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    Cats are supreme and disdainful creatures so in their judgments of humanity they show no quarterI dont see why an agreeable domestic pet with a happy natural disposition shouldnt be taught to read and write, or indeed why such a little creature couldnt rise to become a scholar and poet Is that so unprecedented a thing I wont go so far as to quote the Thousand and One Nights as the best historical source, and a source full of pragmatic authenticity I will just remind you, my dear fellow, of Cats are supreme and disdainful creatures so in their judgments of humanity they show no quarter I don t see why an agreeable domestic pet with a happy natural disposition shouldn t be taught to read and write, or indeed why such a little creature couldn t rise to become a scholar and poet Is that so unprecedented a thing I won t go so far as to quote the Thousand and One Nights as the best historical source, and a source full of pragmatic authenticity I will just remind you, my dear fellow, of Puss in Boots, a tomcat of great magnanimity, penetrating reason and deep knowledge The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr is so many things simultaneously to a modernist it is modern, to a symbolist it is symbolic, to a psychedelic head it is psychedelia, to a postmodernist it is postmodern and to a magician it is magical realism Cool cats are the much better aesthetes than hot yahoos


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    What a fun book Told in two parts Tomcat Murr Kappellmeister Kreisler s stories this book is funny and intriguing Murr s segments are a staid, city lifeaordinary life of social customs, education, society, rank, etc Murr educates himself by learning to read write He has polish, civility, class..but always the cat in him comes out a fried herring head is too hard to resist, the claws come out at fright and anger, he arches his back There s no getting away from What a fun book Told in two parts Tomcat Murr Kappellmeister Kreisler s stories this book is funny and intriguing Murr s segments are a staid, city lifeaordinary life of social customs, education, society, rank, etc Murr educates himself by learning to read write He has polish, civility, class..but always the cat in him comes out a fried herring head is too hard to resist, the claws come out at fright and anger, he arches his back There s no getting away from one s true nature Kreisler s side of the story has a fairy tale aspect to it with kings, queens, intrigues, sword fights, magic.all set in an idyllic landscape It s exciting and charming The writing technique is jarring Just as one is consumed with one story, it stops in mid sentence and the other s story continues This happens throughout the book..start getting comfortable and the story switches It works well in this book The third book was, unfortunately, never written This book ends abruptly However, in thinking it over, it ends in a good place to leave the imagination to roam Very enjoyable a fun read


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    IntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the Illustrations The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Editor s PostscriptNotes


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    It s always rewarding when you read a book like this two hundred years old and full of references to bourgeois German society and find that it is genuinely funny, that the humour transcends cultural and historical boundaries Here, the characteristics of the pretentious, deluded cat Murr and the intense, anti social composer Kriesler are easily identifiable in any era Murr engages in a sort of bildungsroman, starting off as a precocious kitten fond of half reading classics and amusing It s always rewarding when you read a book like this two hundred years old and full of references to bourgeois German society and find that it is genuinely funny, that the humour transcends cultural and historical boundaries Here, the characteristics of the pretentious, deluded cat Murr and the intense, anti social composer Kriesler are easily identifiable in any era Murr engages in a sort of bildungsroman, starting off as a precocious kitten fond of half reading classics and amusing himself with naughty pranks and passing through marriage, fraternity life and a dabble with high society Kriesler wanders into the banana republic of Sieghartsof only to find himself drawn towards the haunted Princess Hedwiga and her charming friend Julia, and drawn into a gothic mystery featuring mysterious figures in the woods and sinister princes The deliberately haphazard cutting between the stories and the surreal nature of the stories give the novel a distinctive feel a proto magic realism novel The abrupt ending, necessitated by Hoffman s death, leaves the book forever incomplete Still, if you can countenance a lack of narrative closure, there s a lot to enjoy in this witty, inventive work


