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Interesting thing about Cat and is Its Complete Difference In Tone From The complete difference in tone from the 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 dignified in a sense and closer to reality nough so at least that when the book reaches its inevitable climax and denoument one feels genuine or human reactions to the fates of Pilenz and Mahlke than one does to Oskar the hero of The Tin Drum Perhaps that is Oskar the hero of The Tin Drum Perhaps that is 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 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 uniue 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 uniue novel in its own right The brutal account of these kids in DanzigGdansk 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 r 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 PolandThere are two main characters two boys of Revived 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 timeAt 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 bigars and can t Student Research Projects in Calculus 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 picturesuipment tools and ven cans. “The Great Mahlke” But to his nemies 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. ,
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 xecution 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 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 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 vening 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 A Heart of Stone 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 hereThat rarest of things a perfect book Its a simplenough story of a boy Mahlke who grows up in Danzing and goes to WWII But the book is full of complexities analogies and freuent shifts in the point of the narrator view Mahlke s appearance is full of complexities analogies and freuent shifts in the point of the narrator view Mahlke s appearance 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 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 Taking Instruction (Taboo, event from different points of view forxample *the same Language and Linguistics event from different points of view forxample picnic taken by the jazz trio and Schmuh in Book III of The Tin Drum shows up towards the nd 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 DrumCat 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 needsThe. An alternate cover for this isbn can be found hereTo 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.