Cat and Mouse

Cat and Mouse An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here To compensate for his unusually large Adam s apple source of both discomfort and distress fourteen year old Joachim Mahlke turns himself into athlete

  • Title: Cat and Mouse
  • Author: Günter Grass Ralph Manheim
  • ISBN: 9780749394806
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.To compensate for his unusually large Adam s apple source of both discomfort and distress fourteen year old Joachim Mahlke turns himself into athlete and ace diver Soon he is known to his peers and his nation as The Great Mahlke But to his enemies, he remains a target He is different and doomed in a country scarred byAn alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.To compensate for his unusually large Adam s apple source of both discomfort and distress fourteen year old Joachim Mahlke turns himself into athlete and ace diver Soon he is known to his peers and his nation as The Great Mahlke But to his enemies, he remains a target He is different and doomed in a country scarred by the war.Cat and Mouse was first published in 1961, two years after Gunter Grass controversial and applauded masterpiece, The Tin Drum Once again Grass turns his attention on Danzig With a subtle blend of humour and power, Cat and Mouse ostensibly relates the rise of Mahlke from clown to hero But Mahlke s outlandish antics hide the darkness at the heart of a nation torn by Nazi violence, the war and its aftermath.

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    About “Günter Grass Ralph Manheim

    • Günter Grass Ralph Manheim

      G nter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor.He was born in the Free City of Danzig now Gda sk, Poland Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood He always identified himself as a Kashubian.He is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum 1959 , a key text in European magic realism His own name for this style was broadened reality His other successes of the period were Cat and Mouse 1961 and Dog Years 1963 These novels, along with The Tin Drum, make up what Mr Grass called his Danzig Trilogy Grass was born in the Free City of Danzig on 16 October 1927, to Willy Grass 1899 1979 , a Protestant ethnic German, and Helene Grass n e Knoff, 1898 1954 , a Roman Catholic of Kashubian Polish origin Grass was raised a Catholic His parents had a grocery store with an attached apartment in Danzig Langfuhr now Gda sk Wrzeszcz He has one sister, who was born in 1930.Grass attended the Danzig Gymnasium Conradinum He volunteered for submarine service with the Kriegsmarine to get out of the confinement he felt as a teenager in his parents house which he considered in a very negative way civic Catholic lower middle class In 1943 he became a Luftwaffenhelfer, then he was drafted into the Reichsarbeitsdienst, and in November 1944, shortly after his seventeenth birthday, into the Waffen SS The seventeen year old Grass saw combat with the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg from February 1945 until he was wounded on 20 April 1945 and sent to an American POW camp.In 1946 and 1947 he worked in a mine and received a stonemason s education For many years he studied sculpture and graphics, first at the Kunstakademie D sseldorf, then at the Universit t der K nste Berlin He also worked as an author and traveled frequently He married in 1954 and since 1960 lived in Berlin as well as part time in Schleswig Holstein Divorced in 1978, he remarried in 1979 From 1983 to 1986 he held the presidency of the Berlin Akademie der K nste Berlin Academy of Arts.During the German unification process in 1989 he argued for separation of the two states, because he thought a unified Germany would resume its past aggression He moved to the northern German city of L beck in 1995.He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999 In 2006, Grass caused controversy with his disclosure of his Waffen SS service during the final months of World War II, which he had kept a secret until publishing his memoir that year He died of complications of lung infection on 13th of April, 2015 at a L beck hospital He was 87.



    786 thoughts on “Cat and Mouse



    • The brutal account of these kids in Danzig Gdansk during the Hitler youth and the war is both chilling and poignant It is the second volume of Grass Danzig trilogy after The Tin Drummer and a fast but furious read The characters are both repulsive and compelling and ow that we know that Grass was in the Hitler youth when he was 16, it is obviously a pretty damn accurate portrayal better than the kid in All the Light We Cannot See in any case I have to believe that Doer read this book and derived [...]



    • I first read Cat and Mouse without the benefit of having read The Tin Drum beforehand, and I missed a lot Cat and Mouse is the second book in Grass Danzig Trilogy, three books that look at life in Danzig under the Nazi regime from three different points of view the tales are told concurrently, and time can be fixed by seeing the same event from different points of view for example, the picnic taken by the jazz trio and Schmuh in Book III of The Tin Drum shows up towards the end of Cat and Mouse, [...]


    • And the cat and the mouse Are there stories that can cease to be The second of Grass s three Danzig based stories is a novella that echoes the first, The Tin Drum, deliciously overtly, there are several cameos and crossovers, including Oskar s appearances at various points and the life of the Catholic Church and the Dusters gang, but also in mood and theme, if somewhat compressed and focussed This time, we have a chiefly bodiless narrator, constantly trying his best to not be in the story, and [...]



    • Ostensibly set in the same world as The Tin Drum, although the little boy with the drum and the piercing shrieks barely makes an appearance Really, it is the story of an adolescence in the shadow of the Nazi regime, and how the regime shapes what would be an otherwise unremarkable teenage boy s life of hanging out at the beach and exploring old shipwrecks Beautifully told, grotesquely real, and closer to Mishima s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea in tone than anything else.



    • I was disappointed in this second book of the trilogy It was short, which is what I loved And sadly, it was the only thing I loved about it As with the first, this book is about the coming of age tale of a boy In this case, the story was told by his best friend It wasn t a horrible tale at all The concept was brilliant, I thought, however, the execution fell flat I just didn t care about the characters as I did in the first book And it didn t help that I found this book boring for most of it Log [...]


