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    Load results Apple Footer Apple Support می‌دهد که خواه‌ناخواه نقش رهبر را در جمع Katz und PDF or دوستان به عهده می‌گیرد مالکه همیشه نیاز به چیزی یگانه و بی‌مانند دارد که کس نتواند نگاهش را از او برگیرد و به گلویش بیفتد در تابستانی که از راه می‌رسد دیگر علاقه‌ای به شنا و غواصی از خودش نشان نمی‌دهد تنها چیزی که او را سر ذوق می­آورد مخفیگاهی اختصاصی در گوشه کناره­های یک کشتی غرق‌شده در اعماق دریاست، ‌امتیازی کاملاً منحصر به فرد که به شکلی استثنایی می‌تواند مالکه را ارضا کند او فقط چیزی را می‌پسندد که یگانه باشد مخفیگاه را می­آراید، چنان که به افسانه می‌ماند تحسین حلقه دوستان از حد می‌گذرد مالکه غیر ممکن‌ها را ممکن می‌کند اکنون احساس دوستان نسبت به او عجیب است، از تحسین و ستایش تا بارقه‌هایی از تحقیر مالکه به خدمت سربازی فرا خوانده می‌شوند به جبهه‌های جنگ فرستاده می‌شود و به سرعت از یک سرباز ساده به یک پدیده تبدیل می‌شود یک قهرمان جنگ به او مدال می‌دهند و قرار می‌شود مالکه هم مثل قهرمان‌های پیشین در سالن اجتماعات مدرسه قدیمی‌اش سخنرانی کند ناگهان مالکه همه چیز را رها می‌کند و فراری محسوب می‌شود، مجبور می‌شود از ترس دژبان‌های فاشیست خود را پنهان کند موش بی‌قرار لحظه‌ای از تکاپو باز نمی‌ایستد و پایانی حیرت‌انگیز را برای رمان رقم می‌زند مالکه تصمیم می‌گیرد به نهانگاه دورن نوجوانی‌اش در اعماق دریای بالتیک برود، اتاقکی در قسمت مغروق کشتی که هنوز اندک هوایی برای تنفس دارد."/>
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About the Author: Günter Grass

Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptorHe was born in the Free City of Danzig now Gdańsk, Poland Since , he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood He always identified himself as a KashubianHe is best known for his first novel, The Tin Katz und PDF or Drum .



10 thoughts on “Katz und Maus

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    449. Katz und Maus = Cat And Mouse (Die Danziger Trilogie = Danzig Trilogy #2), Günter Grass

    Cat and Mouse, published in Germany in 1961 as Katz und Maus, is a novella by Günter Grass, the second book of the Danzig Trilogy, and the sequel to The Tin Drum.

    It is about Joachim Mahlke, an alienated only child without a father. The narrator Pilenz alone could be termed his friend, if it were possible to be friends with Mahlke (p. 78); much of Pilenz's narration addresses Mahlke directly by means of second-person narration.

    The story is set in Danzig around the time of the Second World War and Nazi rule.

    موش و گربه - گونتر گراس (فرزان روز، پبام)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و دوم ماه آگوست سال 2010 میلادی

    عنوان: موش و گربه؛ نویسنده: گراس گونتر؛ مترجم: کامران فانی؛ تهران، پیام، 1350؛ در 179 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر و پژوهش فرزانروز؛ 1378؛ چاپ دوم 1379؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی - سده 20 م

    موش و گربه دومین کتاب، از مجموعه ی سه‌ گانه دانتسیگ (پس از: طبل حلبی، و پیش از: سال‌های سگی) است. این داستان، زندگی یک نوجوان یتیم را به نام: «یواخیم مالکه»، روایت می‌کند. راوی داستان، فردی به نام: «پیلنتس» است، که خود را دوست «مالکه» میداند. بیشتر روایت «پیلنتس»، «مالکه» را به صورت دوم شخص، مخاطب قرار می‌دهد. داستان در شهر «دانتسیگ (گدانسک)»، و در زمان حکومت نازی، و جنگ جهانی دوم می‌گذرد. رمان «موش و گربه» را، «نشر و پژوهش فرزان روز» فراهم نموده، «مالکه» شخصیت اصلی داستان است، و راوی آن را نقل می­کند، راوی همه جا در کنار اوست، انگار همان «سانچو»، که همراه «دن‌ کیشوت» بود، رویدادها نیز، چون نیک بنگریم، همان رویدادهای «دن‌ کیشوت» است.؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. Lisa Lisa says:

    Oh, I wonder!

