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Ensel und Krete. Ein Märchen aus Zamonien

(Zamonien #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,171 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Urlaub mit den Eltern kann so langweilig sein. Die beiden Fhernhachen-Kinder Ensel und Krete erleben das am eigenen Leibe, als sie mit ihren Eltern den zamonischen Großen Wald bereisen. Dabei hatten sie gehofft, dort endlich einmal etwas zu erleben! Und so ziehen sie auf eigene Faust los, um das Abenteuer zu suchen, verlaufen sich jedoch nach kurzer Zeit. Damit nimmt ein r ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 3rd 2002 by Goldmann (first published June 28th 2000)
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Vanessa
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 5-stars
i cant deal with this. this book is basically one big parody / meta commentary on literary techniques and tradition, the concept of the author and pretty much everything i've ever learned about in my studies, as well as being an adorable story, it's GENIUS (and so so hilarious, the biography at the end anyone??)
I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS HAS A LESS THAN 4 STAR AVERAGE RATING ive rarely read a more clever novel in my entire life??
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Christoph
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed it. The world Walter Moers created is just so bizarre you can't help but be enthralled by it. ...more
Weronika Zimna
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-polish
4,5? Even though I've enjoyed this story a lot, it felt a bit flat compared to all the other books by Walter Moers. ...more
Auntie Terror
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
It is a pity that Dirk Bach has died before being able to read all of Moers' Zamonien novels for posterity... ...more
Carla
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Yulia
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Looks like I dropped the ball on reviewing Die Stadt der Verlorenen Bücher back in the day, but Moers is a master of world building and word play, and this one is no exception.
Vero
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Grenzgenial :D
Jean Emmerich
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
A little confusing with the mushrooms, whether it's now a delirial situation or not. ...more
Shira
A book about a myth/fairy tale that Walter Moers translated from the Zamonian language, including half of the biography of Hildegunst von Mythenmetz and his literary technique, the Mythenmetzschen Abschweifung or the digresions of Mythenmetz throughout the main story.

By translated I mean: Created. Moers created it all. Or did the world he placed the story in created it all itself? And wouldn't that then be our world, that had created all of that, after all?

This is a story which not just includes
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Luka Peltzer
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had tried reading some of Moers' work previously, but admittedly I always had a little trouble with his very luxurious way of drifting off into the worldbuilding of "Zamonien", which - to be fair - is extremely creative and funny. I personally tend to prefer novels that are more focused on streamlined plot and characters, however I have to say that I really enjoyed reading it. Being Moers' take on fairytales, "Ensel und Krete" contains many hints, homages and elements from said genre, while st ...more
sparrowcrazy
Much like Hildegunst, Moers sometimes loses himself in the narrative and leans towards the longwinded side.

Or maybe the bizzarenes just looses some of it's appeal after a couple of books? But I think not.. the digressions were funny but also a bit annoying and the overall story seemed to loose it's momentum too often.

It's an interesting idea for sure. Make up an author, pretend to translate his work, make the author arrogant and a bit annoying and blame everything on him.

But whether it's our de
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Hannah
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
If you're new to the wonderful world of Zamonia this book might not be the best place to start you're journey. It might be one of the shorter ones and that could be an argument to start here, but please don't. Not that it isn't good- no it is absolutely fine- yet it is also full on strange Moers mode and for a first time visited this could maybe be a bit to much. Pick another book of his series and if you like it come back and enjoy this rewritten fairy tale, in which we have quiet a lot breaks ...more
Angelina Steffort
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did I mention I love Walter's gift for drawing up weird creatures and making strange animals lovable?!
I read this book after Rumo and before Käptn Blaubär. It didn't turn me off the world of Zamonia.
Some of the book seems to be a little bit of a glossary. But who doesn't love to read details about incredible fantastic creatures, even if it holds back the story progresses.
Walter Mörs is the one author I would love to meet and discuss his worlds with him!
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Jelka
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
The main story was definitely quirky and offered a twist on the 'traditional' Hansel and Gretel fairytale.
However, the inserts by the 'author', although being an interesting concept, quickly became boring and annoying. At times they felt like an unnecessary rant by the real author.
Overall the whole story fell flat and felt rather long despite the book being so short.
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inkingdom
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
*read in german* I really don’t know how anyone is able to write like this? Such a witty, fun and sarcastic take on literature combined with a great twist of the famous fairytale. Moers books continue to amaze and inspire me.
Johannes Maurer
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Imagine the fairy tale Hänsel und Gretel, but way more absurd and whackier than ever AND incredibly funny!
Streit, Ekkehard
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and scary. Starts like a well-known fairy tale, but just wait...
Janet Janet
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good book
Csilla Haag
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just when you thought Walter Moers can't get any weirder... Lots of good ideas, still, something missing that Blaubär and Rumo had in their stories. Right there in the middle with 2,5 stars. ...more
Natalie
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so deliciously FUN and bizarre, I have no words.
Jasmin Schreiber
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Re-read
Sandra
"Ehm.. okay" is what I thought for the most part of this book. I mean, it is Walter Moers, it is set in Zamonia, I expected the odd setting, so that wasn't it. What kind of bothered me in this book was the way the story was told.

The story is a rather familiar one, but with quite a few twists. Still, it's safe to say Ensel & Krete is a Zamonian retelling of Hansel & Gretel. Apparently, this retelling was not interesting enough in its own right, because there were all these passages where the writ
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Rebekka
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hildegunst von Mythenmetz is at it again and he shows his might as a writer in every possible way. The story has elements of the fairytale of Hänsel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm but doesn't have a lot to do with it after all as it is set in the fantastic world of Zamonia. It is a trip to the jungle full of dangers, mysterious life forms and mind tricks. ...more
Seamus
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Interesting to come back to a book after 10 years+ and get so much more is time! Back then it was my first or second German language book which I read from start to finish .... I enjoyed the bit I understood.

It really is an amazing journey through the crazy mind of Walter Moers, as he began to fill out the gaps in his world called Zamonien.

Second best after the tremendous Rumo.
Riikka
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This was so weird book. I liked it, but there was something I didin't quite accept. Captain Bluebear was better than this. I hate those diversions of Mythenmetz, I just wanted to read what's going to happen to Ensel and Krete. ...more
Marcus with a C
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not as good as "Der Schrecksenmeister (Zamonia, #5) but nevertheless very enjoyable. The story of Ensel and Krete did remind me of a famous fairy tale from time to time ..... find out for yourself .... ...more
Michael
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit, 2008
The weakest Moers so far. Too many smart asides by the author and not enough plot. But I'm spoiled by Moers. Everything else that he writes is excellent. ...more
Nico
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
also an interesting idea by moers (and a funny "twist") ...more
Janine
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Since i was a child i liked the style of walter moers
Aphrael
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
I am not finishing this. It's so damn boring, I can't bring myself to pick it up again. ...more
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Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He has refused to be photographed ever since his comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf were published, the latter leading him to be declared persona non grata by the political right in Germany. Walter Moers lives in Hamburg.

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