290) passed to a distant cousin, the second Ponto, peters out, like the Buddenbrooks
family in Thomas Mann's novel of that name.
Kennan speculated that, just as the Buddenbrooks
family had shone most brilliantly at the point when its inner decay was most advanced, so did the Soviet Union appear on the surface to be most terrifyingly powerful even as it bore within it the seeds of its own destruction.
Beard's Die Nervenschwache (Neurasthenia): Ihre Symptome, Natur und Folgezustande und Behandlung (2nd edn, 1889) and used it to give the members of the Buddenbrooks
family a suitably degenerate profile, because: 'Neurastheniker sind sie alle'.
And I suspect that the vast majority of undergraduates in North America will not have sufficient background in the Buddenbrooks
effect to follow Colli's discussion of resource allocation.
Glas specifically rejects the Buddenbrooks
model of family evolution in favor of one in which families successfully acculturated their offspring to the business ethic for very long periods of time.
One of the dominant characteristics of the contemporary Greek novel may be described as the Buddenbrooks
syndrome: the composition of long fictional narratives, grounded in personal experience, which chronicle the fortunes of a traditional family within the larger framework of the nation's social and political history.
The novel is the saga of the fall of the Buddenbrooks
, a family of merchants, from the pinnacle of their material wealth in 1835 to their extinction in 1877.
The marriage is a happy one, but Gerda (perhaps modeled in part on Thomas Mann's mother), with her high degree of refinement, her detached nature, and her intense interest in music, remains somewhat a stranger among the Buddenbrooks.
Upon his release and after a brief visit with the Buddenbrooks, he disappears.
In this adaptation, the Buddenbrooks
are not tragically thwarted by fate, but simply unlucky in love and business, which often makes pic feel like a soap--albeit one in splendid period duds.