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Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
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Jun 20, 2010

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bookshelves: lapl, 1001-bymr
Read from June 19 to 20, 2010

Mahlke was an interesting character...and now that I think about it...after reading about Holly Golightly, it's funny, but these two stories are oddly similar. Both characters live in strange personal spaces, collect odd items, are loved and admired for their eccentricities and yet looked down upon for them too, both difficult to classify, yet at some point in the story try to conform to socially acceptable behavior, both loners with their own sense of purpose, and then both vanish by the end of the story because they're running from the law, but neither are really criminals and then they remain legends in the minds of their narrators/sympathizers. Oh, and they both steal. Mahlke was insecure about his adam's apple; Holly tried to run from her past and find a place where she felt at home, away from the "mean reds."

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