Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Cat and Mouse” as Want to Read:
Cat and Mouse
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Cat and Mouse

(Die Danziger Trilogie #2)

by
3.54  ·  Rating details ·  4,573 ratings  ·  229 reviews
An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.

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
...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published 1997 by Vintage (first published 1961)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Cat and Mouse, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Cat and Mouse

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Ahmad Sharabiani
449. Katz und Maus = Cat And Mouse (Die Danziger Trilogie = Danzig Trilogy #2), Günter Grass
Cat and Mouse, published in Germany in 1961 as Katz und Maus, is a novella by Günter Grass, the second book of the Danzig Trilogy, and the sequel to The Tin Drum. It is about Joachim Mahlke, an alienated only child without a father. The narrator Pilenz "alone could be termed his friend, if it were possible to be friends with Mahlke" (p. 78); much of Pilenz's narration addresses Mahlke directly by means of
...more
Sawsan
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
قط وفأر" جزء من ثلاثية دانزج للكاتب الألماني جونتر جراس
ودانزج هي المدينة التي نشأ فيها جراس وتدور فيها أحداث الرواية
مشاهد في حياة اثنين أصدقاء فترة المراهقة والشباب في بدايات الحرب العالمية الثانية
يعرض جراس شكل الحياة والاهتمامات في ذلك الوقت وصورة الحرب وأثرها عليهم قبل وبعد اشتراكهم فيها
ويكشف صفات القط والفأر في واقع أي مجتمع من خلال طباع وتصرفات شخصيات الرواية
السرد في الرواية يعتمد على الرمز والتفاصيل
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, german, classic, war
Cat and Mouse is an oddly complex story and as is the case with most of Grass' books, it carries deep and oftentimes troubling themes about the war, but it's a very gripping and interesting book all the same with well-developed characters and a unique plot. Because it wasn't originally written in English I felt like the writing seemed a bit off, as though something were lost in translation, but it was worth it to be able to read it as it's a very unique novel in its own right.
Ioannis Anastasiadis
Το ‘Γάτα και ποντίκι’, ένα από τα διασημότερα μυθιστορήματα του Γερμανού νομπελίστα, αποτελεί το δεύτερο μέρος της ’τριλογίας του Ντάντσιχ’, η οποία καταπιάνεται με την άνοδο του Ναζισμού κατά το διάστημα του μεσοπολέμου και κατά την διάρκεια του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου ..Το Ντάντσιχ, η γενέτειρα πόλη του Γκυντερ Γκρας (1927), ανακηρύχτηκε ελεύθερη πόλη με την λήξη του Α’ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο, προσαρτήθηκε από τη Ναζιστική Γερμανία το 1939 κ ενώθηκε με την Πολωνία με το πέρας του πολέμου ως Γκντανσκ α ...more
مجید اسطیری
رمان جالبی است در مجموع اما اصلا فکر نکنید با شاهکاری مثل طبل حلبی روبرو خواهیدشد. چه به لحاظ موضوع و چه به لحاظ تردستی های داستانی این اثر بسیار جمع و جورتر و کوچک تر از طبل حلبی است. و البته جالب است که اسکار شخصیت راوی طبل حلبی را دو بار خیلی کوتاه و اتفاقی در این رمان زیارت خواهید کرد
دوستی دارم که گونتر گراس را با مارکز مقایسه میکند. من موافق نیستم. اگر قرار باشد در ادبیات امریکای لاتین شبیهی برای گراس پیدا کنم من فوئنتس را پیشنهاد میکنم. هر دو روایتشان آمیخته با نوعی تنش عصبی فروخورده است.
...more
Michael Finocchiaro
The brutal account of these kids in Danzig/Gdansk during the Hitler youth and the war is both chilling and poignant. It is the second volume of Grass' Danzig trilogy after The Tin Drummer and a fast but furious read. The characters are both repulsive and compelling and ow that we know that Grass was in the Hitler youth when he was 16, it is obviously a pretty damn accurate portrayal (better than the kid in All the Light We Cannot See in any case! I have to believe that Doer read this book and de ...more
Robert Beveridge
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
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
Manab
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
পরথম গুনটার গরাস পড়ি নটরডেম কলেজে পড়তে, অথবা তারও কিছু আগে। ঐ, টিন ডরামটাই। শেষ করছিলাম কি? মনে পড়ে না, তবে ভালোই লাগতেছিলো, মনে পড়ে।