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    E.T.A Hoffman, the author of this odd, unfinished book, was born in 1776 and died in 1822 Experts in Literature describe The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, of which Part One was first published in 1819 and Part Two was published in 1821, as proto postmodernism because it shares many of the characteristics that define such novels The link below describes those characteristics.http www.writing.com main view_itemI am not a Literature expert of any kind, but I have been reading some E.T.A Hoffman, the author of this odd, unfinished book, was born in 1776 and died in 1822 Experts in Literature describe The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr , of which Part One was first published in 1819 and Part Two was published in 1821, as proto postmodernism because it shares many of the characteristics that define such novels The link below describes those characteristics.http www.writing.com main view_itemI am not a Literature expert of any kind, but I have been reading some of the books which are considered early masterpieces or simply examples of early novels which inspired experimentation and development of the format The Novel you don t have time to read the above link, I ll simply say I feel the Novel format that our generation is comfortable in reading began in the 18th century The invention of the printing press in the middle 1400 s meant the printing of stories The Gutenberg Bible began in the 15th century, but I would not say these books are comfortable to read, speaking as an ordinary person of grocery store aisle tastes However, I must recommend making an effort to read these earlier novels because so many books refer to them, if not steal the basic plots But, again speaking as an ordinary person, I try to pick up Literary Canon versions with lots of notes, which means reading a book published by a respectable publishing company and making sure the editor has a long descriptive foreword prefacing the story I have struggled to read these early novels , so I was happy that the Penguin English translation of Hoffman s book is comfortable to read It is not too far from our own time, so that many details are familiar That said, I was shocked to see the protagonist is a cat.A literate cat Murr tells the story of his birth, youth, education and maturity At the same time, he is clearly a kitty from beginning to end of his autobiography He lives a cat life, and he tries to hide his literacy from his master, Master Abraham He loves eating a nice fish head after digesting one of his owner s books. For the edification of hopeful young tomcats, I cannot neglect to remark that if I wanted to study I would leap at my master s library with my eyes closed , then tug out the book to which I was clinging and peruse it whatever its contents Through this mode of studying, my mind acquired that wide ranging flexibility, that diverse and brilliant wealth of knowledge, which posterity will admire in me Hoffmann, E.T.A 2006 02 23 The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Penguin Classics p 45 Penguin Books Ltd Kindle Edition On his explorations of the roof of the house where he lives, he mets a hottie, a female with a lovely singing voice It is the first duty of an honest biographer to be scrupulous and not on any account to spare himself In all honesty, therefore, paw on heart, I will confess that despite the inexpressible zeal with which I devoted myself to the arts and sciences, yet the thought of lovely Kitty would often rise suddenly before my mind s eye, wholly interrupting my studies Hoffmann, E.T.A 2006 02 23 The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Penguin Classics p 167 Penguin Books Ltd Kindle Edition Murr also falls in with a cat crowd of clubbers Let it suffice to say that for some time I continued to lead a cheerful, merry life on the roof tops of the neighbourhood as a feline fraternity member, in the company of Muzius and other excellent, honest, trustworthy young fellows, white, ginger and tabby Hoffmann, E.T.A 2006 02 23 The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Penguin Classics p 205 Penguin Books Ltd Kindle Edition Murr makes an astonishing friendship with a poodle, and on that account learns poodlish My new friendship had made a deep impression on me, so that as I sat in sun or shade, on the roof or under the stove, I thought of nothing, reflected on nothing, dreamed of nothing, was aware of nothing but poodle, poodle, poodle I thereby gained great insight into the innermost essence of poodlishness which dawned upon me in brilliant colours, Hoffmann, E.T.A 2006 02 23 The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Penguin Classics p 47 Penguin Books Ltd Kindle Edition I adduced several examples from the two languages, drawing the reader s attention to the identical roots of bow wow miaow miaow yap yap snap grrr purr huff huff hissss, and so forth Hoffmann, E.T.A 2006 02 23 The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Penguin Classics p 47 Penguin Books Ltd Kindle Edition The book title is a satire of another book, also an early satire, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, while the content satirizes a type of novel circulating in Germany at the time, Romances One of the confusions for today s readers in determining what an earlier century s book is about is they used the descriptor Romance or Comedy to describe what we would call a Fantasy or Adventure Drama Unfortunately for the General Reader my opinion , Murr s funny autobiography is mixed in with waste paper Murr used to blot his opus, a biography of another person, a human by the name of Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler Murr accidentally sends in the blotting paper to the printer with his own pages, and so his printed book ends up in alternating pages between his own writings and that of the biography of Kreisler.I did not enjoy Kreisler s pages so much Kreisler s life was written in a dull dull dull manner, despite the fact it was a satire of German gothic novels Kreisler fixes organs, and he is a musician His skills permit him access to various classes of society, as well as involvement in various adventures He is of a nervous disposition, a bit of a frail personality but this was a time period when some artists were considered to be of delicate emotional constitutions His acquaintances are aristocrats, some of whom go mad, common folk, religious priests, and merchants Psychology was a new science, lately introduced to European society, and it was interesting to read a book which was one of the first to use psychological terms, not just elements, as part of a gothic story There is a magician Master Abraham, a character in both intermingled pages , a seeress who sees the future, automatons, possible ghosts, attempted murder, etc The aristocrat family is full of the arranging of marriages and other corruptions which were usual at that time and in previous centuries.As befits a novel written for the educated European reader, who were considered elites of these times, there are also tons and tons of literary and cultural references of high culture Art books and theme paintings, especially those of German, French, Latin and some Greek studies, although satirically inserted and used.Many historians think of 1815 as the date when our modern times began, so that places this book on the cusp between medieval world values and the beginning of the industrial ages In my opinion, that makes this book an interesting novel, seeing a bit of the intersection of the two periods of European German idea and philosophical development I also adored Murr However, I did not enjoy reading about Kreisler I thought his sections a chore to read through Other readers have felt exactly the opposite of what I felt If you read this book, let me know which protagonist you liked best


