Talk:The Tin Drum

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Need more about the book, then the movie[edit]

There really deserves to be more about the book rather than the movie. After all, it's the book that won Grass the Nobel Prize. I don't know enough about Grass and the book (other than having read it) to do this myself, but I thought I should call to attention the lack of information on the book.-- 16:57, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

I also haven't read the book or seen the movie, but the book is much more well-known and recognized than the movie. Perhaps this article should be split into the film and the book? In addition, the picture in the infobox is the cover of the Vintage International edition novel, while it is a film infobox, so the film's own cover art should be used. Poseidon^3 00:07, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Well, a Nobel is usually given for a "body of work", but this is the book that usually comes to mind when Grass comes up. John Duncan 02:07, 27 October 2007 (UTC)


SPOILER->->->->->The narrative actually begins before Oskar is born. It begins with his grandmothers impregnation in the Kashubian potato fields. I agree, there needs to be much more about this book. 23:24, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Commentary on film vs. book moved from talk page[edit]

This article should further be reviewed, though by other comments it is made apparent that the article is based on the film rather than on the novel, certain errors must be considered, ie. "{Oskar's mother having died, Alfred marries Maria, a woman who is secretly Oskar's first mistress. After marrying Alfred, Maria gives birth to Oskar's son, Kurt", there is no evidence in the text confirming Kurt's paternal origins. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

References format[edit]

Does everyone think Harvard is the best approach in this article? Or should footnotes be used instead? John Duncan 02:09, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Oskar's last name[edit]

Hello. *waves* I just went through the article and corrected some minor grammar and style issues, but I can't really do anything more because I've never read the book. However, there are a few questions I would like to ask:

  • Is there any indication of who the fathers of Oskar and Kurt might be in the books, or are the "possibly"'s just guesses based on who their mothers dated and/or married?
  • If Oskar's father is unknown, why is his last name Matzerath?
  • Is "Sigismund" the correct spelling of the toy store owner's first name? It looks like someone typed "Sigmund" wrong.
  • Is "Mnsterberg" the correct spelling of Bruno's last name?
  • What city is Dorothea from? It used to be "Dsseldorf", which I assumed meant Düsseldorf and corrected accordingly, but I might be wrong.

I look forward to collaborating with other editors to improve this article. Thanks, Clem (talk) 04:19, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Hello, and a correction?[edit]

I was the one who entered the characters which Clem moved to the Trilogy. The characters I entered were all from The Tin Drum. This novel is, itself, divided into three books. I leave it to others to decide where this information belongs. I will continue with my work on The Tin Drum page either way...thanks,Sabiona (talk) 21:10, 29 June 2009 (UTC)


The text has this part "... where he models in the nude with Ulla ..." Who is Ulla? There is nothing mentioned in the characters section. Explain please.--Auric (talk) 16:53, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

The literary Ash experiment[edit]

My subjective opinion would be that it's only disgusting bullshit. But literature is much harder to evaluate and to judge than telling if three lines have the equal length. Conform to the majority opinion and if any piece of art has some "jewish" connotation, it can only be a masterpiece. Btw, i've almost read it fully. But maybe i don't have the intellectual capabilities of a Marcel Reich-Ranitzki to comprehend all the poetry and symbolism that's in this piece of "holocaust warning literature". I understood nothing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2003:66:EB67:A901:80C:FC08:7AD8:30D9 (talk) 21:11, 1 February 2017 (UTC)


There is a wealth of authoritative criticism of The Tin Drum, and this article is badly in need of a summary of it. Deipnosophista (talk) 15:29, 5 July 2017 (UTC)