By Thomas Mann
Recounts the enchanted occupation of the con guy extraordinaire Felix Krull--a guy unhampered via the ethical precepts that govern the behavior of standard humans.
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In later life I became acquainted with still other notable brands and could, for instance, casually order Grand Vin Château Margaux or Grand Cru Château Mouton-Rothschild ? two noble wines. I love to recall the picture of my father presiding at the head of the table, with his white pointed beard, and his paunch spanned by a white silk waistcoat. His voice was weak and sometimes he would let his eyes drop in a self-conscious way and yet enjoyment was written large on his flushed and shining face.
A number of years before I was born ? he became a family friend of my parents. At all our evening gatherings he was a regular and indispensable guest, in high favour with young and old. When he tightened his lips and fixed the ladies with appraising eyes, through his round eyeglasses, they would scream and raise their arms for protection. ' they would cry. 'What an eye he has! Now he is looking straight through us, right into our hearts. ' But however much he was admired, he himself had no very high regard for his calling and often made highly ambiguous remarks about the nature of artists.
Moreover I am resolved to employ the utmost frankness in my writing, without fear of being reproached for variety or impudence. For what moral value or significance can attach to confessions written from any point of view except that of truthfulness? The Rhine Valley brought me forth ? that highly favoured and benign region, harsh neither in its climate nor in the quality of its soil, rich in cities and villages, peopled by a merry folk ? it must be among the sweetest regions of the habitable globe.