    Filled with motivation to read my way through Günter Grass until summer, I started by rereading this novella which sits nicely between Tin Drum and Dog Years, accessible and direct in its approach to a youth spent under the spell of Hitler.

    And like the 3-year-old drummer, who has unexplained cameo appearances in the story, drumming up tension at crucial points without indicating his role as the master of another Grass novel, I feel that dark time and the place hover over me like a dark cloud. I hear the thunder, I feel the cold, I smell the rot of a childhood lived under the delusion of German nationalism. I don't have to close my eyes to imagine the terror of war that those boys born in the late 20s know by learning the form, function and destruction power of each vehicle and weapon by heart. I don't need to go outside in the middle of Scandinavian winter to feel the freezing cold of the water that the Grand Mahlke makes his hunting ground, diving to pick up souvenirs from a sunk ship in the bay.

    I know all that already, from Christa Wolf, from Thomas Mann, from Andersch, from Heinrich Böll, from every single witness of that hellish time. I know it was convincing to young boys (and girls), that they dreamt of being heroes, that they were influenced by friends coming back to hold burning speeches in their schools. I know they (mis)read Schiller to get the spirit of sacrifice right. I know they were afraid and excited, and that they had their personal problems and worries and losses to cope with while making decisions deciding over life or death, honour or shame, isolation or participation, at a time in their adolescence when nobody is old enough to make mature choices, especially not after ten years of Nazi childhood indoctrination.

    YEs, I know all that.

    And yet it hits me like a blizzard anyway. I can't stop that feeling in the pit of my stomach from growing. I feel it is hard to swallow, I feel like choking. And I wonder if that was a deliberate, intended side effect, to make it Mahlke's biggest worry how to hide his enormous Adam's apple? There is the religious implication of having been seduced, having eaten the apple, choking on the effect of being seduced by that ominous power. And there is the sad truth that youths will always do plenty of irrational things to cover up what they consider personally embarrassing. As a teacher, I have seen more than enough of that.

    Like the narrator, I feel like a pendulum, moving from seeing the story unfold in third person to directly speaking to You, the vulnerable Joachim Mahlke, who was hunted down by the circumstances of his youth and sacrificed in the meaningless game of Cat And Mouse that nationalist hatred and delusion started.

    I check out for now, but I can never leave. Oskar Matzerath is drumming, and I will follow. Lured in by the power of Grass' mighty prose, I will follow him through the nightmare that was his time and place.

  3. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    A book by the German author who won the 1999 Nobel prize, best known for his novel The Tin Drum. The story is set during World War II in Danzig, a free city on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Germany until the Nazis took it over. Today it’s Gdansk, Poland.

    There are two main characters, two boys of early high school age, the only two Catholics who hang out with a group of ten or so Lutheran boys and occasionally girls. In summer they swim out daily to their hangout – a half sunken Polish minesweeper some distance out in the harbor. One main character is the narrator who tells the story of the real main character who becomes the main theme of the book --- his radical changes over time.

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    At first the main character is shy and awkward. Today we’d call him a geek or a dork. The other boys avoid him and make fun of him. He says he wants to be a professional clown. He’s tall and gangly with big ears and can’t even swim at first. (His huge Adam’s apple is a joke in the title of the book.) Since they often swim naked he’s also admired for the size of his, let’s say, ‘dangling participle.’

    But once they teach him how to swim he becomes the best swimmer and diver among them. He’s the only one who dives underwater into the ship’s hold and daily starts bringing up medals, pictures, equipment, tools and even cans of food from the sunken part of the vessels. He transforms into a hero and the kids start calling him the “Great Mahlke.”

    Both the Catholic boys are very religious but in different ways. The narrator is a daily altar boy. The Great is excessively devout in taking communion but even his priest worries about his Mariolatry. The Great says “Of course I don’t believe in God. He’s just a swindle to stultify the people. The only thing I believe in is the Virgin Mary. That’s why I’m never going to get married,”

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    The Great lives in a household of females – his mother and her female relatives. His father died before the war in a work accident. More transformations. He seems to disparage the Nazi war effort, listlessly singing patriotic songs and having the audacity to steal a medal from a visiting war hero speaking at their school. Yet as soon as he is old enough he suddenly runs off to enlist in the army and becomes a recognized war hero for shooting so many enemy tanks, which he writes home bragging about. He also acquires a reputation as a lady’s man, going after officers’ wives while men are at the front.