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    Always a fan of E.T.A Hoffmann I was not disappointed by this tale of a self aware cat and his journey through life Though not as compelling as The Tales of Hoffmann there was a lot to recommend this work of Fabulist Satire Though considered his masterpiece, I found the Tales of Hoffmannenjoyable but this is a personal choice and not meant to be read for an objective statement Essentially, it is the story of the self taught cat Tomcat Murr who has written is own autobiography which, Always a fan of E.T.A Hoffmann I was not disappointed by this tale of a self aware cat and his journey through life Though not as compelling as The Tales of Hoffmann there was a lot to recommend this work of Fabulist Satire Though considered his masterpiece, I found the Tales of Hoffmannenjoyable but this is a personal choice and not meant to be read for an objective statement Essentially, it is the story of the self taught cat Tomcat Murr who has written is own autobiography which, because of a printer s error, has caused his story to be spliced with the biography of the composer Johannes Kreisler in some ways Hoffmann s book is almost postmodernin the same way that The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy is almost postmodern So much for postmodernism Murr and Kreisler are polar opposites in temperament and this allows Hoffmann to play with the fantastic, the ridiculous and the sublime at almost the same time Much of the book is concerned with everyday life and the genius of the work comes within the format of observations and reactions to life This satire is one of the most engaging novels of the 19th century Highly Recommend 4 out of 5 stars


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    I am so glad I picked up this book enticed by the cover engraving of the handsome titular cat Murr will make you laugh out loud Highlights were his encounters with Ponto the poodle, especially their first meeting The other story, about the composer Kreisler, was not as immediately accessible but soon pulled me in It s really a pretty amazing technical feat for Hoffman to have pulled together these two stories that are so different in tone in such a way that they re pretty much equally I am so glad I picked up this book enticed by the cover engraving of the handsome titular cat Murr will make you laugh out loud Highlights were his encounters with Ponto the poodle, especially their first meeting The other story, about the composer Kreisler, was not as immediately accessible but soon pulled me in It s really a pretty amazing technical feat for Hoffman to have pulled together these two stories that are so different in tone in such a way that they re pretty much equally enjoyable and, strangely, seem to nest together I didn t end up frustrated that it s an unfinished novel I think that makes itof a fun romp than a polished, tied up story would have been I don t want to give away anythan that I recommend you just dive in and enjoy The introduction notes Hoffman s influence on Pushkin, Gogol, Bulgakov, Mann, Kafka, and others, and traces how Hoffman was influenced by Cervantes and Sterne


