[ Pdf Der Schatz im Silbersee ☆ archaeology PDF ] by Karl May é I cannot express in words how disappointing that book was.
It took me weeks to go through it, simply because most of it is so slow and sluggish And I m not even talking about the action in the book there seems to be a lot of it actually It is just described in the way that made me want to put it down and never try reading it again.
Our heroes seem to be all knowing, always predicting moves of their enemies or describing it in details after it happened, even when there s no way they would be able to know all the stuff Not only that, but that makes it so the reader not only has to read the scene as it happens, but is forced to rehash it almost word to word when the characters describe it It made me absolutely mad Mostly because of that, and the fact that we re told how amazing and wonderful the heroes are, there is no tension in the book.
We never worry about anyone, because it s a given they will get out of every scrape all good and okay They re described as untouchable figures who made themselves famous with their skill and are therefore unkillable and unbeatable, no matter what Mind you, the book doesn t show it to us at first, it s said in the narrative Later on, the heroes of course do some action, but at this point we already know what hardy characters they are, so are they ever in any trouble at all No matter if it s an attack of a much larger group of enemies or Indian trials, they ll survive it all, because they re the smartest and strongest of all man.
I wonder if it has to do something with them all being from Czech Republic apparently.
The other great flaw I found in this book is that it gives the reader no satisfaction We don t get to the titular Silver Lake until the very last chapters, but that s part of the problem For majority of the story we are in pursuit of a tramp who has done grievous wrongs to many people in the company and many besides that, as we re collecting his enemies like Pokemon throughout the chapters And then he s killed off screen by Indians, who have no personal vendetta against him whatsoever Our heroes are left with finding his dead body The other goal of the story was to get the, again titular, treasure from the Silver Lake We don t The treasure is lost forever because of Indian politics and people being prideful.
Absolutely nothing that the book has set up as a goal is achieved and no characters get a satisfactory arc end Reading this whole book is like an exercise in frustration and I would not recommend it to anyone but hardcore fans of western who might get a kick out of seeing Winnetou appear.
The Book That Started It All nostalgia More than thirty years ago, this book made me fall in love irreversibly with books, these printed delights that open up new worlds when your options are limited, add color to whatever seems black and white, nuance to whatever seems dishearteningly categorical, and create possibilities where there are none.
I had read this book twenty times by fourth grade It still brings back such sweet memories of sleepless reading nights I loved the adventure, the characters, the story, the dialogs in fake foreign language, the good old romanticism of good vs bad I now know he had written these stories before he ever visited the Wild West and without seeing an Indian but who cares I visited relatively few places and talked to few people, but thanks to the reading journey this book had set me on, I ve nevertheless seen numerous places and talked to thousands of people.
So in a time when food was rationed by the state, toys were scarce and mostly shaped by our own creativity, and we had access to cartoons on state television ten or so minutes a week, this book made my world magical.
Thank you, Karl May nostalgia The Treasure Of Silver Lake Is A Literary Treasure Written By Karl May In , When He Was At The Peak Of His Creativity It Was read By Millions Of Avid Adventure Lovers And Has Never Been Out Of Print In Its Native Language Now You May Enjoy This Gripping Adventure In English, Thanks To The Efforts Of Herbert Windolf This was a good occasion with this book to recall my favorite novels from childhood Winnetou, Old Surehand and other such stories from the wild west, written by the master of this genre, Karl May, were all part of my first few novels I have read And of course I have loved them and like many children, I imagine myself sometimes even playing with my brother and other children how it is to be Winnetou or a white hunter in the Great Plains.
The premise is extremely simple and usual for children novels the opposition between good and evil and of course that good always wins Pretty predictable but you cannot expect something else from children s lit This is why I will give it a 3.
Regarding the form, this is another element where the genre is fairly strict and this novel does not make an exception Apart from this, I liked the names of the characters that were reflecting the traits the author gave them I did not like that it felt like the authors controlled excessively their actions so that the plot and the planned actions twists end up as he wanted This was something that I did not noticed when I was a child but now it ruins the pleasures of some parts Thus, I will rate it with a 2 for form.
