Max and the Cats
ISBN: 0452284538 Global Overview for this book
39 journalers for this copy...
So consider this an extension of this book Max and the Cats - BCID xxx-1426083, with a new number in case the old copy shows up (which it has)
I was going to send this out as an RABCK, but I haven't heard back from the person I PMed. Hence, I am going to make this my first ever bookray. Check back here for a list of future recipients. :-) The bookray will be international, but of course if you only want to ship to someone in your country or continent, I can accomodate that too.
- blaisezabini12 Cluj-napoca, Romania
- asterw Greece
- deadendmind Pendeli, Greece
- MollyGrue USA
- fizzfred USA
- garnetfairy USA
- sqdancer Canada
- cantreadenuff Woodbine, Maryland, USA
- Catsalive Rooty Hill, NSW, Australia
- Goodthinkingmax Sydney, Oz
- Cathyinoz Warrandyte, Victoria, Oz
- Cackleberry and Jawin Brisbane, Australia
- bookworm-BNE Brisbane, Oz
- Aleonblue Brisbane, Oz.
- Sherlockfan Wellington, NZ
- Boreal Dunedin, NZ
- Jehanine Manchester, UK
- KarenBC Reid Lake, BC, Canada
- Angelfirestar Verdon, Nebraska, USA, shipping US only
- Satnam Wilton, New Hampshire,USA, shipping?
- Glade1 McLeansville, NC, US, prefers shipping in US.
- Mustytomes Chicago, USA, shipping anywhere
- Genielady Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, US, will ship anywhere
- juliebarreto Kamuela, Hawaii, USA, will ship overseas.
- Ber-untung Singapore. Will ship internationally.
- Cat207 Newcastle, New South Wales Australia. Will ship international.
- Nice -cup-of-tea Zurich, Switzerland, will ship anywhere.
- Marko167 Basel, Switzerland
- Panzeranzi Göteborg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
- Stormon Storfors, Värmlands län, Sweden
- Alvhyttan Nora, Örebro län, Sweden
- Brandane60 Bourdeaux, France, will ship international, prefers in France
- platypussj Colchester, UK, willing to ship anywhere
- Hughganought special guest reader: the amazing Hugh a BC newbie, Aylesbury, UK.
- Veganknitter another special guest reader, veganknitter is a good friend from the Manchester bookcrossing group!
- Catflap London, Cambridgeshire(?) ok shipping overseas. <-- en route here! :-)
- anyone in the US, Caribbean or Canada interested?
- blackteiwaz Costa Rica, willing to ship anywhere
- Celeritas2 Christchurch, NZ, will ship NZ/Oz
- VeganMedusa Dobson, New Zealand. Prefers to ship within Pacific but anywhere if necessary
- Please PM jmcbeth if the list is completed so she can do some recruiting...
The forum article about this book is here.
Non-responding or skipped bookray participants: please contact me to update me on whether you still wish to participate - PMs don't seem to be getting through
- Atkinson Seoul, Korea. You are still welcome Atkinson, if you are interested let me know.
- Hellie UK, will ship anywhere
- JeSuisBelle Phillippines, will ship anywhere (preferably near or in Asia) [this user is on the deadbeat bookcrossers list, until they get off that list through demonstrated good behaviour, they will not be on this bookray again]
Where Max and the Cats has travelled so far!!
create your own visited countries map
Will start reading it after I finish "The secret life of bees" (another ray:))
20 may 05: started reading the book today. Will add some more comments in the evening:) (now I am at a laboratory)
20 may 05 (evening): It was a fast read and I can see why people say that Life of Pi has "borrowed" a part from this book.
I was really sorry for Max at the end of the book - the way in which paranoia took over his life. I liked the historical background, the way in which we are reminded that not all the Germans were Nazis and that you shouldn't discriminate against people.
I would have enjoyed the book even more if a bigger part of it had been devoted to the shipwreck and the time that Max spent with the jaguar:)
21 may 05: asterw has pmed the address and I am going to put the book in the mail box at the beginning of the next week (monday or tuesday)
26 may: only today did I manage to send the book. Hope it gets soon in Athens. Enjoy!
