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Emil and the Detectives (Emil #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,218 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
If Mrs Tischbein had known the amazing adventures her son Emil would have in Berlin, she'd never have let him go.

Unfortunately, when his seven pounds goes missing on the train, Emil is determined to get it back - and when he teams up with the detectives he meets in Berlin, it's just the start of a marvellous money-retrieving adventure . . .

A classic and influential story,
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 5th 2001 (first published 1928)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) No indeed! It's all fun and laughs. I first read it at seven or so and thought it was great.

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Manny
I read this German children's classic while the Greek debt drama of July 2015 was unfolding; I would finish a chapter, go to the Daily Telegraph live blog, catch up on the latest news from Brussels, then return to Emil.

The people reporting on the political story were eager to cast the Germans, particularly the hardline Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, as the villains. I read many pieces about how Schäuble was imposing unreasonable and humiliating conditions on the Greeks, and when one looked
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Miriam
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, phew! I was really worried there for quite a few pages.

So many aspects of the book are highly realistic, Emil's personality and relationship with his mother, and their money worries, that I was afraid that in the end (view spoiler)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Emil und die Detektive = Emil and the delectives, Erich Kästner
Emil and the Detectives (German: Emil und die Detektive) is a 1929 novel for children set mainly in Berlin, by the German writer Erich Kästner and illustrated by Walter Trier. It was Kästner's first major success, the only one of his pre-1945 works to escape Nazi censorship, and remains his best-known work, and has been translated into at least 59 languages. The most unusual aspect of the novel, compared to existing children's litera
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Richard
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a book that I saw and had to buy and read.
It represents a time in my life when I was too busy playing sport or out with mates to read books. I was also lazy and lacked confidence even to read in class but I always liked stories. This was a book that I remember from my youth like, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, Brer Rabbit and a wooden horse who collected money somehow and worked down a pit and went to war. Emil and the Detectives was a story that resonated with me, perhaps as it is about crim
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Manybooks
Please note that Emil's exploits, that the story itself, in its German original, while never a personal favourite, is and will always remain a solid three star read for me (enjoyable, but not spectacular). The above two star rating is simply because the new 2007 translation by W. Martin leaves so very much to be desired (especially for someone like me who likes her translations as close to the original as possible and not updated or altered all that much). My review will thus be in two parts (fi ...more
Manybooks
First published in 1929, Erich Kästner's Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives) especially and brilliantly sparkles and glows with its sense of time and place, with its urban realism, its palpably authentic and genuine representation and description of Berlin (the capital city of the Germany of the Weimar Republic, a lively and throbbing modern metropolis, and not some vague environs set in either a magical present or a distant historical past).

Also and for me personally, reading abou
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Ivonne Rovira
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Manny Rayner
I’ve been wanting to read this book since Disney aired its 1964 film version on television when I was a child myself (late 1960s or early 1970s). But I put it off for literally decades until the excellent Manny Rayner reminded me of the book’s existence. How sorry I am that I didn’t read this delightful little book sooner!

Considering the book was first released in 1929, this tale of a poor boy who loses a large sum, but is aided in its recovery, has aged magnificently. Young Emil Tabletoe takes
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Tukunjil Nayeera
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: german-lit
শৈশবের গলপগুলো বোধহয় পৃথিবীর সবখানেই এক। সব ছেলেমেয়েরই ছোটবেলায় গোয়েনদাগিরি করার শখ চাপে! হোক সেটা বাংলাদেশ কিংবা জারমানি! শিশুসাহিতয পড়লেই বযাপারটা সপষট ধরা পড়ে!

"এমিলের গোয়েনদা দল" গলপের পলটটা খুব সুনদর! লকষমী ছেলে এমিল টিশবাইন কিভাবে মায়ের দেয়া পাউনড হারিয়ে আবার সেটা উদধার করে আর কিভাবে বারলিন শহরের ছেলেপুলেদের খুব বনধু হয়ে যায় সেই গলপ। কিশোর বয়সে সবার সাথে বনধুতব হয়ে যায় খুব সহজে। তা না হলে চেনেনা জানেনা এমন একজনকে সাহাযয করতে গুসতভ এক কথায় রাজি হয়ে যায় কিভাবে?! খুব হমবিতমবি করলেও গুসতভ ছেলেট
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GENERAL THOUGHTS ON EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES (BASED ON THE GERMAN ORIGINAL)

First published in 1929, Erich Kästner's Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives in English translations) especially and brilliantly sparkles and glows with its sense of time and place, with its urban realism, its palpably authentic and genuine representation and description of Berlin (the capital city of the Germany of the Weimar Republic, a lively and throbbing modern metropolis, and not some vague environs set i
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Matt
Sep 14, 2015 marked it as to-be-considered  ·  review of another edition
This is more like a review-by-proxy of Emil and the detectives.

I watched a program on youtube in which Marcel Reich-Ranicki, without doubt the most famous German literary critc of his time, is talking about German authors; this time about Erich Kästner. Of course he also had something to say about "Emil". Born in Poland in 1920 with a Polish father and German mother, the family moved to Berlin in the late 1920s. Here little Marcel learned to read German. Although he sort of liked the usual books
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Erich Kästner (1899 – 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.

A stout pacifist and democrat, he was expelled from the national writers' guild during the Nazi era, with many of his books being burned in public. Today, he is widely regarded as one of Germany's most prolific and beloved children's book author
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“Und die Straßenbahn fuhr. Und sie hielt. Und sie fuhr weiter. Emil las den Namen der schönen breiten Straße. Kaiserallee hieß sie. Er fuhr und wusste nicht, wohin. Im andern Wagen saß ein Dieb. Und vielleicht saßen und standen noch andere Diebe in der Bahn. Niemand kümmerte sich um ihn. Ein fremder Herr hatte ihm zwar einen Fahrschein geschenkt. Doch nun las er schon wieder Zeitung.

Die Stadt war so groß. Und Emil war so klein. Und kein Mensch wollte wissen, warum er kein Geld hatte und warum er nicht wusste, wo er austeigen sollte. Vier Millionen Menschen lebten in Berlin und keener interessierte sich für Emil Tischbein. Niemand will von den Sorgen und Freuden genug zu tun. Und wenn man sagt: 'Das tut mir aber wirklich leid', so meint man meistens gar nichts weiter als: 'Mensch, lass mich bloß in Ruhe!'

Was würde warden? Emil schlukte schwer. Und er fühlte sich sehr, sehr allein.”
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