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The Paul Street Boys

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,196 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
The war between two groups of Hungarian boys living in Budapest. One with Hungarian national colours (red, white, green) is defending the square from redshirts (from Garibaldi's redshirts), who want to occupy the square.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1998 by Corvina (first published 1907)
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20th Century Hungarian Literature
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Jeannette Nikolova
Apr 25, 2016 Jeannette Nikolova rated it really liked it
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I think that my age is above the target group of this book, but that surely did not stop me from enjoying it. To a certain degree. That is, knowing beforehand that it’s a children’s book, I was a bit shocked by the ending.

However, the style of the author as well as the setting and topic are lovely. The atmosphere is very consuming and the entire book can be finished in one reading, easily.

I was not aware of how old The Paul Street Boys actually is, and
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Simona Bartolotta
Dec 20, 2015 Simona Bartolotta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900
Grazie, Nemecsek.

Meraviglioso, semplicemente meraviglioso. Mi aspettavo il solito romanzetto noioso sui due gruppi di pargoli pestiferi che si danno guerra, invece mi trovo tra le mani questo piccolo gioiello.
Lo farò leggere ai miei figli.
Matt Ackerman
May 22, 2007 Matt Ackerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that's for young adults (12-14 years old), but everybody should read it. It has wonderful moments of courage, selfless leadership, and friendship.
Neva
Dec 27, 2014 Neva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
За мен е мистерия как една от класиките на детската литература никога досега не ми е попадала пред очите. Любопитното е, че научих за нея през Италия - нали съм италианистка, а там тази книга е просто базисна: "Момчетата от улица "Пал" е далеч по-позната и от "Пипи", и от "Мечо Пух", и от произведенията на техния си Джани Родари... В течение на вече десетилетия в стотици италиански позовавания - лични, книжни и всякакви други - попадам на "Момчетата..." И ето че най-сетне стигнах до нея на бълга ...more
rosshalde
Pal Sokağı çocukları Budapeşte'de 1800'lü yılların sonlarında bir grup çocuğun oyun oynadıkları "arsa"yı sahiplenişleri ve bu arsayı ele geçirmek isteyen başka bir grupla mücadelelerini anlatıyor. Okurken her daim yetişkinlere atfedilen duygu durumlarına aslında çocukların da sahip olduğunu fark ediyorsunuz. Ve benim gibi bu kitabı çocukluğunuzdan çok sonra okuduysanız her bir sayfasında çocukluğunuza bir adım daha döndüğünüzü fark ediyorsunuz. Boka'nın arsayı kaptırmamak için yaptığı savaş pla ...more
Mustafa Şahin
Hayatımda okuduğum en güzel, en samimi romanlardan birisiydi. Şimdi bile okusam bir tuhaf olurum.
Auntie Pam
Non credo che ci sia persona al mondo che leggendo questo libro non ne rimarrebbe colpita. Chi è che leggendo questo libro da adulto non torna indietro con gli anni e rivive i propri spazi per giocare? E sto parlando di giocare sul serio, all'aria aperta,cosa che i bambini di oggi non sanno più fare. Leggendo questo libro sono tornata ai miei "giardini", alle serate passate a giocare a nascondino, a campana e pomeriggi interi a fare i braccialetti con i fili di lana. Logicamente tutti tifiamo pe ...more
Patrizia O
Mi piacerebbe sapere cosa accade ai ragazzi della via pal dopo le vicende narrate nel libro. Immagino che con due guerre mondiali in arrivo abbiano imparato a loro spese che non c'è onore nel combattere nelle trincee.
Semih Eker
Apr 04, 2016 Semih Eker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yky, kütüphane
Eseri çok beğendim ve özellikle sonlara doğru inanılmaz duygulandım. Çocuk kitabı olarak geçiyor ama bu yaşımda bu kadar etkilendiysem, çocukluğumda okumuş olsam ne hale gelirdim bilemiyorum.

