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Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
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Jan 31, 11

bookshelves: 1960s, germany
Read in January, 2011

After reading American post-WWII fiction like Pynchon and Vonnegut, I thought it was prudent and fair to read some German (albeit Free State of Danzing/Polish) post-WWII fiction. And where the American stuff is really weird in Pychon's case and fairly weird but poetic in Vonnegut's, in Gunter Grass' case, it's pretty hard to wrap your head around but at least flows really quickly. I'd do 20 pages and it'd feel like five so this short read goes by fairly fast. The storyline is straightforward chronological which helps, but do know this is not a war story, most of this takes place as kids during the war but not really engaged in for the most part.

This book has definitely made me interested in discovering more work from this time period and from more authors culturally different to myself.

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