I'll be finishing "Life of Pi" today and start "Max and the cats" tomorrow the latest. (I hope I don't suffer from "overdose"!)
As soon as I finish reading it, I'll pass it on to deadendmind.
1 June 05: I read it within a day. A small book which covers the story of Max, a German whose life changes several times because of the Nazis. A part of the book does remind Life of Pi. I quite enjoyed reading the book.
Thank you jmcbeth for organizing the bookray!
I'll give it to deadendmind next time we meet (don't you worry, I'm sure it won't be too late ;o) )
June 15th: I just finished it! A very bittersweet little book, with an extremely interesting lead character.
The similarities with Life of Pi are apparent in the chapter The Jaguar in the Dinghy.
It was also very interesting because I know nothing about how Brazil was in the 30s.
Will PM MollyGrue for her address right away!
June 21st: Sent the book out today. It took me some time because I was a bit busy last week, but now the book is on its way to find MollyGrue!
The ray continues...
Reserved for the next reader.
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Sent to Fizzfred. Happy reading!
This was waiting for me when I got home from visiting ancientmoth for the week.
Will mail as soon as I get sqdancer's address. Have PMed for it.
"The eyes, although made of glass, were perfect. In a certain slant of light, they would glint with a fierce brightness, a brightness that Max had never seen in the eyes of the tigers in the zoo, but then, those animals were old, resigned to captivity."
Have PM'd Hellie for mailing address...
(and yes, I did sneak this one in ahead of another book!)
I will have to read "The Life of Pi" now, just to compare.
Off to goodthinkingmax next. Posted 27/10/5.
I read Life of Pi just a few weeks ago and the similarity is apparent from the back cover. I will read Max sometime during the next week.
Off to cathyin oz as soon as I have her details. Thanks jmcbeth for starting this ray.
This book has an oddly removed feeling about it -- distance between the character and the reader which is not usual in modern literature. This did not alienate me from the main character, I'm just wondering if it was due to translation or if the author meant it to feel like that.
Thanks for the chance to read this book, its one I'll be thinking over for a few days.
I have cackleberry's addy and will post on Monday.
Hope you enjoy it!
Looking for a strong tale of adventure, courage and imagination? Then give this one a miss.
It actually starts out as an interesting concept: a young German man, Max, is learning things about himself, his beliefs and so on. It is the 1930s and Max is forced to flee Germany because of a glancing involvement with a mean Nazi. (He was having an affair with Mrs Nazi and they got caught out.) He travels on a ship headed for Brazil, along with some seedy characters and a hold-full of zoo animals. The ship is scuttled by the captain and the zoo owner for the insurance. Max is stranded in a lifeboat with a few supplies and a jaguar.
The thesis of the jaguar and the boy alone in a lifeboat has so much potential. However, the author fails to connect and make the characters or the book interesting and engaging to me.
I felt the same way about Life of Pi, the Booker Prize winner by Yann Martel. Martel admitted that he took the general premise (kid in boat with exotic cat) for his book from Max and the Cats. Despite all the hype about that, I would include it without question in my ‘Ten Worst Books of All Time’ list.
Perhaps I'm not as "deep" as some others who have read these books and experienced a life changing epiphany.
I could not suspend disbelief enough to feel at all involved with Max and the Cats. How did the cat survive the sinking in a box that sank minutes after it was opened? How would either Max or the cat survive without water? What happened to the cat – was it real or an allegory of some sort?
Um... lest I sound too disparaging let me say that – unlike Life of Pi - I did enjoy reading Max and the Cats ... it is well written... just, ultimately, what am I left with in terms of meaning? I don't know, and I'm not sure there is anything here to know.
Chook scanned the third chapter cover art so, to avoid domestic disharmony, I've added it in. I quite liked the drawings actually.
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And thank you cackles for the lovely bookmark :) :) it's a bit like that ;)
If I can still find it after the move ;) I will bring it along for aleonblue on Sunday.
I noticed in the blurb on the author that he has written 62 books (at the time that this book was published), so I'll have to keep a look out for more of his books, particularly if they give more of an insight into the Brazilian people and culture.