Gerçekten çok derin kişilik öğretileri var eserde; mertlik, doğruluk, arkadaşa arka çıkma ve satmama, sadakat ve daha bir sürü güzel davranış...

Küçükken mahalle maçları yaparken, dizlerimiz kanlar içinde kalsa da hırsla top oynadığımız zamanlar aklımdan geçti ve çocukluk arkadaşlarımı eserdeki kahramanlarla
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Azura
Feb 10, 2013 Azura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro meraviglioso. E' uno dei classici per ragazzi che da piccola non avevo letto, e l'ho divorato in poche ore,ridendo e piangendo.La storia di questi ragazzi, che combattono per il loro terreno contro una banda di ragazzi rivali, conquista dalle prime pagine, e ci si affezziona così tanto ai personaggi che si piange di ogni loro piccolo e grande dolore. E' una storia che colpisce nel profondo, una storia d'amicizia e di giochi, ma anche di tradimenti e perdono, dei più grandi che se la prendo ...more
Witold Banasik
Mar 20, 2010 Witold Banasik rated it it was amazing
It is a must to read the book.
If it is not a real life described in the book you can always become a better human being after reading the wonderful novel by Molnar about the boys playing soldiers in the street of Hungarian city.
Heros are all around us, sometimes boys and girls in the streets, you do not have go to Iraq to be brave. Wisdom and courage of th emain hero of the book is heart-breaking and moving and very ...instructive for teenagers of the global virtual reality society.
I have loved
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Patrizia O
Non ho letto la versione originale e quindi non posso fare confronti, ma questa raccontata da Geronimo Stilton (alias Elisabetta Dami) riesce a raggiungere l'obiettivo che si propone la collana "Grandi Storie", e cioè far incuriosire i bambini e fargli amare i grandi classici per ragazzi. A suo merito ci sono le molte illustrazioni che aiutano i bambini piccoli a mantenere la concentrazione e a seguire le vicende. Bravo Geronimo!
Кремена Михайлова
Какво да кажа за книга, препоръчана от сина ми (той я чете три пъти между 8 и 10 годишна възраст) - "изгълтах" я наведнъж и после плакахме двамата...

Една жена ми я продаде за ... 1 лв.
Gamze  Öztekin
Oct 10, 2014 Gamze Öztekin rated it it was amazing
Şeker portakalı muadili, deli gibi Budapeşte'ye gitme isteği uyandıran kitap.
Yana N.
Sep 26, 2015 Yana N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I try to be frugal with my 5-star ratings as not to cheapen them; I reserve them for the best of the best, for my favorite books of all time. The Paul Street Boys by Ferenc Molnar was an easy choice in this regard.