    • I honestly don t know how anyone could give this less than 5 stars Taste being subjective, I understand that we like what we like It s flawless, without an ounce of fat on it After finishing The Tin Drum yesterday, I started Cat and Mouse this morning Having had the chance to finish it this evening, I m still sitting here, some hours later, floored by it Achingly beautiful and haunting If you re looking for The Tin Drum II, this isn t it Better yet it s an entirely different animal with no less [...]


    • Overshadowed, in literary discourse, by The Tin Drum Exceptional three and half hour indulgence The Baltic the colour of thick glass seltzer bottles, he says Rain is a binder, he says I, Pilenz what has my first name got to do with it formerly an altar boy dreaming of every imaginable future, now the parish hall secretary, just can t let magic alone, he says.


    • If you ve only read The Tin Drum, and you re looking for Gunter Grass to read, this is the book for you It s short and straightforward and quietly devastating.Beautiful and heartbreaking, this is a story about two school friends, taking place in Germany during World War II Pilenz is one of a crowd of teenaged boys who like to hang out together at the beach, occasionally swimming out together to a partially submerged Polish minesweeper Mahlke is just a kid who wants to belong But Mahlke is deepl [...]



    • Jo t l k iek gr mat , jo sare t k k uva saprast, k teikumi cits ar citu sasaist s un k st par vienotu darbu Rakst anas stils man oti neg ja pie sirds.S kums daudzsolo s puika ar p r k lielu dam bolu un ar cukur deni ieveidotiem matiem nirst dzelm un no nogrimu iem ku iem velk r visu iesp jamo l, ka man t pa stam neizdev s ienirt aj Grasa novel , patiesi l


    • It is a great book of course Gunter Grass never fails to impress Its the second book of his Danzig trilogy The other two being The tin Drum and Dog Years The portrays a protagonist who is at odds with his time It is the time of war and Joachim Mahlke like Oscar Matzerath fails to come into terms with it He was born one of natures tragic clowns, with an adam s apple that was as large as a mouse, but he became a hero and his only aspiration all along had been the chance to give a lecture in the au [...]


    • If Germans were the ones known for magical realism, I think Cat and Mouse would kind of define the genre dead pan, literal, and packed with tall tale ish exageration than pure and unbelievable magic This is a story of two boys going about the very personal business of being boys, amidst the great geopolitical upheaval of their time While their lives at times intersect with BIG history, it is the personal revolutions, ups and downs that define the narrative and motivate the characters I loved th [...]


    • sto es lo m s cercano a realismo m gico que he le do en un autor alem n Nos narra los acontecimientos en la vida de Mahlke, visto por los ojos de uno de sus condisc pulos Grass logra crear un universo alterno, bastante realista, plagado de anecdotas Se supone que es la segunda parte de una trilog a, no he tenido el gusto de leer los otros dos libros que la conforman, pero seguramente lo har , me gusto mucho el estilo de escribir del autor, a quien no hab a le do



    • A little bit of Dog Days which sprouted and grew a life of its own A worthy successor to The Tin Drum Thoughts on youth and war in Danzig.


    • G.Grass n ilk romanlar mdan, yer ve ki i isimleri bazen ba d nd r yor, okuma ak mzaman zaman t kan yor, tan t m uaz s nda belirtildi i gibi bir ba yap t kesinliklle de il.



    • This is the kind of book that has a very specific flavor I remember reading The Tin Drum years ago and, at the time, I liked it a lot, so I was very looking forward to reading this one Unfortunately, although it has Gunter Grass written all over it and the storytelling is very attractive, I just couldn t relate to the book in any way.The story is about a young boy who gets very good at swimming, is very well respected by his friends, is rather ugly and, well, has really great sexual performance [...]



    • Desde aquel viernes s lo que es el silencio El silencio se produce cuando las gaviotas dan la vuelta y se van Nada es capaz de provocar mayor sensaci n de silencio que una draga trabajando, cuando el viento se lleva en sentido contrario su estr pito de hierro Pero el mayor silencio lo produce Joaqu n Mahlke, al no contestar a mi ruido El gato y el rat n forma parte de la llamada Trilog a de Danzig , junto con El tambor de hojalata y A os de perro G nter Grass desarrolla la infancia y la adolesce [...]


    • I read this book in German and I simply do not like it I did not like the writing style I was always re reading sentences, trying to match the parts that belonged together I have nothing against long sentences, but I do hate the Klammerkonstruktion , which is used a lot And seriously, how much can you obsess over one man s adamsappel I kept waiting for the story to lead to something, but sadly, it did not build to anything There did not seem to be a point to the whole story.I know G nter Grass i [...]


    • Even though I remember liking Grass at university, I hadn t touched any of his books since and was almost a little apprehensive I need not have been While the style took some getting used to this is and remains an excellent portrait of German adolescents The fact that the story takes place during the war provides a rather sinister context, which only becomes apparent slowly during the course of the book, as you begin to realise that the narrator is hiding something, and something rather serious [...]




    • I picked up this book because I became fascinated by the city of Danzig today known as Gda sk, Poland when looking through some old papers my mother sent me and learning my great great grandmother met my great great grandfather met there both ethnic Germans This led me through a vast array of articles, and the history of this place on the Baltic Coast is turbulent and fascinating I have much to learn.Admittedly, I prefer novels that evoke a sense of place over nonfiction history books This is th [...]


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