Max and the Cats: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 1990 - Brazil - 99 pages
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Cloaked among the leopard skins in his father's Berlin fur shop, young Max Schmidt grows up dreaming of adventure and intrigue. When as a young man an illicit affair gets him denounced to the Nazi secret police, Max barely escapes on a freighter -- only to founder off the coast of South America. Trapped in a dinghy with a hungry jaguar, he believes his days are numbered -- until he washes ashore on the coast of Brazil prepared to begin life anew. But just when he thinks he has left behind the cats of his youth, another appears...and Max realizes the time has come to take his destiny into his own hands. Book jacket.

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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

I read this mainly because it was cited as an inspiration by the author of Life of Pi. It was interesting, but rambled on in various directions without a coherent purpose or plot line. Read full review

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User Review  - ivan.frade - LibraryThing

I discovered this book because of the plagiarism case with Life of Pi. I guess whoever claimed it didn't read beyond the summary of this book. There is a shripweck and a survivor in a boat, but in ... Read full review


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Scliar was born and still lives in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A physician since 1962, Scliar started his career as a writer telling stories about his experiences as a young doctor. He is a prolific writer and has produced more than 10 novels, many of which have won literary prizes. He studied at the Yiddish College in Porto Alegre and went to a Catholic school for his secondary studies. This childhood experience provided the imaginative background for many of his stories. His writing has much of what he called "his Jewishness": "As much as possible I live in peace with my Jewishness. I have extracted from it what it has of the best: fantasy, ethical substance, and above all, humor" (Escrever & Viver). The Centaur in the Garden is a story about a centaur who is Brazilian and Jewish, a fantasy of the half-horse, half-human child who grows into adulthood in search of his identity.

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