanti I second the Elizabeth Acevedo rec. 2y
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LiteraryinLawrence Ages ago I read a great book in verse that I recommend. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I think this Jason Reynolds book also qualifies, and it was great! 2y
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit @xicanti @LiteraryinLititz thank you for the suggestions. They all look awesome. I'm adding them all to my list. 2y
BookNAround One of my favorite books in poetry is 2y
Butterfinger Thanks @BookNAround I remember enjoying this book, but it has been a few years. I think I own it - in my class library. 2y
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Yippee!! I'm done. I have been reading since January 1.

+ Fictional account of Joseph the abnoxious shepherd to repentant slave to top statesman of Egypt.
+ Dramatization of intense scenes
+ Was written by Mann in Germany about the origin of the Hebrew faith during the rise of Nazis. So brave of him. Mann never returned.

- Very dense. Read in places like an essay.
- Repetitive explanations.

Roary47 I‘ve had books like that. I‘m so happy you were able to finish it! 💛 2y
arubabookwoman Congratulations! More difficult to read than Buddenbrooks I'm sure. My copy is awaiting me in a storage unit with all our stuff in Florida. 2y
Butterfinger @arubabookwoman I am so glad you introduced me to him. 2y
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Butterfinger @Roary47 I was like this with Anna Karenina too. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great work checking it off!!! 2y
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Halfway through this monster. I like chunksters. They normally do not bother me, but this one is so dense and philosophical, I have to break it up. My only goal for May is to finish.

Lcsmcat Thomas Mann strikes me that way too. I read The Magic Mountain last summer and there were times I wanted to tell certain characters to just hush and get on with it. 2y
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1. Alexander and Jace, Jo and Laurie

2. Amor Towles

3. Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann I don't think I will ever get finished.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

@Linsy Hope you have a great day.

BookishMe This captured my heart 2y
Eggs #3 Yes that is a chunkster but you can do it 😊 2y
Linsy 💚💜💙 2y
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Thus first he beheld her, his heart's destiny, his soul's bride, for whose lovely eyes he was to serve fourteen years, the mother of his lamb.

Describes the moment Jacob meets Rachel. I think it is beautiful. ♥️

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It just so happens, I'll be focused on WWII.

#widehorizonsreadathon @Emilymdxn

I didn't plan it. It just happened that way. It is appropriate though since it is the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Plan to read:
Joseph and his Brothers (Mann wrote the origin story of the Hebrew faith during this time period.)
The Girl in the Blue Coat (my book club choice)

Will finish The Unwomanly Face of War and Death in Berlin.

Emilymdxn That‘s an awesome topic and a perfect time to cover it! I‘ve been wanting to read the unwomanly face of war for ages so I‘m excited to see what you think 3y
Butterfinger @Emilymdxn I have been reading it with @squirrelbrain @youneverarrived @Daisey this month. I have learned so much from this book, reading the conversations that the women had with the author. It is no wonder why it won the Nobel Prize. 3y
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#24b4Monday @jb72 @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

My stack:

Joseph and Death in Berlin - GR discussions

Unwomanly Face of War - discussion with @squirrelbrain and @youneverarrived

Girl - real life book club

Queen - pure enjoyment

jb72 Thanks for joining us! 3y
Andrew65 Great choices, good luck. 😊👍 3y
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