সেই ভালো লাগা আজকের ভালো লাগায় তফাত সমভবত অনেক। সেই বয়সে পোষটমডারন নযারেটিভ দেখলে জিহবায় জল এসে যেতো, অসকারের বয়ান পড়তে পড়তে হটাত অসকারেরে আবিষকার করার সুখানুভূতি ছিলো, গা-গুলানো বরণনার একটা আবেদন ছিলো। সেই ছয়শো পাতার ডরাম-বাজানির বৈশিষটযগুলি এই বইয়েও আছে, বয়ানে চমৎকৃতব আছে, গা-গুলায়ে নাশ করে দেয়া কিছু অংশ আছে, মানে তখন হলে নাশ করে দিতো, এখন গায়ে লাগে না -

কিনতু এই
...more
Jeremy
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the cat and the mouse? Are there stories that can cease to be?


The second of Grass’s three Danzig-based stories is a novella that echoes the first, The Tin Drum, deliciously; overtly, there are several cameos and crossovers, including Oskar’s appearances at various points and the life of the Catholic Church and the Dusters gang, but also in mood and theme, if somewhat more compressed and focussed. This time, we have a chiefly bodiless narrator, constantly trying his best to not be in the stor
...more
Yousra
من جديد ... هي رواية تم ترشيحها لي .... أمسكت بها في معرض عام ٢٠١٣ قلبتها في يدي ثم وضعتها في مكانها، وها أنا قد حصلت عليها وقرأتها من خلال معرض عام ٢٠١٤ .... 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
...more
Cody
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germania, favoritism
I honestly don't know how anyone could give this less than 5 stars. (Taste being subjective, I understand that we like what we like.) It's flawless, without an ounce of fat on it. After finishing The Tin Drum yesterday, I started Cat and Mouse this morning. Having had the chance to finish it this evening, I'm still sitting here, some hours later, floored by it. Achingly beautiful and haunting. If you're looking for The Tin Drum II, this isn't it. Better yet: it's an entirely different animal wit ...more
Andrew
Ostensibly set in the same world as The Tin Drum, although the little boy with the drum and the piercing shrieks barely makes an appearance. Really, it is more the story of an adolescence in the shadow of the Nazi regime, and how the regime shapes what would be an otherwise unremarkable teenage boy's life of hanging out at the beach and exploring old shipwrecks. Beautifully told, grotesquely real, and closer to Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea in tone than anything else.
amin akbari
به نام او

یک نمونه کوچک و جمع وجور از شاهکار گونتر گراس: طبل حلبی
برای من که اول طبل حلبی را خواندم شگفت انگیز نبود ولی احتمالا برای کسی که هیچ کتابی از گراس نخوانده باشد می تواند مشوق خوبی برای ورود به دنیای این نویسنده بزرگ باشد
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
Manisha
I was disappointed in this second book of the trilogy. It was short, which is what I loved. And sadly, it was the only thing I loved about it.

As with the first, this book is about the coming of age tale of a boy. In this case, the story was told by his best friend. It wasn't a horrible tale at all. The concept was brilliant, I thought, however, the execution fell flat. I just didn't care about the characters as I did in the first book. And it didn't help that I found this book boring for most o
...more
Tanuj Solanki
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, owned, favorites
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.
Amir Reza Liaghat
یک کتاب فوق العاده !! تصویر پردازی و انتخاب کلمات عالیو سیر داستانی ای که اصلا از یک خط صاف پیروی نمیکنه و هر جوری دوست داره میگذره !!!
Helen
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ll
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
...more
LoneRaven
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"چه کسی پایانی بجا برایم فراهم خواهد دید؟!"
یواخیم مالکه پسرکی که "سیب انسانش" از حالت عادی بسیار بزرگتر است در کتاب موش و گربه مورد خطاب دوستش قرار میگیرد و داستان زندگیش را بازگو میکند.
از آنجا شروع میکند ک روزی با یک شیطنت کودکانه گربه ای را بر روی گردنش می اندازند و داستان ب آنجا میرسد ک از آرزوهایشان برای آینده میگویند! یواخیم تصمیم دارد دلقک شود!
اما ظاهرا تقدیر دوست دارد یواخیم فقط دلقک وی باشد و سرنوشت سرباز جنگی بودن را برای وی رقم میزند...
اما علی الظاهر دوست شناگر ماهر ما- یواخیم مالکه-
...more
Signe
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jo tālāk iekšā grāmatā, jo sarežģītāk kļuva saprast, kā teikumi cits ar citu sasaistās un kļūst par vienotu darbu. Rakstīšanas stils man ļoti negāja pie sirds.