Thanks to jmcbeth for sharing this book, which I probably would never have come across otherwise.
I'll post this off the New Zealand as soon as I get an address, and the book can continue on its journey around the world.
Just as soon as I finish a psycho-type whodunnit by Francis Fyfield I'll get right onto this one. Then I'll go back and read the journal entries. Wonderful to get a book with so many journal items.
Then I'll send it to Boreal when I am sending her others for the BCNZ convention coming up shortly - won't get this mixed up though.
Posting off to Boreal today, 10th January.
I had completely forgotten about this ring, but I will get it read as time allows.
Ohh, I have just realized, I will be able to use this for the 5 countries, 5 continents challenge also, as the author is from Brazil.
I enjoyed the book in a way but found the language strangely stilted, probably the result of the translation,it would have been much better in its original form I am quite sure. I loved the Life of Pi, it is one of my all time favourites, but other than the large cat in the lifeboat, don't see any other similarities between the books.
This first photo shows all the participants on the steps of Dunedin's St Pauls Cathedral just before we began our release walk.
On Sunday our farewell brunch was held in a converted church called St Lees. Here is Max with Meganh and her husband Leith in the background.
Hope you have enjoyed the mini visit to our convention.
I have Jehanine's address and will post it to her this afternoon.
But then I'm a little biased, partly because I despised Life of Pi so much. This is partly because passages were copied verbatim from one of my childhood favourites, 'Survive the Savage Sea', and also because I thought the ethos - that one has a choice between religious sentimentality or Darwinian brutalism - was infantile and limiting. Yes Martel expanded, but really badly!!! But enough about Life of Poo. Max stands on its own, and I hope that time will do it justice over its more famous and facile rival. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this - it's off to Canada next.
...finished reading it and will mail it on to Angelfirestar early this week.
I'm not sure what I thought of this book. It seemed choppy, jumping so fast to the next happening that it didn't seem to expand enough on any of the happenings. Still I'm glad I read it.
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Not sure when this was sent but it has been sent to Satnam. Sorry again for the delay.
I am mailing this to Glade1 today.
I'm glad I read this, though, as it was interesting to see how one author can take the ideas of another and move in a different direction. Were there problems with accusations of plagiarism in this case?
I have PMed jmcbeth for advice because this poor little book has fallen into pieces and I'm not sure how best to try to repair it. I have also PMed the next person for an address so I can move the book along as soon as it is repaired. Thanks, jmcbeth, for sharing it. I would never have even known it existed if not for Bookcrossing!
And you did a great patch-up job glade1, it looks like it'll hold together for a little while longer.
After reading Max I feel like I have a greater insight into Pi - and I can see where the allegations of plagiarism came from. The plot of the shipwreck portion of Max - most of which is in the second chapter, "The Jaguar in the Dinghy" - is eerily similar to Pi. However, as I understand it Yann Martel never denied that he idea-mined Max, so its technically not plagiarism. Thus its more germane to discuss whether Pi is derivative of Max, and I don't think it is. It explores some similar ideas, but with completely different characters and twists. Particularly, Martel explores concepts of religion and truth that Scliar doesn't touch upon - but Scliar of course explores sanity and facism which Martel studiously ignores.
Something I'd like to point out in the chapter titles in Max - which may or may not be deliberate: While the "Jaguar in the Dinghy" and the "Onca on the Hilltop" may not be the same specific creature, jaguars and oncas are the same animal. Panthera onca is the scientific name for jaguar. If this was done deliberately by Scliar, it certainly raises questions concerning the interconnectedness of starvation, madness, and facism.
Max is on his way to Genielady ~ Dropped in the mail 08/13/06.
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Off to Hawaii - enjoy!
9/30/06 - Very quick and enjoyable read. There were elements of "The Life of Pi" scenario, but hardly enough for a plagiarism lawsuit. The Nazi theme was very distinct and made the book unique and different. I liked the opaque style of the narrative - mostly description, with very little inner thought development of the oddball main character. Max is an example of someone who lives there life without really choosing to do so; life is something that just happened to him, without conscious choice or introspection.