    He transforms again. Home on leave he suddenly announces he’s going AWOL and hides out on the boat with the help of his friend. To me, I did not get a good sense of what all these transformations were about or why they occurred.

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    So a bit strange but the story moved along and kept my interest. It’s fairly short, less than 200 pages. We get snippets of ships and naval battle statistics. I thought it was a worthwhile read. 3.5 rounded up to 4.

    Top photo Gdansk today from pcdn.co/wp/2-Days-in-Gdansk
    Danzig after bombings from danzigfreestate.org
    photo of the author (1927-2015) from haaretz.com/polopoly

  4. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    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 part pf his from it). I felt it gave me the impression of being there - just as terrified and confused and conflicted as those kids were. A worthy second exploration into Grass.

  5. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Cat and Mouse is an oddly complex story and as is the case with most of Grass' books, it carries deep and oftentimes troubling themes about the war, but it's a very gripping and interesting book all the same with well-developed characters and a unique plot. Because it wasn't originally written in English I felt like the writing seemed a bit off, as though something were lost in translation, but it was worth it to be able to read it as it's a very unique novel in its own right.

  6. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    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 Matern, one of the main characters of Dog Years, shows up in The Onion Cellar, where Oskar's jazz band is retained, in The Tin Drum).

    Cat and Mouse is actually a novella, originally a part of Dog Years that broke off and took on a life of its own; on the surface it is the tale of Joachim Mahlke, a high school student with a protruding adam's apple (the Mouse of the title), and his fascination with a sunken Polish minesweeper after he learns to swim at the age of thirteen. It is also the story of Pilenz, the narrator and Mahlke's best friend. The two spend their high school years in wartime Poland, reacting to various things, and that's about as much plot as this little slice of life needs.

    The interesting thing about Cat and Mouse is its complete difference in tone from the other two novels. Both The Tin Drum and (what I've read so far of) Dog Years have the same high-pitched, almost hysterical humor combined with a profound sense of teleology (not surprising given the apocalyptic nature of life in Danzig under the Nazis); Grass attempts to confront the horror with over-the-top slapstick, because only through that kind of comparison is it possible to make the reader understand. But while Cat and Mouse has its moments of the same kind of ribald humor, it is more dignified, in a sense, and closer to reality; enough so, at least, that when the book reaches its inevitable climax and denoument, one feels more genuine, or more human, reactions to the fates of Pilenz and Mahlke than one does to Oskar, the hero of The Tin Drum. Perhaps that is why it was segmented off from Dog Years; perhaps there was another reason. Whatever the case, it stands on its own and as an integral part of Grass' magnum opus.

  7. Calzean Calzean says:

    Its a simple enough story of a boy, Mahlke, who grows up in Danzing and goes to WWII. But the book is full of complexities, analogies and frequent shifts in the point of the narrator view.
    Mahlke's appearance is a bit of a joke and he has some odd characteristics. The story (I think) is how he (and others) are the hunted to a hungry uncaring society.

  8. Cody Cody says:

    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 an impact than its predecessor. In fact, I argue that its overall impact is greater, as is the book as a piece of art unto itself. There is some devastating beauty here...That rarest of things: a perfect book.

  9. Andrew Andrew says:

    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 more 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.

  10. Manisha Manisha says:

    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.

    Logically, I know the writing was good and the literary standard was met. However, this book just didn't sit well with me. Something was clearly missing, and after thinking about it for a day, I still don't know what it was.

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10 thoughts on “Katz und Maus

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    449. Katz und Maus = Cat And Mouse (Die Danziger Trilogie = Danzig Trilogy #2), Günter Grass

    Cat and Mouse, published in Germany in 1961 as Katz und Maus, is a novella by Günter Grass, the second book of the Danzig Trilogy, and the sequel to The Tin Drum.

    It is about Joachim Mahlke, an alienated only child without a father. The narrator Pilenz alone could be termed his friend, if it were possible to be friends with Mahlke (p. 78); much of Pilenz's narration addresses Mahlke directly by means of second-person narration.

    The story is set in Danzig around the time of the Second World War and Nazi rule.

