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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,
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 17th 1997 by Vintage Classics (first published 1961)
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من جديد ... هي رواية تم ترشيحها لي .... أمسكت بها في معرض عام قلبتها في يدي ثم وضعتها في مكانها، وها أنا قد حصلت عليها وقرأتها من خلال معرض عام .... وربما لو لم يتم ترشيحها لي ما كنت قرأتها أبدا

مراجعات وتقييمات الرواية غاية في الإحباط وأخص بكلامي مراجعات القراء العرب ممن قرأوا نفس الترجمة تقريبا، بينما لا تعطي المراجعات الأجنبية أي نوع من وسائل القياس

الرواية محبطة فعلا لمن يبحث عن قصة وعقدة وأحداث أو مغامرة ... الترجمة غريبة فقد كنت افاجأ بألفاظ غاية في القبح والمخالفة لما قد أقبله وأتعجب م
Robert Beveridge
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 Mo ...more
Ahmed Mahmoud Gamal

تكملة قراءة هذا القىء هو بمثابة التكفير عن جميع الذنوب التى ارتكبتها فى الماضى والتى سوف أرتكبها فى المسقبل
لعن الله الملل يا أخى .الروايه لمن يريد التكفير عن ذنوبه وبما انى لا انوى هذه الايام ..فلن اكملها ..(يعنى على دخله رمضان كده
If you've only read The Tin Drum, and you're looking for more 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
Tanuj Solanki
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.
Kopinjol Baishya
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Octavio Villalpando
Ésto es lo más cercano a "realismo mágico" que he leído en un autor alemán. Nos narra los acontecimientos en la vida de Mahlke, visto por los ojos de uno de sus condiscípulos. Grass logra crear un universo alterno, bastante realista, plagado de anecdotas.

Se supone que es la segunda parte de una trilogía, no he tenido el gusto de leer los otros dos libros que la conforman, pero seguramente lo haré, me gusto mucho el estilo de escribir del autor, a quien no había leído...
"Desde aquel viernes sé lo que es el silencio. El silencio se produce cuando las gaviotas dan la vuelta y se van. Nada es capaz de provocar mayor sensación de silencio que una draga trabajando, cuando el viento se lleva en sentido contrario su estrépito de hierro. Pero el mayor silencio lo produce Joaquín Mahlke, al no contestar a mi ruido."

"El gato y el ratón" forma parte de la llamada "Trilogía de Danzig", junto con "El tambor de hojalata" y "Años de perro". Günter Grass desarrolla la infancia
Hanipal Hamilcar
إن مابدأ بقط وفأر يعذبني اليوم في شكل طائر خطاف البحر ذي العرف الذي يحوم حول البرك التي تحيطها نباتات الأسل :(
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 more 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 picked up this book because I became fascinated by the city of Danzig (today known as Gdańsk, 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 wikipedia 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 b
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 performanc
القط والفأر

الجزء الثاني من ما اصطلح على تسميته بثلاثية دانتسغ، والتي تضم إلى جانب هذه الرواية روايتي (الطبل الصفيح) و(سنوات الكلاب)، وتسمى ثلاثية دانتسغ نسبة إلى المدينة التي ولد فيها غونتر غراس، وكتب رواياته الثلاث هذه عنها، ودانتسغ كانت مدينة – دولة فيما بين 1920 م وحتى 1939 م، قبل أن يستولي عليها الألمان في الحرب العالمية الثانية – وقد تعرض غراس لهذا في روايته الطبل الصفيح، وخاصة قصة معركة مكتب البريد البولندي -، ثم آلت بعد ذلك إلى أن تصبح مدينة بولندية وتغير اسمها إلى غدانسك.

وكنت قد كتبت ع

This book reminds me a little of the Great Gatsby, only i liked it better. It has the same neutral, absent narrator who talks to us about this man he knew: Joachim Mahlke. Mahlke is mysterious, a little weird, but none-the-less someone the narrator looks up to: the great Mahlke. (And this is not me inventing that nickname, it is actually used in the book).