I remember reading this book at a friend's house a long time ago, perhaps 5-6 years past. My friend and I both loved the book and I remember crying wholeheartedly at the ending, which was the only part I could fully recall when I set about to rereading this marvelous novel a few days
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Kate
Jun 14, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho scelto 4 stelle no perché il libro non sia fantastico. Avevo altre aspettative.Purtroppo prima di leggere questo libro ho visto il film, e forse è stato questo a "rovinarmi" un po' la lettura.
Comunque il libro mi è piaciuto, ahimè i bambini ormai non giocano più per strada da anni, ma la situazione che mi ha un po' "stupito" è ...come possono dei bambini tra gli 8 e i 14 anni approcciarsi cosi alla guerra, anche se per gioco? e il pensiero di uno di loro? su come sia soddisfatto del grado mil
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Ece Demircioğlu
Apr 03, 2016 Ece Demircioğlu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5. ya da 6. sınıfta okuduğum bir kitaptı. :') Şimdi evde buldum, ne kadar beğendiğimi ve hayvan gibi ağladığımı hatırladım. :') Tam hatırlamıyorum ama beni çok etkilemişti ve favorilerimde. En kısa zamanda yeniden okuyacağım. Pek hatırlamasam da hiç düşünmeden kesinlikle okuyun diyorum. ...more
Og Maciel
Dec 28, 2013 Og Maciel rated it it was amazing
This book single handedly shaped a lot of what happened in my early childhood. Just as the Paul Street Boys formed their "army" to defend their grund, I too, influenced by the book, formed my own club together with a bunch of schoolmates to "fight" against an "opposing army". I was barely 10-years-old when I read this book and the story stayed with me for much of my childhood and onto my teenager years as well. It has been about 30 years since then and it was such a great surprise when I was abl ...more
Genndy
Dec 04, 2015 Genndy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odvratna knjiga. Preodlična knjiga. Jedna od onih knjiga koje ti bezbrižnost tvog djetinjstva samelju u stroju za mljevenje mesa. Vjerujem da je ova knjiga svojim krajem devastirala mnoga djetinjstva ^^
Lucia
Feb 12, 2011 Lucia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Lucia by: Teacher
This book taught me to never say something bad about a boook before I've given it a chance.
My hungarian teacher told me to read this book, but I really didn't want to. Anyway, I finally started to read it two days before the deadline, and at first I was still hating it. I really didn't want to read it. As I continued to read, it became better and better and I really started liking the whole thing. The two "major things" that happened in the ending (I'm trying to avoid spoilers) almost made me cr
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Alessandra
Dec 20, 2015 Alessandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que história tristeeee :( Gostei muito, mas agora estou me sentindo devastada :( um livro sobre amizade, honra e imaginação dos garotos soldados da rua Paulo.
Marcos Kopschitz
Feb 12, 2016 Marcos Kopschitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Clássico da literatura mundial, de 1907, a história se passa em Budapeste, capital da Hungria, ainda no século XIX. Histórias de turmas de meninos e suas aventuras sempre foram muito atraentes para jovens, mas esta cativa qualquer um, em qualquer idade. Para o tradutor Paulo Rónai, é “.... livro de aventuras que vale por um estudo de psicologia, livro de memórias em que não se percebe a presença do autor, livro de guerra que nos reconcilia com a humanidade.”

Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952) é um importa
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Erkan Erol
May 28, 2014 Erkan Erol rated it it was amazing
---ERNÖ NEMEÇEK---
---BİKA YANOŞ----
---ATŞ FERİ---

Pal Sokağı Çocukları (Ferenc Molnar)
- Highlight on Page 17 | Loc. 257-59

Nefer, yazık ki, bir taneden başka yoktu. Bütün Alan'da komutanlar, subaylar hep bu biricik ere buyurur; bu biricik ere çatar; olur olmaz şeyler için bu biricik eri hapse atarlardı. Sanırım, söylemeye gerek bile yok bu biricik er Nemeçek'ti; küçük, sarışın Nemeçek.
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Pal Sokağı Çocukları (Ferenc Molnar)
- Highlight on Page 27 | Loc. 403-4

"Sümüklü" sözcüğü etkisini gös
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Yunusemre Yener
Jan 03, 2015 Yunusemre Yener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın içeriğiyle/sonuyla ilgili bilgi içerir!
Bu romanın karakteri çok komik bir espriyi suratında hiç gülümseme olmadan yapan insanlara benziyor. Sıkı bir militarizm ve milliyetçilik özelinde her türlü dışlayıcı ve ayrıştırıcı ideoloji eleştirisi. En azından ben böyle algıladım veya algılamak istedim. Goodreads'te bir kaç yorum okudum hepsi heroism'den girmiş courage'dan çıkmış. Böyle algılanmasının bir sebebi Molnar'ın kitap boyunca -bence en sondaki arsanın akıbeti hariç - bu ironiyi hiç boz
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Adriana Fogaça
Jul 04, 2013 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing
Belíssimo!!!

O que posso dizer me apaixonei pela história, dos Meninos da Rua Paulo.

As brincadeiras, a perseverança de manter seu território e a beleza da infância.

Mas durante o processo de proteger o "grund", a ingenuidade vai se perdendo e a realidade começa se projetar, e os pequenos meninos da Rua Paulo, tem que encarar a traição, a coragem, o companheirismo, o perdão, a vitória, a derrota e principalmente a morte.

