The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr
Murr's segments are a staid, city life...a more "ordinary" life of social customs, education, society, rank, etc. Murr educates himself by learning to read & write. He has polish, civility, class.....but always the cat in him comes out: a fried herring head is too hard to resist, the claws come out at fright and anger, he arches his back. There's no getting away from on ...more
I am not a Literature expert of any kind, but I have been reading some ...more
Murr è un gatto colto e intelligente che ama la lettura e si dedica con impegno anche alla scrittura. Il libro, infatti, è un'autobiografia in cui Murr non solo parla della sua vita ma esprime anche le sue considerazioni sulla società. Murr, però, per scrivere la sua biografia, usa dei fogli che contenevano la biografia di Kreisler, un altro personaggio di Hoffmann. Le due biografie in questo modo si sovrappongono e l'editore stampa un libro che contiene le due biografie che s'intrecciano e s ...more
Murr engages in a sort of bildungsroman, starting off as a precocious kitten fond of half-reading classics and amusing himse ...more
Essentially, it is the story of the self-taught cat Tomcat Murr who has written is own autobiography which, ...more
After finishing: I must say after the initial novelty of the form, characters and setting wore off, I didn't enjoy this book all that much and it was a struggle to see it through to the end. My main criticisms: The Kreisler plot is so convoluted and every time it begins to pick up, a Murr chapter breaks the momentum. ...more
“I don’t see why an agreeable domestic pet with a happy natural disposition shouldn’t be taught to read and write, or indeed why such a little creature couldn’t rise to become a scholar and poet. Is that so unprecedented a thing? I won’t go so far as to quote the Thousand and One Nights as the best historical source, and a source full of pragmatic authenticity; I will just remind you, my dear fellow, of Puss in ...more
The stories of both Murr and Kreisler are fragmentary, fun, suspenseful, action-filled romps. And with all of that, they also contain fantastical and gothic elements.
I will need to read this again so that I can better explain the ways this book works for me.
In terms of its description of emotion, and the heights and chasms it an bring people, it was very well done. There is a conscious desire to describe mental illness, done better than most books I've read.
This book is undoubtedly a classic. It is innovative, even today, and I c ...more
- New Yorker piece about fictional composers
None of that sounds tempting but the book does sound cool.
Consistently surprising. A cat has written his memoirs but in the process a number of pages from a manuscript about the life of a composer have gotten mixed in. The cat will be talking about his days, and the narrative breaks off mid-sentence, enters mid-sentence the court intrigue that dominates the composer's tale. Several pages later, mid-sentence, this story breaks off, and the cat's tale resumes.
What is perhaps most surprising in this seemingly comic setup is the darkness that intrudes into...more
Записки кота как будто бы являются основным поводом к книге. Как водится (хотя скорее всего именно Гофман и ввёл эту традицию), мир с точки зрения тщеславного самодовольного кота достаточно понятен и ограничен. Еда - женщины - кошки - самовыражение - отношения с хозяином - отношения с обществом (котовым и собачьим). Вот и всё. Хотя при этом автору удаётся даже в кошачьи главы впих ...more
Hoffmann forges a path into the surreal that had been previously unexplored at his time. Both characters and plot switch between sanity and madness. Murr is conflicted - as an ardent scholar he is still unable to escape his base instincts which cause him constant turmoi ...more
The delightful way that the two stories in this book interleave is pure magic. The tomcat's observations on life made me laugh out loud several times, and the counter-thread of the other story - the fictional Romantic composer Kreisler - gripped me as a psychological horror/thriller story of the first r ...more
“O, nu, nu zburdalnicia, ci o nepotolita curiozitate stiintifica m-a indemnat sa apuc cu labutele un manuscris si sa-l tot intorc cand pe o parte, cand pe alta, pana ce s-a facut ferfenita. Maestrul a intrat si, vazand cele petrecute, s-a napustit asupra mea strigand aceste cuvinte jignitoare: 'Bestie afurisita!'.”
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