The story takes place in Danzig, currently known as the Polish city Gdansk, during the early 1940s. It is however not your normal war-book; t
Jul 24, 2008 Maureen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novel
This is the middle book in Grass' Weimar trilogy, and as such, it is an unusual middle child. It does not suffer from the neglect the middle usually receives, because it is a different type of book, and stands alone. Nowhere as magical as The Tin Drum, it is still a story that has an other-worldly quality to it, because the principal characters are schoolboys growing in Weimar Germany. Joachim Mahlke, the main character, dives for artifacts from a half-sunken minesweeper. His greatest treasure, ...more
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 Günter
Cinabru Hoffmann
Straniu personaj acest Joachim Mahlke, eroul din a doua parte a Trilogiei Danzig, un Mendebil ce se formeaza pe nesimtite intr-un grup de pusti din orasul mort, unde victoriile armatei germane invincibile si propaganda agresiva sunt adevaratele constante. In loc sa fie interesati de fotbal, bile sau carti de aventuri (unde este inocenta jucausa a lui Tom Sawyer, spre exemplu) pustii din oras sunt pasionati de vase de lupta, dragoare, mine, tancuri, avioane, submarine, infrangeri si explozii. Fie ...more
**2.5 stars **

Ich bin sehr enttäuscht. Leider hat mir die Geschichte gar nicht so gut gefallen wie ich es mir erhofft hatte.
Ich kam zu Beginn fast nicht in das Geschehen hinein und hatte ziemlich Mühe mit dem Schreibstil des Autors.
Es geht hier um einen Aussenseiter, names Mahlke. Diesen fand ich an sich ja noch ziemlich interessant. Der Erzähler dieser Novelle war sein vermeintlicher Freund, namens Pilenz. Und diesen mochte ich überhaupt nicht. Ich konnte keinerlei Sympathie für ihn empfinden
Joaquín Mahlke es el protagonista de esta novela histórica, donde, como vemos en la trilogía de Danzig, se representa a la sociedad alemana de la época guerra y post-guerra, de una manera quizás mucho más humana, y no en términos de clase maniquea, que estamos harto acostumbrados de ver, lo cual se puede apreciar esta perspectiva histórica, por el hecho de que la novela transcurra en la ciudad, en lo cotidiano, pero a su vez excepcional de esa época de vida en la gente. Este mocetón, que tiene b ...more
ahmed sami elwakeel
بعد ما خلصت الروايه دى
وبعد ما قريت اخر ورقتين بعنوان ( عن الكاتب والروايه).
وده بيخليك تعلن الروايه اكتر
كان لزومه ايه الدوخه دى والترجمه الزباله دى
اعتقد لوان الروايه اتنشر منها اخر ورقتين
كانت استحقت نوبل
انا بفضل الروايات اللى من النوع ده تبقى قصه قصيره والقارئ يطلق العنان لخياله
ودى المتعه الحقيقيه
طبعا يكفى للى هيشتريها اخر ورقتين فقط لا غير
Eng Mohmad
الرواية اثرت فيا جدا ..اظن ان الترجمه ضعيفه وظلمت الرواية الاصليه ..فكرة الطفل الذى يحاول ان يحقق النجاح لمدارة احساسه بالنقص ..وطرق الوصول للنجاح حتى ولو كانت السرقه ..فكرة الانتحار بعد كل هذة النجاحات لمجرد حرمانه من تحقيق اهم حلم فى حياته ..واختيار نمان الانتحار فى المركب الغارق الذى حقق فيه بداية انجازاته والذى كان بمثابة انه يعد قبره منذ طفولته..
Eigentlich der zweite Teil der "Danziger Trilogie", hat es meiner Ansicht nach nichts ausgemacht "Katz und Maus" zuletzt zu lesen. Die Geschichten sind jeweils in sich abgeschlossen, deshalb ist chronologisches Lesen nicht unbedingt notwendig. In jedem der Bücher wird ein anderer Blick auf Danzig in den Vor- und Kriegsjahren geworfen. Dabei trifft man am Rand immer wieder auf Figuren aus den anderen Erzählungen, wie z.B. einen dreijährigen Jungen mit einer Blechtrommel oder die nach Tischlerleim ...more
Jessica D. Bicking
This is my first Grass, gracefully recommended to me by a good friend who spend a few years studying German literature. I myself have until today been unexplainably reluctant to read any work coping with WWII material. I wonder what it is, maybe having gone through the history curricula of the german schooling system has made me tired; the guilt wears you down. I at least have always felt it, but I also tend to take always everything a little too close to heart.
(All that business on the "What mu
carl  theaker
A remembrance of Grass' mid-teen years through a friend, Joachim Mahlke.
Grass' usual effective, nostalgic look at kids growing up, in this
case WWII Germany, doing all the things young boys do everywhere,
memorizing statistics of airplanes and battleships, having secret hiding
places, enduring routines, and going off to war.
Ahmad Sharabiani
449. Cat And Mouse, Günter Grass
موش و گربه - گونتر گراس (فرزان روز

