I have been reading a collection of novellas and short stories by the German Nobel-laureate Thomas Mann for quite some time, and I am bored out of my mind! I bought this book because of the reputation of the novella Death in Venice. That was the first story featured in this volume, and it took me several days of forced labor to get through. I still have six and a half stories to get through, and I don’t know if I can do it. Perhaps its an issue of translation watering down the writing. Maybe the author’s reputation simply raised my expectations too high. I might have chosen the wrong book with which to acquaint myself with Mann. Whatever the reason, you can expect Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories to remain in my currently reading sidebar for quite some time. For now, I am going to retreat to the Swiss-German author I know won’t disappoint, Hermann Hesse.