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    I ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read a collection of ETA Hoffmann s stories 2 years ago ish So far it is as enjoyable as I had hoped and expected it to be After finishing I must say after the initial novelty of the form, characters and setting wore off, I didn t enjoy this book all that much and it was a struggle to see it through to the end My main criticisms The Kreisler plot is so convoluted and every time it begins to pick up, a Murr chapter breaks the momentum I ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read a collection of ETA Hoffmann s stories 2 years ago ish So far it is as enjoyable as I had hoped and expected it to be After finishing I must say after the initial novelty of the form, characters and setting wore off, I didn t enjoy this book all that much and it was a struggle to see it through to the end My main criticisms The Kreisler plot is so convoluted and every time it begins to pick up, a Murr chapter breaks the momentum Murr s plot and voice didn t do all that much for me either Also, Hoffmann s digressions about music and the arts and constant references to the hot composers and playwrights of his day were prety tiresome The book interests me as a curiosity in that it represents one of the earliest forays into anthropomorphized animal writing for adults I ve ever heard of I have to give it credit for being such a surreal read, as well, although in remaining true to the tendency of dreams to have no clear beginnings, middles, or ends, its conclusion left me prety much to use one of Hoffmann s favorite words vexed


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    Sometimes one good book leads to another, and as Tomcat Murr is referenced in a recent favourite of mine Andrew Crumey s Mobius Dick I thought I d give it a go It s a really nice idea two manuscripts, one a satirical biography of a tortured musician and the other an autobiography of an educated cat, get accidentally spliced together at the printers so that s where Calvino got his idea from into a single book whose narratives constantly interrupt eachother The problem I found, Sometimes one good book leads to another, and as Tomcat Murr is referenced in a recent favourite of mine Andrew Crumey s Mobius Dick I thought I d give it a go It s a really nice idea two manuscripts, one a satirical biography of a tortured musician and the other an autobiography of an educated cat, get accidentally spliced together at the printers so that s where Calvino got his idea from into a single book whose narratives constantly interrupt eachother The problem I found, however, is that the human story, satirising such a distant social mileu, is as dull as most old comedy is see Shakespeare , so I found myself skipping these sections as the book went on The toadishly boastful and self satisfied Murr sections are much better, although as Hoffman never finished the final volume, it too is ultimately unsatisfying An extra half a star for the effort though


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    This was an initially fun read I love the concept of a cat s autobiography spliced with a human Kapellmeister s shuffled biography, which the cat supposedly found in the wastepaper basket and wrote on the back of The cat Murr, as are most cats, is very full of himself and his scholarly, poetical abilities and enjoys namedropping constantly in a hilarious manner The Kapellmeister Kriesler, however, is supposedly a thinly disguised version of the author Hoffman himself, and his story becomes This was an initially fun read I love the concept of a cat s autobiography spliced with a human Kapellmeister s shuffled biography, which the cat supposedly found in the wastepaper basket and wrote on the back of The cat Murr, as are most cats, is very full of himself and his scholarly, poetical abilities and enjoys namedropping constantly in a hilarious manner The Kapellmeister Kriesler, however, is supposedly a thinly disguised version of the author Hoffman himself, and his story becomes convoluted in the second half and ended up being a real chore to get though


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The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr download The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, read online The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, kindle ebook The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr 64423aa74476 It Was E T A Hoffmann Who First Explored Many Of The Themes And Techniques Which Were Later Used By Writers From Dickens To Dostoyevsky, Poe To Kafka, Baudelaire To Marquez His Career Reached A Glorious Climax In The Tomcat Murr, Perhaps The Strangest Novel Of The Nineteenth Century Hoffmann Was A Follower Of Cervantes And Sterne, A Pioneering Magic Realist , Fascinated By Gothic Horror, Extreme Mental States And Supernatural Events Occurring Within Sharply And Sometimes Satirically Rendered Social Settings A Talented Composer And Painter, He Portrayed Himself In The Guise Of Johannes Kreisler The Hypochondriac, Antisocial And Moody But Brilliant Musician In This Astonishing Book, A Vain And Very Bourgeois Tomcat Sets Out To Write His Memoirs, Using A Biography Of Kreisler As A Blotting Pad By A Printer S Error, The Two Lives Get Spliced Together Into A Bizarre Double Narrative A Supreme Example Of Literary Bravado, The Tomcat Murr Is Also Shot Through With The Warmth, Humanity And Almost Uncanny Ability To Captivate His Readers Which Make Hoffmann The Greatest Of German Story Tellers