Sākums daudzsološs - puika ar pārāk lielu ādamābolu un ar cukurūdeni ieveidotiem matiem nirst dzelmē un no nogrimušiem kuģiem velk ārā visu iespējamo. Žēl, ka man tā pa īstam neizdevās ienirt šajā Grasa novelē, patiesi žēl
فهد الفهد
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
...more
Kopinjol Baishya
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rachel
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
...more
Octavio Villalpando
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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...
Hadrian
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, german
A little bit of Dog Days which sprouted and grew a life of its own. A worthy successor to The Tin Drum. Thoughts on youth and war in Danzig.
Argos
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
G.Grass'ın ilk romanlarımdan, yer ve kişi isimleri bazen başdöndürüyor, okuma akışımzaman zaman tıkanıyor, tanıtım uazısında belirtildiği gibi bir baş yapıt kesinliklle değil.
Best Tawornwaranon
เปนอีกเลมหนึงทีเรารูสึกวาเราสามารถพูดถึงความวิเศษของมันไดไมหมดไมสิน เหมือนกันกับกลองสังกะสีทีมากอน ทังทีเลมนีมันนอยเรืองและนอยฉากมากกวา คือเกิน 70% ของเรืองเกิดขึนในสถานทีเดียวนันคือซากเรือดำนำทีเดกชายมัลเกเถลิงอำนาจขึนมาเปนผูยิงใหญในหมูเดกชายวัยหาม และเปนทีทีเขาดำหายลงไปโดยไมโผลขึนมาอีกตลอดกาล

เหนือสิงอืนใดเราชอบทีกราสสทำใหเรืองเปนการรำลึกความทรงจำโดยปิเลนซ เพือนคนเดียวของมัลเก คนทีทังหลงใหลทังริษยาทังพิศวงทังรูสึกผิดตอมัลเก ในอีกหลายสิบปีตอมา ความทีเขาเองกไมไดรูจักมัลเกดีและไมมีโอกาสไดรูจักมัลเ
...more
Inita
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grass ir lieliski attēlojis pusaudžu problēmas, to vēlmi iederēties un izcelties, tikt pieņemtam un reizē būt tam, kurš nosaka toni, izmisīgajiem centieniem saprast to, kas esi un pastāvēt par to. Lēni gan lasījās darbs, taču baudīju valodu.
lavinia
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
...more
Begoña
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: This topic has been closed to new comments. combine editions request 12 37 Dec 23, 2013 07:15AM  
  • The German Lesson
  • Group Portrait with Lady
  • The Hothouse
  • Transit
  • The Stechlin
  • Patterns of Childhood
  • Anton Reiser
  • The Glass Bees
  • Green Henry
  • Wellen
  • Joseph and His Brothers
  • Henry von Ofterdingen
  • Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside
  • Simplicissimus
  • Professor Unrat
  • Indian Summer
  • Last World
848 followers
Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. He always identified himself as a Kashubian.

He is best known for his first novel, "The Tin Drum" (1959)
...more

Other books in the series

Die Danziger Trilogie (3 books)
  • The Tin Drum
  • Dog Years
“Suppose you're teaching math. You assume that parallel lines meet at infinity. You'll admit that adds up to something like transcendence.” 3 likes
“Mahlke couldn't joke. He sometimes tried. But everything he did, touched or said, became solemn, significant, monumental;” 3 likes
More quotes…