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 «دنکیشوت» بود، رویدادها نیز چون نیک بنگریم، همان رویدادهای «دنکیشوت» است. ا. شربیانی
بسام عبد العزيز
لا أعلم هل هى الترجمة المملة.. أم أن القصة الأصلية نفسها مملة..
الأسلوب السردي غاية في الإسهاب الوصفي.. الاحداث قد لا تتحرك طوال 5 صفحات متتالية مثلا!
وصلت تقريبا لمنتصف الرواية و لم أفهم لماذا أطلق على البطلين "القط" و "الفأر".. و حتى التبرير العبيط جدا بكون تفاحة آدم تتحرك مثل الفأر كان مبالغا فيه و غير مقبول لي..

طوال منتصف الكتاب معظم الحديث يدو حول "بطلات و صولات و جولات" البطل الرئيسي في الغوص داخل السفن المحطمة و الرجوع من الماء بأشياء جديدة تم تركها في السفينة الغارقة... يغوص الولد و يعود
Oct 26, 2014 Deea rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: nobel
Joachim Mahkle is nothing like Oskar Matzerath, nor is this book as good and full of humor like "The Tin Drum". Reading it was boring and the book was a disappointment.
what a unique experience this strange book was! my first experience of the author, it was recommended to me over the more famous and daunting Tin Drum. much smaller, a very quick read, & quite evocative of youth slipping away in a small German town before & during world war II. Grass inhabits his young narrator completely, relating his ordinary exploits & adventures with his school chums & particularly one odd character who stood out from the rest due to his enormous adam's apple ...more
Bought it again, read it again, gave it away again.
I read this one closer to deal with the, what I call, artistic narrative. At first I wondered if it was going to be something experimental and difficult to get through like Joyce or some stream of consciousness writer. It wasn't conventionally told, but after some adapting I didn't have a problem. Quite a few passages 'wowed' me with the excellence of phrasing or the way it was so evocative. Although, the narrator, and I believe intentionally, tipped off the reader of the final outcome, it was s ...more
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Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning German author and playwright.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he has lived in West Germany (now Germany), but in his fiction he frequently returns to the Danzig of his childhood.
He is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum, a key text in European magic realism. His works frequently have a strong left wing,
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“Suppose you're teaching math. You assume that parallel lines meet at infinity. You'll admit that adds up to something like transcendence.” 2 likes
“Y cuando el corredor dijo amén, allí estaba él, con la clara ventana frontal a la espalda, entre la secretaría y la dirección: él, el Gran Mahlke, pero sin ratón, porque llevaba en el cuello el singular objeto, el abretesésamo, el magneto, lo contrario de una cebolla, el trébol galvanizado de cuatro hojas, el engendro del buen viejo Schinkel, la golosina, el aparato, la cosa cosa cosa, el no-quiero-hablar-de-eso. ¿Y el ratón?” 1 likes
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