In terms of originality, I had the impression that a large part from the novel is recycled from other works of the same author Although the genre of western does not allow a high degree of originality, with this additional element I am forced to rate it with an 1.
In terms of characters, they are created using the genre stereotypes The good and evil whites, the good and evil Native Americans Nothing using too many gray shades But apart from this polarization, the author tried to differentiate as much the characters one from another He used various traits not necessarily used in the story to do so, but he did it So I will rate it with a 2.
Regarding the complexity and difficulty, it is clear that children s novels cannot be complex Karl May did a great job to simplify the story, but still it is a lengthy one Thus I will rate it with a 2 for complexity and difficulty.
In terms of credibility, this is perhaps the weakest point of the novel and of most novels from Karl May But children do not need too much credibility thus the success of such novels is pretty high if they have enough adventures in it For me this is important and this is why I will be rate it for credibility with a 1.
The last criteria is edition I struggled at times to read it as it contains a lot of misspelling I believe my ebook was created by scanning the original and the proof reading was not done very well This is the reasons why I will rate it with a 1.
To summarize, I liked that I remembered childhood but the novel itself is pretty average, even on the low end, if compared with others All in all, my final rating for the novel is 1.
71, which I will round it to a 2 on Goodreads system Criteria Rating Premise 3 Form 2 originality 1 Characters 2 Difficulty Complexity 2 Credibility 1 Edition 1 Total 1.
71 For details on how I rated and reviewed this novel, please read these guidelines.
I have no idea why I liked this I remember growing up in my parents house and my dad had tonnes of Karl May s books on his shelf Even when I was young, though, they were already regarded as naff and I would not have been seen dead with one of them Still, recently, now much much older, Karl May crossed my radar screen for some reason and I thought I might actually read one of them, just to see what they re like.
And this one, at least, is an innocuous story, a story that transports you into a much simpler time This feels as if somebody had observed kids playing at cowboys and Indians and written down what they saw The story opens on an Arkansas steamboat, and the cast is the predictable mix of lone Indians, a band of thugs, silent strangers, and assorted deckhands and anonymous travellers The thugs insult the Indians, the Indians swear revenge, a panther owned by a travelling circus owner breaks free, general mayhem ensues, one of the Indians saves a 15 year old girl by performing swashbuckling acrobatics, the thugs steal money from a traveller, only to be pursued by a band of honest Westerners who have come together on the ship, and so it goes on.
All written in a simple, old fashioned style, that, for all its simplicity however, allows glimpses of solid writing talent The plot may be simple, and the writing style seems appropriate for a young readership, but it is not poorly written Still, I suspect I liked it, at least a little bit, for the wrong reasons I can t resist smiling when Karl May, in the expository chapter, puts five well known, named heroes of the Wild West on a steamboat of perhaps 50 people or so Quite a concentration of heroesAnd the writing style is just funny Why Sir, be you the one they call Old Firehand I am he Oh it is an honour to travel with one of the West s greatest heroes and so on Of course the novel is written in German, and I am not sure there is an English translation, but the slightly outmoded German sounded to me like the English I made up in my quote.
Still It was fun Would I pick up another one Maybe but I need a break These novels have 500 pages so there s a lot of kids playing cowboys and Indians to get through.
The story is good, but this was translated by a non English speaker The grammar is not quite English sometimes Nevertheless, I ll be looking for Karl May books.
5 starsThe story began really well Within a few pages I was hooked Lots of adventures, lots of actions.
And then came the Indians.
If you think this will amp up the tension, you re wrong Sure, in the beginning there were some really good showdowns, but after pages of negotiatians, too much show of great characters from the heroes to my frustration and a cycle of chase and being chased, I just didn t care any.
After numerous unsuccessful attempts to read Native American advanture stories in my childhood giving them up after 50 pages or so I was completely convinced they are not for me Browsing my Kindle a few weeks ago I decided to give it one try and to my own biggest surprise, I found this particular novel quite entertaining My only problem was I think there were waaay to many minor, yet important characters in the story to follow, but other than this, in my opinion it s completely entertaining.
This was one of my favorite books while growing up It stood against the test of time, still good One of my childhood favorites