Study Guide

Death in Venice Tough-o-Meter

By Thomas Mann

Tough-o-Meter

(7) Snow Line

Don't forget your ice pick, because climbing up this mountain is going to take a little time and dedication. But don't let that scare you; we totally think reading Death in Venice is worth the effort. What makes this little book hard is not necessarily the storyline—actually, that's pretty easy to follow—but there are a whole lot of big words, brainy references, and ironic moments throughout the novella. Good thing you've got Shmoop to lead the way.