Daniel Kehlmann – Measuring the world

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Hello and Welcome over here!
I absolutely love travelling. It’s one of those things that I will never want to miss in my life. Do you like travelling as much as I do? What are your favourite destinations and what countries are on your bucket list?
This book, „Measuring the world“, takes us to my homeland, Germany, and far far away, right over the big atlantic ocean to South America.
This post is going to be all about Daniel Kehlmann’s novel ‘‘Measuring the world“ which came out in 2005 and shows the fictional biography of the worlds famous scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Caspar Friedrich Gauß. He portrays two completely different kinds of people. While Humboldt went out to Asia, Northern Amerika and Latin America, where most of his story takes place at, Gauß always stayed in his home country. Both scientists were concerned with measuring the world, just in different parts and under different circumstances by different methods.
Kehlmann pictures completely different characters, underlined by lots of irony and humour. Not only does Kehlmann picture both of them in completely different ways, but also in comparison with their partners in crime, Bonpland and Gauß‘ son Eugen.
Even though, or maybe just because Kehlmann doesn’t use as much of specific data as you may expect first, the book is a great one to read for everyone. It is a great novel for people who are interested in history (even though this novel is fiction) and literature and who do not have the knowledge about scientific problems. This book is made for a lot of people, young, old, interested in history or not, interested in sciences or not.
Kehlmann convinces in every way with ‘‘Measuring the world“. I can definately recommend it to you and I would really like to know what you think about it. And if you haven’t read it yet, I may have caught your attention and you will have a look at it!
Thank you so much for reading with me and joining my path at the things we read!
Source: Kehlmann, Daniel.(2016). Die Vermessung der Welt. Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag.



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