Recomendo para aqueles que tem mente aberta.

Adorei!
Pupilla
Jul 07, 2015 Pupilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-hungarian
Érdekes viszony fűz hozzá. Utáltam a borítóját, és utáltam hogy el kell olvasnom, mert fiús volt, és fiús a címe is, és fiús a témája is, amit úgy gondoltam addig, hogy nem szeretek.
Aztán ahogy olvastam megszerettem a gyerekeket, és nagyon nagyon sajnáltam Nemecseket, talán mert egy kupac lány engem is sokat bántott iskoláskorunkban.
Aztán rájöttem, hogy fekszik nekem ez a sok fiú, meg grund, meg csatározósdi, és visszagondolva rá, nagyon szeretem.
Ferenc Csizovszky
An outstanding book for teens about heroic strains, patriotism, life and death.

It is really well-written, exciting, and cheerful until the very end, where the story takes a really depressing turn.

I would recommend it to anyone, who knows what an empty little plot of land means to a bunch of kids, who need a place to play in the city.

8/10
Katie Varga
Jul 07, 2014 Katie Varga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fist compulsory reading book I actually enjoyed.
Adriana Fogaça
Feb 20, 2015 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Os Meninos da Rua Paulo
Ferenc Molnár
Edições de Ouro
1970


Belíssimo!!!

O que posso dizer, me apaixonei pela história dos Meninos da Rua Paulo. As brincadeiras, a perseverança de manter seu território e a beleza da infância. Mas durante o processo de proteger o "grund", a ingenuidade vai se perdendo e a realidade começa se projetar, e os pequenos meninos da Rua Paulo tem que encarar a traição, a coragem, o companheirismo, o perdão, a vitória, a derrota e principalmente a morte.

É a história de um gr
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Marco Loretelli
Feb 06, 2016 Marco Loretelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un classico, un romanzo picaresco da leggere tutto d'un fiato. È la punta di diamante di questo tipo di narrazione, da affiancare assolutamente a "Le Avventure di Tom Sawyer". Se nell'opera di Twain tutto si sviluppa in aperta campagna del Missouri, qui la storia si inscena nei sobborghi urbani di Budapest. Molnàr descrive uno spaccato di vita quotidiana adolescenziale di cui noi almeno una volta nella vita ne abbiamo fatto parte. Da questo romanzo realizziamo quanto, da infanti, ci divertivamo: ...more
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Ferenc Molnár (Americanized name: Franz Molnar) was a Hungarian dramatist and novelist. During the World War II he emigrated to the United States to escape the Nazi persecution of Hungarian Jews.
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“Was it good?
Nemecsek fixed his blue eyes on Gereb and replied:
Yes, and quietly added: Much better than to be standing on the bank, laughing at me. I'd rather stay in the water neck-deep until New Year than be hand-in-hand with my friends' enemies. I don't mind having dipped in the water. The other day I fell in there by myself. I saw you then, too, with these strangers on the island. But you fellows can invite me as long as you like, you can flatter me and shower me with presents - yet I won't have a thing to do with you. And if you give me another ducking, if you throw me in the water a hundred times, or even a thousand times, I'll come here tomorrow and the day after just the same. I'll find a hiding place where you won't get me. I'm not afraid of anyone of you. And if you'll come to Paul Street, to take our ground away, we'll be on the spot! And don't you forget that either! I'll show you that with ten of us against your ten, you'll hear a different sort of talk from what I'm giving you now. It was easy enough to get the better of me! The one that's stronger always wins! The Pasztor boys stole my marbles in the Museum Garden because they were stronger. Now I got a ducking because you are stronger! Easy enough when ten are against one! But I don't care! You can even beat me up, if it'll do you good. I could have saved myself from the ducking, but I wouldn't join you. I'd rather be drowned or have my brains knocked out than be a traitor...like....somebody standing over...there....”
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