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By Peter Carey

For thirty-nine years Harry pleasure has been the imperative solid man. yet one morning Harry has a middle assault on his suburban entrance garden, and, for the gap of 9 mins, he turns into a useless man. And even supposing he's resuscitated, he'll by no means be an identical. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly transparent during this darkly humorous novel, loss of life is usually an important prelude to actual life.
half The Wizard of Oz, half Dante's Inferno, and half Australian Book of the Dead, Bliss is a triumph of uninhibited storytelling from a author of extravagan presents.

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Sehen Sie, das können Sie nicht! Also wie können Sie das von uns erwarten?! Amerikaner schämen sich nicht im Geringsten, den Rest von Deutschland zu ignorieren, denn Bayern ist genau das, was wir suchen. Wir kommen nach Europa, um alte Sachen zu sehen. In München können wir Bauten bewundern, die fast sechzig Jahre alt sind. Wir lesen als Kinder dieselben Märchen wie die Deutschen (okay, in unseren Märchen ist der ganze richtig gruselige Stoff gestrichen, den die deutschen haben), und wir wollen ein echtes Schloss sehen, das uns glauben macht, diese Märchen hätten sich tatsächlich so abspielen können.

Das ist ganz besonders eigenartig, weil Deutschland das letzte Land ist, von dem man erwarten würde, dass Leute so grauenhaft fahren, und zwar aus folgenden Gründen: Die Deutschen dürfen während des Fahrens nicht mit ihrem Handy telefonieren. Auf deutschen Straßen ist man gesetzlich verpflichtet, sich auf das zu konzentrieren, was man gerade tut. Die Deutschen essen nicht einmal im Auto, und sie machen sich überhaupt nichts aus Tassenhaltern, dem wichtigsten Bestandteil in amerikanischen Wagen.

Man kann seine gedrückte Laune mit so viel Kleinem Feigling behandeln, wie man sich leisten kann – und er ist rund um die Uhr zu haben –, aber die Betäubung von Zahnschmerzen muss bis zu den normalen Geschäftszeiten warten, oder man muss zu der Apotheke fahren, die gerade Notdienst hat und für Fälle wie diesen geöffnet ist. Oder vielleicht für eine verzweifelte Lage, die nach Hustensaft verlangt. Wenn in Deutschland die Sonne scheint Für mich steht fest: Die absolut beste Zeit in Deutschland ist ein Sommertag, wenn die Sonne scheint: Okay, das kommt nicht allzu oft vor.

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