    موش و گربه - گونتر گراس (فرزان روز، پبام)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و دوم ماه آگوست سال 2010 میلادی

    عنوان: موش و گربه؛ نویسنده: گراس گونتر؛ مترجم: کامران فانی؛ تهران، پیام، 1350؛ در 179 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر و پژوهش فرزانروز؛ 1378؛ چاپ دوم 1379؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی - سده 20 م

    موش و گربه دومین کتاب، از مجموعه ی سه‌ گانه دانتسیگ (پس از: طبل حلبی، و پیش از: سال‌های سگی) است. این داستان، زندگی یک نوجوان یتیم را به نام: «یواخیم مالکه»، روایت می‌کند. راوی داستان، فردی به نام: «پیلنتس» است، که خود را دوست «مالکه» میداند. بیشتر روایت «پیلنتس»، «مالکه» را به صورت دوم شخص، مخاطب قرار می‌دهد. داستان در شهر «دانتسیگ (گدانسک)»، و در زمان حکومت نازی، و جنگ جهانی دوم می‌گذرد. رمان «موش و گربه» را، «نشر و پژوهش فرزان روز» فراهم نموده، «مالکه» شخصیت اصلی داستان است، و راوی آن را نقل می­کند، راوی همه جا در کنار اوست، انگار همان «سانچو»، که همراه «دن‌ کیشوت» بود، رویدادها نیز، چون نیک بنگریم، همان رویدادهای «دن‌ کیشوت» است.؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. Lisa Lisa says:

    Oh, I wonder!

    Filled with motivation to read my way through Günter Grass until summer, I started by rereading this novella which sits nicely between Tin Drum and Dog Years, accessible and direct in its approach to a youth spent under the spell of Hitler.

    And like the 3-year-old drummer, who has unexplained cameo appearances in the story, drumming up tension at crucial points without indicating his role as the master of another Grass novel, I feel that dark time and the place hover over me like a dark cloud. I hear the thunder, I feel the cold, I smell the rot of a childhood lived under the delusion of German nationalism. I don't have to close my eyes to imagine the terror of war that those boys born in the late 20s know by learning the form, function and destruction power of each vehicle and weapon by heart. I don't need to go outside in the middle of Scandinavian winter to feel the freezing cold of the water that the Grand Mahlke makes his hunting ground, diving to pick up souvenirs from a sunk ship in the bay.

    I know all that already, from Christa Wolf, from Thomas Mann, from Andersch, from Heinrich Böll, from every single witness of that hellish time. I know it was convincing to young boys (and girls), that they dreamt of being heroes, that they were influenced by friends coming back to hold burning speeches in their schools. I know they (mis)read Schiller to get the spirit of sacrifice right. I know they were afraid and excited, and that they had their personal problems and worries and losses to cope with while making decisions deciding over life or death, honour or shame, isolation or participation, at a time in their adolescence when nobody is old enough to make mature choices, especially not after ten years of Nazi childhood indoctrination.

    YEs, I know all that.

    And yet it hits me like a blizzard anyway. I can't stop that feeling in the pit of my stomach from growing. I feel it is hard to swallow, I feel like choking. And I wonder if that was a deliberate, intended side effect, to make it Mahlke's biggest worry how to hide his enormous Adam's apple? There is the religious implication of having been seduced, having eaten the apple, choking on the effect of being seduced by that ominous power. And there is the sad truth that youths will always do plenty of irrational things to cover up what they consider personally embarrassing. As a teacher, I have seen more than enough of that.

    Like the narrator, I feel like a pendulum, moving from seeing the story unfold in third person to directly speaking to You, the vulnerable Joachim Mahlke, who was hunted down by the circumstances of his youth and sacrificed in the meaningless game of Cat And Mouse that nationalist hatred and delusion started.

    I check out for now, but I can never leave. Oskar Matzerath is drumming, and I will follow. Lured in by the power of Grass' mighty prose, I will follow him through the nightmare that was his time and place.

  3. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    A book by the German author who won the 1999 Nobel prize, best known for his novel The Tin Drum. The story is set during World War II in Danzig, a free city on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Germany until the Nazis took it over. Today it’s Gdansk, Poland.

    There are two main characters, two boys of early high school age, the only two Catholics who hang out with a group of ten or so Lutheran boys and occasionally girls. In summer they swim out daily to their hangout – a half sunken Polish minesweeper some distance out in the harbor. One main character is the narrator who tells the story of the real main character who becomes the main theme of the book --- his radical changes over time.

    description

    At first the main character is shy and awkward. Today we’d call him a geek or a dork. The other boys avoid him and make fun of him. He says he wants to be a professional clown. He’s tall and gangly with big ears and can’t even swim at first. (His huge Adam’s apple is a joke in the title of the book.) Since they often swim naked he’s also admired for the size of his, let’s say, ‘dangling participle.’

