REVIEW: The Invention of Curried Sausage

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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2 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Invention of Curried Sausage

  1. It is always interesting to me how perception can trump (how i now hate that word!) exposition. Your review was less than glowing and yet I was drawn to the idea of this book. Looked it up on goodreads site, and the same: found myself agreeing with the positive reviews while disagreeing with the negative – and I haven’t read the book! Never fear, I’ve put it on my list…and so, your blog has led us to think of books and reading, and to try some we’d never heard of or considered; a success for you, no?


  2. I actually read The Invention of Curried Sausage – and remember enjoying it. Reading your review makes me wonder if I am less analytical than you … or than I should be? Or perhaps since you know you will be reviewing, you read through a different prism. I would go back and reread it but I think I want to be left with the satisfied feeling it left.


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