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Max and Maurice

Wilhelm Busch

Book Overview: 

This highly inventive, blackly humorous tale, told entirely in rhymed couplets, was written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch. It is among the early works of Busch, nevertheless it already features many substantial, effectually aesthetic and formal regularities, procedures and basic patterns of Busch's later works.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .="width: 410px;"> Heart-sick (you may well suppose),
For the carving-knife she goes;
Cuts the bodies from the bough,
Hanging cold and lifeless now
And in silence, bathed in tears,
Through her house-door disappears.
This was the bad boys' first trick,
But the second follows quick.


TRICK SECOND. When the worthy Widow Tibbets
(Whom the cut below exhibits)
Had recovered, on the morrow,
From the dreadful shock of sorrow,
She (as soon as grief would let her
Think) began to think 'twere better
Just to take the dead, the dear ones
(Who in life were walking here once),
And in a still noonday hour
Them, well roasted, to devour.
True, it did seem almost wicked,
When they lay so bare and naked,
Picked, and singed before the blaze,—
They that once in happier days,
In the yard or garden . . . Read More

Community Reviews

أقدر افهم ان النهايات المتوحشه هُنا لم تكن شيئاً مذكوراً وقت نشرها.
لكن كشخص كان يؤمن بأن دخول الفريزر سيحولك لآيسكريم - حتى التصق مره لساني بسقف الفريزير وعرفت معنى الألم واليأس -
وأنه بإمكان الشخص أن يغسل نفسه من القذاره مع ملابسه مرة واحده عندما يدخل غسالة الملابس - حتى اكتشفت الندبة الكبيرة جداً

Wilhelm Busch's Max und Moritz (not only an enduring and popular children's literature classic that is still in current print in Germany after more than 150 years, but is also considered amongst the forerunners of the comic book and thus of course the graphic novel), presents with rollicking rhyming

A gruesome cautionary tale of two brothers who misbehave in 7 tricks they are pulling off. Although I admired the rhymes and how they flow nicely. I found the story cringing at times because of animal cruelty. There for it gets 3 points for the drawings and rhymes, not for the story on some parts.


Please note this is a review of an uncorrected proof. I'm a big fan of fairy tales, lullabies, myths, legends.. ok you get the point. I am even more drawn to the creepy and obscure ones like the true Grimm Tales. Seeing the synopsis for this one immediately intrigued me. I visited Germany and adored

In this charming and wittily written German children's classic, we meet Max and Moritz, a pair of appalling boys who, it soon becomes clear, the world would be much better off without. The pair indeed get their just desserts in the last chapter, when they are efficiently ground up by the miller and

Ach, was muss man oft von bösen
Kindern hören oder lesen!
So beginnt diese Geschichte
von Max und Moritz: Bösewichte.
Daraus ein Drama sich entspinnt,
ein Augenschmaus für jedes Kind.

Ach, was waren das für Zeiten
als ich las die Herrlichkeiten:
Die Geschichten von Herrn Busch
und die Bilder, die er schuf.

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