Re: Ch. 7, Rasputin and the Alphabet
Although I am not sure which book on Rasputin is refferenced in Drum, I have added a little info about him.
This is a little info about "The Elective Affinities", by Goethe which is mentioned by name in Drum.http://www.amazon.com/Elective-Affiniti ... 0140442421http://www.alexanderpalace.com/2006rasputin/
What I think is very clever is how Oskar combines both of these books, "Rasputing" and "The Elective Affinities".
Oskar would tear out pages from both, then shuffle them together creating one story.
"He would settle down to read this remarkable work and look on with intense though smiling wonderment as Ottilie strolled demurely through the gardens of Central Germany on Rasputin's arm while Goethe, seated beside a dissolutely aristcaratic Olga, went sleighing through wintry St. Petersburg from orgy to orgy", (page 93).
This is really funny! Grass's humor is coming out more and more. I am also feeling more and more sympathy towards Oskar. Someone mentioned that they could not feel sympathy at all for Oskar.
What do you think, is it impossible to feel sypmathy for Oskar?