Germans prefer Tolkien fantasynovels to the Bible

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4 October 2004 , HAMBURG - J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" is the favourite work of literature among Germans, beating out the Holy Bible in second place, according to a national survey. The survey by ZDF television of a quarter of a million viewers nationwide showed the Tolkien novels topped the list by an overwhelming majority. In second place as the finest published work of all time was the Bible, followed in third place by Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth". A German work of fiction ranked fo

4 October 2004

HAMBURG - J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" is the favourite work of literature among Germans, beating out the Holy Bible in second place, according to a national survey.

The survey by ZDF television of a quarter of a million viewers nationwide showed the Tolkien novels topped the list by an overwhelming majority.

In second place as the finest published work of all time was the Bible, followed in third place by Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth".

A German work of fiction ranked fourth, Patrick Suskind's "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer".

The national survey, results of which were revealed during a nationally televised prime-time TV broadcast, showed a strong penchant for fantasy and romantic fiction among Germans.

French aviator and children's author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry came in fifth with his endearing fairy tale "The Little Prince".

Nobel literature prize winner Thomas Mann was the only high-brow author on the list, with his "Buddenbrooks" in sixth place.

He was followed by Noah Gordon's "The Physician", a novel enormously successful in Germany though not a best-seller elsewhere.

Rounding out the list was Joanne K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, followed by another author in the historical vein of Gordon: Donna W. Cross, who wrote "Pope Joan".

Near the bottom of the rankings, in 17th place, was Jane Austen with "Pride and Prejudice".

Another German Nobel literature laureate, Guenter Grass, just came in at 48th place with his acclaimed novel "The Tin Drum".

Two-thirds of the respondents in the survey were women, according to ZDF television.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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