Uwe Timm’s The Invention of Curried Sausage is a quirky little gem.
My biggest complaint (figured I’d get it out of the way) is with the translation. I did my research, and many of those who read it in both the German and English feel the same way. Every so often the phrasing would throw me, taking me out of what was otherwise a nostalgic ambiance.
On to the good!
Timm weaves a captivating tale alternating between the end of WW II and the present; a story related in flashback by the book’s heroine, Lena Brucker. While the search for how curried sausage came to be created is the catalyst for Ms. Brucker to divulge her untold saga, it is not the main focus of the book.
Timm does a beautiful job of capturing the desolation, desperation, and romance of the 40’s. Although some aspects of the narrative are a tad contrived, you easily get sucked into Lena Brucker’s past (which I preferred to the present). The present day portion of the story, while not as engaging as Lena’s memoir, does provide a clever prompt.
I enjoyed The Invention of Curried Sausage; it’s a quick and refreshing read, but it isn’t high on my list of recommendations. Something about The Invention of Curried Sausage never fully clicked with me.
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