This is off to Singapore; Atkinson asked to be skipped.
CAUGHT IN SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
On to nice-cup-of-tea in Switzerland.
I loved this book, I thought it was beautifully written and I found the mix of fantasy / reality worked really well together. The small details were just perfect - ie the way that Max cuts his hand on glass set against the backdrop of the Nazis coming to power really predicted / heightened "Kristallnacht".
THanks for sharing, I have pmed marko67 and will post asap
I found the book quite strange, the style was very much like that of a fairy tale, a ‘Once upon a time’ at the beginning or a ‘They lived happily ever after’ to wrap it up wouldn’t have broken with any of the style. I wondered for a while whether this was in fact a children’s book but some of the adventures of the protagonist would definitely not be the kind that would appear in a kid’s story.
It would be impossible to not see the similarity between this story and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, but anyone wanting a similar tale will be disappointed. There was none of the insight and deeper thought in this short tale and whilst Martel may have read this tale before he certainly took the idea and ran with it to create his masterpiece.
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Off it flies to Sweden.
I loved Life of Pi and I can see how Yann Martell has been inspired - but the two novels are completely different from each other. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book that has traveled more than Max and his cats...
Looking forward to read this little book, but it has to wait because I have several bookring books here now (it will be read and sent on to the next participant within a month).
I think the quote in the beginning of the book say a lot:
“Me, afraid? The tiger fears no one… The invisible tiger. My soul.”
Francisco Macias Ngueme, Deposed dictator of Equatorial Guinea
Of course I can see the similarities of this book and “Life of Pi”. If Yann Matel took the idea to his book from this book, he definitely made a different book out of the idea. “Life of Pi” is a wonderful book in its way, but I think I like this book even a bit more, because it said so much to me about trying to escape things, in not too many words.
Thanks a lot to jmcbeth for sending this book out on a bookray, I am really glad I got to read it!
I don’t’ think I had found it if it hadn’t been for BookCrossing.
I got brandane60's address and will mail this book today, 4th of March.
The book is a bit worn and taped, but I think it can be read by many more.
What a marvellous collection of journal entries - I can't wait to sink my teeth into this!
As for Life of Pi - Max & The Cats does seem to have been a source of inspiration but the stories as a whole are quite different and I was affected by each book in a totally different way.
I hope to get this book moving by the end of the week.
Joyce McBeth *suggested* I read this book after I mentioned how much I liked Life of Pi: apart from the obvious, this is a quite different read. Enjoyable, but all too brief. I would have enjoyed still it more if Moacyr Sciliar brought out another theme from within the story. There are important coincidences in Max's life, if I heard this tale presented as documentary I would wonder if he was paranoid, perhaps even psychotic. I feel something was missed by not exploring this doubt in the readers mind, as to whether the events are a fiction of the author making, or the character.
Lurking in the pages of this satisfying tale is an intense meaty psychological novel, fit for a Freudian jaguar!
Thank you jmcbeth and hughganought - I'm looking forward to reading this.
I put off reading this for a bit because of the alleged similarity to The Life of Pi; a book I hate with a vengence.
Of course it was much better than that dreadful tome, particularly as it actually has a point (anti fascism), doesn't have the bloated and boring narrative of the Booker Prizewinner and isn't pumped up full of it's own importance.
And it cannot be doubted that Yann Martel nicked his central premise from The Jaguar in the Dinghy chapter.
Thanks for the chance to discover this neglected gem, jmcbeth!
Off to the next person in the ray now, Catflap.
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Sending to catflap - next in relay
Sorry to all those who had multiple copies, i have no idea why.
I would just like to say that this loverly book was posted on to singapore last thursday (27/7/07) before i moved house. i wish it a safe and happy journey.
a good book which i unusually managed to read in one sitting at the first night of this years proms (in the albert hall in the gallery) so either the book was really good or the music not that gripping. Husband said he enjoyed the music so it must have bben a good book.
This book has been well read in is travels and is now starting to show the miles will parcel it up with the love and care it needs. pming the next on the list, which as US and Canada are not in the list will be blackteiwaz. thank you jmcbeth for this wonderful book.