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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Ein ganzes Leben. Shelves: reviewed , , austria. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Modest and unassuming, Egger is a man of few words, a physically strong man of no distinction.
The world does not revolve around his protagonist and Egger is fully aware his life is futile and insignificant within the scope of the universe. He is at peace with what life is prepared to give him and does not frantically pursue happiness. The most lyrical passages consider the place of man in nature, man being in awe of the beauty and the power of Nature.
Nature and especially the mountains are paramount in this novel, which perhaps expounds to some extent why this quiet novel about an unspectacular life has enchanted so many readers. In our times of environmental threats to our planet and complex demands of modern life, people probably come to treasure again the Romantic view on Nature as a place where one can go to reflect and contemplate the many questions of life, a place where one can find solace and happiness in its purity. In the mountains we find a place of exquisite beauty, where we can experience what John Ruskin called the 'endless perspicuity of space; the unfatigued veracity of eternal light', enabling us to get in touch with the Sublime.
As Robert Macfarlane writes in Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination , his book about how mountains became such a preoccupation for the modern western imagination: Mountains return to us the priceless capacity for wonder which can so insensibly be leached away by modern existence, and they urge us to apply that wonder to our own everyday lives. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made.
They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. How soon, oh, how soon the quiet time will come, Then I will rest, too, and over me Will murmur the lovely forest solitude, And no one will know me here either. Instead of dreaming of a grand and compelling life like the Romantic artist, there is the modern theme of the interpretation of the concept of the good life in absence of God.
As far as he was concerned, though, he had done all right, and thus had every reason to be content. He would be able to live well for quite some time from the money from his tour-guiding days; he had a roof over his head, slept in his own bed, and when he sat on his little stool outside the front door he could let his gaze wander until his eyes closed and his chin sank onto his chest.
In his life he too, like all people, had harboured ideas and dreams. Some he had fulfilled for himself; some had been granted to him. Many things had remained out of reach, of barely had he reached them than they were torn from his hands again. But he was still here. View all 70 comments. Set in an Austrian mountain valley, Andreas Egger lives a simple existence.
He is thoughtful, although his father was unkind to him, and he is kind and gentle. In his younger years, he worked farms, and then as modern conveniences began to approach even this small hidden valley, he worked in construction of cable cars to lure tourists.
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He loves and is loved in return. Endures hardships. Retur Set in an Austrian mountain valley, Andreas Egger lives a simple existence.
Returning to the valley after captivity, so much has changed. His world has changed, but also the world, his neighbors. The to and fro of the valley has changed and people are sequestered in their homes, watching this creation that came into being when he was who knows where, and these new lights, electricity! He appreciates his life as it is. The days pass, slowly in an almost spiritual reverence, although his veneration is for everything. The beauty of Nature, the gift of awakening each day, the gift of fatigue at the end of the day.
He believes sharing his love of nature might be his purpose, and so he begins to act as a guide for tourists, and for a time, he is content. It feels as though this was written with great consideration for each word, each sentence. He is appreciative of a kind word or deed sent his way, a gesture of the smallest kindness is noticed and appreciated.
And so, this is his life, all these small moments that add up over time to become a life. Time passes slowly at first, but then it seems to pass like a boulder rolling down a hillside, picking up momentum as it approaches the end.
Beautiful in its simplicity, atmospheric, lovely. View all 39 comments. Mar 12, İntellecta rated it it was ok. Robert Seethaler can tell and write fantastically and his language is clear and beautiful. But why doesnt he look deep into his figure, why does he remain so strange and far away from his Protagonist Egger? Ive waited for a depth throughout his whole novel, but unfortunately it didnt happened. This book was highly praised and I had been looking forward to it, but sadly I expected too much. Because of this, I stopped reading the book after page seventy and started reading all over again to give t Robert Seethaler can tell and write fantastically and his language is clear and beautiful.
Now the two of us can limp down to the valley side by side. The story of a man limping through his life. His is a life that most of us lead. With a number of uneventful years between two eventful memories. The eventful itself being either something ordinary yet powerful because it touches one personally - wars and accidents, loves and could-have-been-loves, deaths and marriages the last one - childbirth doesn't occur in story or something great but that only one experiences from far - like watching men first walk on moon.
And, in between, one lives through years of solitude and work, of delusions and confusions of thinking about one's past - about what was and what could have been. Eggar, our protagonist doesn't succumb down to that third misery of 'what should have been' - and thus finds fulfilment and dignity even in his empty life. And in this case, he did not even have a family for long that he could love and feel loved, couldn't leave his neighborhood except for war and work, did not have the consolation of enjoying arts and books; yet Eggar is not complaining.
View all 3 comments. I read this story in a morning, mostly before breakfast - it was filling enough even if not quite breakfast shaped. It is the story of a life almost from beginning up to the end, a life almost completely lived inside one mountain valley, almost without intimacy with any other person. The central character, Andreas Egger, spends most of his time in one place, doing a very limited range of manual work, his life is extremely basic on a material level - most of it he spends liv I read this story in a morning, mostly before breakfast - it was filling enough even if not quite breakfast shaped.
The central character, Andreas Egger, spends most of his time in one place, doing a very limited range of manual work, his life is extremely basic on a material level - most of it he spends living in various hovels with barely a stick of furniture, at one point in the story Egger is suddenly aware that it is a long time since his jacket was washed - we can wonder too how long it was since he had a wash himself.
I wonder how far there is an element of parody to the story, we can read the valley as Austria, constricted, navel gazing, dependent on outsiders to be pushed into change, smelly, rather lonely. The story certainly is an ironic take on the ideal of Heimat , and I'll point out in passing that the Austrian Seethaler lives in Berlin - as far from the Austrian mountain valleys as you can get while remaining in the German speaking world.
Family here is virtually irrelevant - an encumbrance. Faith in God is something that Egger is glad to have avoided. The valley and valley life become dependent on tourism but these outsiders are also just annoying the only incidents that stick in Egger's mind are incidents of their silly behaviour.
Perhaps something has been smoothed over in translation but the valley does not have even a distinctive linguistic culture view spoiler [ Andreas himself is late to start talking, and one feels that he could have saved himself the bother of that struggle - this is a story about the unsaid and what is difficult for a person to express hide spoiler ].
Further everywhere that Egger lives is prison like, maybe because it actually is a prison camp or because he is subject to punitive and severe beatings or because he dwells in simple cells in self imposed solitary isolation. One grows into such a regime - see what happens to him when he leaves it late in life. Also we see him shy away from attempts by other people to get closer to him.
The beaten child is the father of the isolated man as Wordsworth did not exactly observe. In some way the landscape, or the idea of the landscape stands in for character and any interior life. The mountain slope is majestic but dangerous, cable cars climb up it, but don't substantially change it's character. The soil beneath the mountain is stony, if you have the patience to clear it perhaps you can grow a few vegetables there, and that I felt was Andreas Egger view spoiler [ with potatoes growing behind his ears hide spoiler ].