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Maikäfer, flieg!

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  296 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Eine Familiengeschichte aus dem Nachkriegs-Wien, voll Komik und Tragik. Eine Pulverlandgeschichte, die wirklich passiert ist. Sie handelt von sehr verschiedenen Menschen, aber auch von Trümmerbergen, in der Hauptsache aber von der Freundschaft, die ein neunjähriges Mädchen mit einem russischen Koch verbindet. Cohn, der Soldatenkoch aus Leningrad, wird zum Symbol der Mensch ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Beltz (first published 1974)
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Billy Wood-Smith
May 08, 2015 Billy Wood-Smith rated it it was amazing
I read this a while ago, but just realized that I should really give my favorite German-language author the praise she deserves. This book is one of the best when it comes to showing the reality of the end of world war two from the point of view of a kid whose family gets the opportuniy to stay in a house at the countryside when there own flat in Vienna has been destroyed by bombs. There is so much heart and humor in this story and it shows clearly and absolutely realistically without ever getti ...more
Roya
Apr 23, 2015 Roya rated it liked it
نوستلینگر توانایی عجیب و حیرت انگیزی در رسوخ کردن به ذهن بچه ها و نوشتن دقیقاً از زبان آن ها دارد، ولی این یکی کتاب خوبی نبود، یعنی به آن خوبی که می توانست باشد نبود
Thomas
Nov 03, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it
Nöstlinger is in some ways the antithesis of Dahl, certainly the polar opposite of Lewis, yet despite opperating at opposite ends of the reality scale, despite disdaining fantastic worlds of the imagination, exagerrated silliness and weirdness, Nöstlinger succeeds in exactly the same way. She understands children and know how to write and explore their experiences. She is able to regress and yet remain in her position of maturity to intelligently, with great empathy, see the world through the ey ...more
Camilla Tilly
I have just finished reading this to my 9-year-old that knew nothing about WWII and it was an eye opener for her. How grown men can start a war but it's the little children, women and elderly that ultimately have to pay. She might not understand what sort of hunger these people have to go through and what it felt like to walk around in the same too big dress every day and shoes made out of wood with nails hurting the feet... But she did understand how war brings out the worse in people and the b ...more
Anastassia Dyubkova
Feb 11, 2017 Anastassia Dyubkova rated it it was amazing
Прочитав за свою жизнь массу книг о войне, я давно чётко усвоила одну истину: такие книги не бывают лёгкими. Даже если они детские. И когда повествование ведётся от лица ребёнка. Более того, пожалуй, так даже страшнее.
Но "Лети, майский жук!" при всём при том, что тема повествования тяжёлая, как ни странно, не оставила после себя тягостного впечатления. Откровенно говоря, хотя в отдельных эпизодах мороз и продирал по коже - или от самого по себе ужаса той или иной ситуации, или от страха за герое
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Isabel
This was a very interesting, and surprisingly a very good book. For I thought that it was going to be boring and not very interesting but it wasn't, I really enjoyed. I saw this book in the store, and I though that it would be more interesting than some of the books that would have had to read, so I decided to give it a go.This book was about a little Germa girl going through World War Two, and I found it very interesting and of course a lot different than the books I normally read, which made m ...more
Frances
I couldn't find this in German and had to read it in translation (Fly Away Home). Loved it. An 8-year-old girl moves with her family from the city to the suburbs of Vienna near the end of the war, and Russian soldiers move in. Really great, unique style, and I loved the abrupt ending. I also read another Nöstlinger book around this time, Ein Mann für Mama (Marrying off Mother in English, I believe), but can't find it on here to review. Sue, age 10, tries to set up her separated mother while livi ...more
Tanja
Aug 02, 2015 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the author's personal experiences, a young girl narrates what life was like in Austria during the last months of World War II: air raids, bombed out cities, shortages of all basic necessities in particular food and clothes, arrival of the occupation forces etc.
Especially recommended for young readers with a keen interest in this historic time period.
Made me think so much of all the stories that I had heard from my mother, her family's evacuation from the city into the countryside and ot
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Eisvogel
Dec 23, 2013 Eisvogel rated it it was amazing
I liked that book so much but of course I read it in German
Iz
Apr 14, 2015 Iz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 24, 2008 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Interesting look at teen-life in occupied Berlin.
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Christine Nöstlinger is an Austrian writer.

By her own admission, Nöstlinger was a wild and angry child. After finishing high school, she wanted to become an artist, and studied graphic arts at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. She worked as a graphic artist for a few years, before marrying a journalist, Ernst Nöstlinger, with whom she had two daughters. Today she alternates between her home i
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