    But once they teach him how to swim he becomes the best swimmer and diver among them. He’s the only one who dives underwater into the ship’s hold and daily starts bringing up medals, pictures, equipment, tools and even cans of food from the sunken part of the vessels. He transforms into a hero and the kids start calling him the “Great Mahlke.”

    Both the Catholic boys are very religious but in different ways. The narrator is a daily altar boy. The Great is excessively devout in taking communion but even his priest worries about his Mariolatry. The Great says “Of course I don’t believe in God. He’s just a swindle to stultify the people. The only thing I believe in is the Virgin Mary. That’s why I’m never going to get married,”

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    The Great lives in a household of females – his mother and her female relatives. His father died before the war in a work accident. More transformations. He seems to disparage the Nazi war effort, listlessly singing patriotic songs and having the audacity to steal a medal from a visiting war hero speaking at their school. Yet as soon as he is old enough he suddenly runs off to enlist in the army and becomes a recognized war hero for shooting so many enemy tanks, which he writes home bragging about. He also acquires a reputation as a lady’s man, going after officers’ wives while men are at the front.

    He transforms again. Home on leave he suddenly announces he’s going AWOL and hides out on the boat with the help of his friend. To me, I did not get a good sense of what all these transformations were about or why they occurred.

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    So a bit strange but the story moved along and kept my interest. It’s fairly short, less than 200 pages. We get snippets of ships and naval battle statistics. I thought it was a worthwhile read. 3.5 rounded up to 4.

    Top photo Gdansk today from pcdn.co/wp/2-Days-in-Gdansk
    Danzig after bombings from danzigfreestate.org
    photo of the author (1927-2015) from haaretz.com/polopoly

  4. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    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 part pf his from it). I felt it gave me the impression of being there - just as terrified and confused and conflicted as those kids were. A worthy second exploration into Grass.

  5. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Cat and Mouse is an oddly complex story and as is the case with most of Grass' books, it carries deep and oftentimes troubling themes about the war, but it's a very gripping and interesting book all the same with well-developed characters and a unique plot. Because it wasn't originally written in English I felt like the writing seemed a bit off, as though something were lost in translation, but it was worth it to be able to read it as it's a very unique novel in its own right.

  6. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    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 Matern, one of the main characters of Dog Years, shows up in The Onion Cellar, where Oskar's jazz band is retained, in The Tin Drum).

    Cat and Mouse is actually a novella, originally a part of Dog Years that broke off and took on a life of its own; on the surface it is the tale of Joachim Mahlke, a high school student with a protruding adam's apple (the Mouse of the title), and his fascination with a sunken Polish minesweeper after he learns to swim at the age of thirteen. It is also the story of Pilenz, the narrator and Mahlke's best friend. The two spend their high school years in wartime Poland, reacting to various things, and that's about as much plot as this little slice of life needs.

    The interesting thing about Cat and Mouse is its complete difference in tone from the other two novels. Both The Tin Drum and (what I've read so far of) Dog Years have the same high-pitched, almost hysterical humor combined with a profound sense of teleology (not surprising given the apocalyptic nature of life in Danzig under the Nazis); Grass attempts to confront the horror with over-the-top slapstick, because only through that kind of comparison is it possible to make the reader understand. But while Cat and Mouse has its moments of the same kind of ribald humor, it is more dignified, in a sense, and closer to reality; enough so, at least, that when the book reaches its inevitable climax and denoument, one feels more genuine, or more human, reactions to the fates of Pilenz and Mahlke than one does to Oskar, the hero of The Tin Drum. Perhaps that is why it was segmented off from Dog Years; perhaps there was another reason. Whatever the case, it stands on its own and as an integral part of Grass' magnum opus.

  7. Calzean Calzean says:

    Its a simple enough story of a boy, Mahlke, who grows up in Danzing and goes to WWII. But the book is full of complexities, analogies and frequent shifts in the point of the narrator view.
    Mahlke's appearance is a bit of a joke and he has some odd characteristics. The story (I think) is how he (and others) are the hunted to a hungry uncaring society.

  8. Cody Cody says:

    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 an impact than its predecessor. In fact, I argue that its overall impact is greater, as is the book as a piece of art unto itself. There is some devastating beauty here...That rarest of things: a perfect book.

  9. Andrew Andrew says:

    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 more 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.

  10. Manisha Manisha says:

    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.

    Logically, I know the writing was good and the literary standard was met. However, this book just didn't sit well with me. Something was clearly missing, and after thinking about it for a day, I still don't know what it was.

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