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Seventeen year old Phil has felt like an outsider as long as he can remember All Phil has ever known about his father is that he was Number Three on his mother's list third in a series of affa. This was the reason I loved the library For me it was the centre of the world The Centre of My World is a wondrous and touching tale of childhood and adolescence that reminded me of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe But better Fight meUpdateI loved this book even the second time around The frustration that I felt when I read The Centre of My World for the first time was gone Two years ago the pacing was much too slow for my taste Childhood flashbacks kept interrupting the main plot and drove me nuts The romance was less romantic than I had wanted it to be The ending wasnot enough Rereading it helped because I could take my mind off what was being told and instead focus on how it was told That s also the reason why I added a star to my ratingYou can also watch the film adaption of this book which is totally worth watching because the main actors are very nice to look at and so are their butts This is one of the few German books that I am really proud of It was written than 20 years ago but it feels timeless There aren t many great LGBT books in the German YA category and even less OwnVoices books aka gay books written by an actual gay author The Centre of My World is a rare gemstone and you shouldn t deprive yourself of this experienceOriginal reviewPhil lives in an old and crumbling mansion named Visible together with his twin sister Dianne and their mother Glass They make for a rather unusual family Glass despises being called Mom and refuses to enter into a lasting relationship with any of the long list of men that go in and out of Visible Phil wishes for nothing than someone he can call Dad and still he doesn t even know his father s name Dianne has a deep understanding of everything that flutters and crawls through their garden and people whisper that she can talk to animals No wonder the town folk warn their children to stay far away from these people Phil and Dianne don t mind their unusual lifestyle That is not until they grow up and stop talking to each other for a reason Phil doesn t understand And then again there s Nicholas the new guy in Phil s year and he may make things even confusingWhat makes The Centre of My World so remarkable is its outstanding prose and its fragile but headstrong characters The writing is vibrant and nostalgic Andreas Steinh fel captures the feeling of youth awkward discoveries of growing up and bittersweet memories perfectly Phil is so relatable because he impersonates all of those feelings that come with first crushes love friendship and familyHere is one of my favourite passages from the book Imagine life as a huge house with lots of rooms Phil Some of these rooms are empty and others are full of junk Some are big and filled with light and others are dark and hide terror and grief And from time to time but only from time to time mind you the door to one of these scary rooms opens and you have to look inside whether you want to or not That makes you terribly frightened like now So you know what you do thenI shook my headThen you imagine it s your life your house with your rooms You have the keys Phil So you just shut the door of that scary roomAnd I throw the key awayNo you mustn t do that ever replied Tereza Because one day you may realize that this scary room is the only way you can reach a bigger beautiful part of the house And then you ll need the key You can lock out your fear for a while but at some point you have to face up to itThat my fellow readers was Andreas Steinh fel spitting mental health advice since 1998 Now I must admit that the translation doesn t do the German original complete justice but the message is the same onePersonally I would have wished for fewer flashbacks and a thicker plot instead The ending didn t satisfy me completely There was too much left unsaid for my taste But then again nothing in life is certain Luckily there is a collection of short stories Defender Geschichten aus der Mitte der Welt that may answer some uestions update no it doesn t You ll only have uestions The Centre of My World is one underrated novel If you re looking for a newish voice in LGBT books a coming of age tale a portrayal of strong and independent women or just a good book to dive into this is perfect for youLife is ironic funny raw sad and beautiful So is this novelFind of my books on Instagram

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Die Mitte der Welt

R the right bloke to come alongHaunting provocative and sophisticated this literary novel by award winner Andreas Die Mitte Kindle Steinhofel has become a much acclaimed international succes. If you never had a chance to dive into a story of surreal family structures here you goAndreas Steinh fel s The Center of the World tells the story of seventeen year old Phil who lives with his twin sister Dianne and mother Glass in an old castle in a small German town The father he has never met and knows little to nothing about remains in America Glass promiscuous sexual behavior makes the children targets of the neighborhood bullies taunts and jeers and relegates them to the role of outsiders in the community Phil is befriended by Kat the daughter of the school headmaster who is willful proud and possessive When Phil falls in love with the new boy Nicholas Kat supports the relationship but soon finds herself falling for Nicholas charms too In order to nurse and ultimately heal the wounds that result from the love triangle Phil must decide what is most important to him accept his own self worth and become a active participant in his life This novel is rich and multi layered with several interwoven stories that take the reader backward and forward in time weaving a complex story of love betrayal and family connection As Phil reveals and reflects upon his relationships with those around him his sister his mother his seafaring uncle his adult friends his lover his enemies even his absent father we are pushed and pulled through time and given the opportunity to bear witness to his coming of age

Andreas Steinhöfel ☆ 9 Read

Irs that have set Phil's family even further apart from the critical townspeople across the river As for his own sexuality Phil doesn't care what the neighbours will think he's just waiting fo. This is by far the best YA novel on homosexuality I have read so far While Will Grayson Will Grayson is the loud version of this topic The Center of the World is the uiet version and in my opinion also the better one I m usually not much touched by homosexual relationships but here I felt with Phil so muchThe story makes slow progress the actual story is freuently interrupted by flashbacks to past occurrences that have an influence on what is happening later Secrets from the past are only revealred step by step and this way tension is built up The special setting a giant old house outside a fictional town further contributes to this The language is very poetic and never flashy This is something which always makes me immensely enjoy a novel Here it is also one of the main reasons for my 5 star rating the story itself made for a very solid 4 or maybe 45 rating But I loved the language and the way the book deals with homosexuality so much that I just had to give 5 stars


10 thoughts on “Die Mitte der Welt

  1. says:

    This was the reason I loved the library For me it was the centre of the world The Centre of My World is a wondrous and touching tale of childhood and adolescence that reminded me of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret

  2. says:

    I picked up this book with one thought in mind it's an m m romance so let's read itBut now that I have finished itI am emotionally destroyedThis book is much much than just m m romance actually it has far less romance tha

  3. says:

    You know what? I didn't love it I didn't even like it I hated the constant flashbacks I hated waiting in fear for what was going to happen in the REAL story and then having the whole premise of before the flashback completely forgotten But at the same time this book HAS to be read There is something so true So undervalued and true about this book This is real This is life The author just reflects a life in pro

  4. says:

    This is by far the best YA novel on homosexuality I have read so far While Will Grayson Will Grayson is the loud version of

  5. says:

    I was hooked to this story from the first page The writing style is bold yet detailed It's extremely deep too This story is about 17 year old Phil who is a misfit in his own town due to his mother's bad reputation Right a

  6. says:

    this book stole my heart

  7. says:

    Warning Spoilershonestly? i picked this book up only because of the fact that the main characters name is Phil i love that name and 'cause he is gay and gets together with a guy called Nicholas another name i love since CON but thats not the reason i actually finished such a thick book in three daysnormally i am not interested in these kinda fictions but i found myself liking it even the parts which werent about the love relations

  8. says:

    This is one of those books that was so different from the movie but at the same time it was as excellent as the movie itself I could see all the creative licenses taken in the movie and was glad for the superb casting because otherwise the movie would have been simply average This book is such a subtle and simpl

  9. says:

    If you never had a chance to dive into a story of surreal family structures here you goAndreas Steinhöfel's The Center of the World tells the story of seventeen year old Phil who lives with his twin sister Dianne

  10. says:

    Phil is a young boy who slowly comes to grips with the world around him He is also an outstanding character in a well thought out novel that speaks about life love loss betrayal and truth Phil grows up with his twin sister in an old architectural mystery of a home called Visible His mother is a mix of strength confusion independence and hop

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