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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  2,680 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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.

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Published March 17th 1997 by Vintage Classics (first published 1961)
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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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pierre E. Loignon
Ce roman raconte moins une histoire qu’elle décrit l’existence d’un jeune individu d’exception, Mahlke, ou « la souris », à partir du regard d’un de ses camarades, Pilensz, « le chat ».
Le chat, fasciné, hypnotisé, dépassé, suit sa souris comme son ombre : « Nous allions dénombrant des énigmes et ne pouvions pas te comprendre ». Il l’admire et la haït parfais, mais, chose certain, il ne peut absolument pas s’en passer.
La souris, dont l’existence se déroule en période nazi, est animée d’une volon
Al principio me fue difícil seguir la narración, hecha por un personaje que no era el principal, es posible que la traducción afectara mi comprensión, quizá suene tonto de mi parte llamarla demasiado española (en realidad, creo que es la única traducción disponible en mi idioma). El simbolismo de "gato y ratón" que usa la palabra ratón alemana maus como modismo o sinónimo de nuez o manzana de Adán se pierde un poco si no lees la nota al pie y lo tienes presente cuando de nuevo se hace una analog ...more
Ioannis Savvas
Ο Γκύντερ Γκρας θεωρείται ο μεγαλύτερος εν ζωή Γερμανός συγγραφέας, τιμημένος με το Βραβείο Νόμπελ λογοτεχνίας το 1999. Το Γάτα και ποντίκι είναι ένα από τα γνωστότερα μυθιστορήματά του. Ο Γιόαχιμ Μάλκε είναι ένας εκκεντρικός και απομονωμένος τύπος, που την ιστορία του στα χρόνια του Χίτλερ αφηγείται ο φίλος του Πίλεντς. Μια ιστορία απλή, φιλίας και μίσους, εφηβείας, μέσα στον συντηρητισμό της καθολικής εκκλησίας και της έμφυτης τάσης για «υγιή» παραβατικότητα της νιότης. Τελικά, ένας μεγάλος συ ...more
Inside this book, which I received as a Christmas gift from my brother's girlfriend, is a gift tag that reads: "Joel said you've read everything on earth already, so I found you a wild card. Can you handle it? :)"

The front cover proclaims the book "The electrifying and uproarious novel by the author of the international sensation, THE TIN DRUM."

Below that, it includes the following comments(which I include because it seems odd to include so boldly what seems like rather faint praise):
"Gunter Gra
Κατερίνα Μαλακατέ

Πριν από κάποια χρόνια προσπάθησα να διαβάσω το «Ένα ευρύ πεδίο» του Γκύντερ Γκρας, δεν τα κατάφερα, μου έμεινε κάπως σαν παιδικό τραύμα η εμπειρία και δεν είχα τολμήσει να πλησιάσω τον συγγραφέα έκτοτε. Φέτος, χωρίς να το έχω προσχεδιάσει αγόρασα το «Γάτα και Ποντίκι». Ο μικρός του όγκος, ένα ξεφύλλισμα βιαστικό στο βιβλιοπωλείο με έπεισαν πως θα τα κατάφερνα. Κι όντως η γραφή του Γκρας σε αυτή τη νουβέλα είναι πολύ στρωτή, η ιστορία εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρου
Mika Auramo
May 14, 2011 Mika Auramo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sota-ajan nuorisokuvauksista kiinnostuneille
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Günther Grassin teos on suomennettu nimellä kissa ja hiiri. Se on kertomus nuorten ystävyydestä sota-ajan Saksassa, tarkemmin sanottuna Länsi-Preussissa Langfurin satamakaupungissa. Ystävyyteen kuuluu kunnioitusta, joka kohdistuu lopussa lähes myyttisiin mittoihin kohoavaan opiskelukaveriin Mahlkeen. Tarinan tapahtumia seurataan hänen kurssitoverinsa ja ihailijan Pilenzin näkökulmasta.

Kerronnallisesti romaani on mielenkiintoinen, sillä alussa paljastetaan vain, että kertoja on Mahlken luokalla l
Sarah Sammis
Cat and Mouse is an early novel by author and poet, Günter Grass. It's the second book in the Danzig trilogy. It's a German coming of age novel set during WWII and it reminds me quite favorably of John Knowles's novel A Separate Peace (1959).

The unnamed protagonist says early on that the book isn't about himself but instead about "The Great Mahlke." Mahlke was a childhood friend known for his big adams apple, the screwdriver he wore around his neck and his love of swimming.

Although the book is s
Siraj Alarabi
الجميل في هذه الرواية أننا نرى الكاتب يتحدث عن نفسه في ظل حديثه عن شخصية أخرى (يواكيم ماله)حيث قال الكاتب بأنه يتحدث فيها عن أجزاء من سيرته نفسها ولكننا نرى (يواكيم مالكه) دائما في الصورة! وهذا هو الرابط بين القط (الكاتب) والفأر (يواكيم مالكه). تندمج الشخصيتين ثم تفترقان, تسيران معاً, تختفي واحدة وتضهر الأخرى وهكذا...لينتج في النهاية نسيج روائي مميز يتحدث عن المرحلة منذ بدايات الحرب العالميّة الثانية حتّى نهاية الخمسينات من القرن العشرين في تفاصيل حياتية تافهة ولكنها كافية لتعطي صورة واضحة عن حي ...more
My least favorite Grass book. Although brilliant commentary, I had trouble with the imagery which was not only sometimes beyond me but was heavy handed and repetitious. Still it is a worthwhile read just for its social commentary especially on twenthieth century Europe and especially Danzig.
This volume is missing the delightfully sardonic Humnor of The Tin Drum and even The Dog Years, of which it was once a part. It deserves to be split off, of course, and it is worth reading although the story
Miss Bookiverse
Seit der Blechtrommel bin ich ja eh extrem schlecht auf Günter Grass zu sprechen, deshalb hab ich von Anfang an erwartet, dass mir Katz und Maus nicht gefallen würde. Dank des Deutschunterrichts musste ich es mir trotzdem zu Gemüte führen, was ich aber (gepriesen sei das Internet) nur teilweise getan habe. Gott sei Dank ist dieser Roman wenigstens um ein Vielfaches dünner als Die Blechtrommel. Spaß gemacht hat's trotzdem nicht. Die ganzen Masturbationsolympiaden u.ä. fand ich abschreckend und ek ...more
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Günter Wilhelm Grass is 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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The Danzig Trilogy (3 books)
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“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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