Deutsch 221/231: AMD-Bücher
These are just a few good examples of German books you can check out of the LRC!
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
- If you’ve read this in English, you’ll find it easy and fun to read in German; if you haven’t, the exciting plot and comparatively simple language will help you move along quickly.
- English Chapter Summaries for all the Harry Potter books As you read each chapter, you could first take a quick look at the chapter summary; that way, it will be easier for you to guess unknown vocabulary words and thus to read more quickly.
- Vocab List and Comprehension Questions for the entire book, chapter by chapter! (Compiled by Steve Hunter, a student at Maranacook Community School, Readfield, Maine)
Damals war es Friedrich
- In this course, we will read the “Zeittafel” given at the end of this book, which chronicles the succession of anti-Jewish laws passed by the Nazis, and some of the main events in the history of the Holocaust.
- It tells the story of two young boys who grow up in the same house. Friedrich is Jewish and the narrator is not. The story is built around the “Zeittafel”, showing how each of the events listed affects Friedrich, the narrator, and their families.
Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte
- This is a marvelous story by the Romantic author Adalbert von Chamisso (1781-1838) about Peter Schlemihl, who accidentally sells his shadow to the devil.
Cultural Graded Reader: Heine
- This book is unfortunately out of print, but we hope you will be able to find a used copy if you’re interested in it.
- The book, written for intermediate students, outlines the eventful life of the poet and journalist Heinrich Heine (1797-1856). This also gives you an insight into the history of Germany after the Napoleonic Wars.
- You may know Heine’s poem “Die Loreley” (“Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten/Daß ich so traurig bin…”), famously put to music by Friedrich Silcher.