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[books pdf] Bambi. Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem WaldeAuthor Felix Salten –

The Prince Of The Forest Bambi S Life In The Woods Begins Happily There Are Forest Animals To Play With Friend Hare, The Chattery Squirrel, The Noisy Screech Owl, And Bambi S Twin Cousins, Frail Gobo And Beautiful Faline But Winter Comes, And Bambi Learns That The Woods Hold Danger And Things He Doesn T Understand The First Snowfall Makes Food Hard To Find Bambi S Father, A Handsome Stag, Roams The Forest, But Leaves Bambi And His Mother Alone Then There Is Man He Comes To The Forest With Weapons That Can Wound An Animal He Does Terrible Things To Gobo, To Bambi S Mother, And Even To Bambi But He Can T Keep Bambi From Growing Into A Handsome Stag Himself, And Becomingthe Prince Of The Forest

10 thoughts on “Bambi. Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde

  1. says:

    Bambi is one of Disney s darkest films, but it s lighthearted whimsy compared to the original novel which would require trigger warnings nowadays Thumper is brutally slaughtered as gunshots reverberate throughout the meadow and pools of blood stain the daisies Death is everywhere even in the trees One of the saddest moments occurs when two lone oak leaves ponder the afterlife before tumbling to their demise from bare branches.It s gritty and heartbreaking, yet also heartlifting Exceedingly profound One of the few novels that s lingered with me for nearly a decade No one describes nature better than Felix Salten, and certainly no other animal perspective novel can compare I m reading Watership Down currently and, though it has many strengths, it s making me nostalgic for this novel a true masterpiece Bambi is one of those books, tight and concise, which you can read over and over and always learn something new.

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    Book Review Bambi, a children s young adult book published in 1923 by Felix Salten, is very different than the one we ve seen from Walt Disney Many have seen the cartoon versions, felt sad for the death and know it as a classic growing up book for kids But it s really a whole lot , if you choose to read the original version And for that, it gets 4 of 5 stars for this reader The book is not written as a children s story, i.e for a 4 or 5 year old to look at pictures, read the funny captions and laugh at the adventure of the animals It s a true coming of age story for a deer, told with all the ramifications of life s expectations that eventually occur Bambi has a beautiful relationship with his parents and family He watches his friends play games and grow older He sees courtship and love He learns what it means to be afraid He sees death He learns to be a protector It s a full picture story, meant to show the realities of animals living in the forest It s a stronger story than I d watched in the Disney films, but then again, I waited to read it until I was almost 13 years old.It s a definite must read for kids, but probably not alone until they are at least 10 I don t even think it s a good one to read to your kids much earlier than that you may want them to see the cartoon version first, as I think that has a lot of emotion packed into it but I see the other side of the coin, where it s important to teach reality to them, even at a young age About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators polldaddy poll 9729544

  3. says:

    Read this book some time ago and all the family really enjoyed the story A timeless classic that I needed tissues for when I read to the children Pure nostalgia.

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    How come I have never read this little treasure before now Bambi A life in the Woods is a true classic of children s literature, with passages of great joy and also of deep regret and sorrow exhilarating, but also occasionally savage, and heavy with exquisite prose descriptions of the woods and countryside The writer was evidently a keen naturalist, with an eye for details of flora and fauna throughout the seasons, and also skilled at his craft His name was Felix Salten.Felix Salten was an Austrian writer, born in Hungary in 1869 He was a prolific writer of short stories and novels, often about animals, travel books, and essay collections He was also an Art and literary critic, and wrote articles for nearly all the major newspapers of Vienna But what he is most famous for is his outstanding and memorable novel for children, Bambi, a Life in the Woods, which was first published in German as Bambi Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde in 1923, and translated into English in 1928.In 1942, Walt Disney made the classic animated film Bambi But if your only experience of Bambi so far has been courtesy of Walt Disney, you will find reading this a much broader and deeper experience Bambi s friend, the rabbit Thumper , was an invention, as was Flower the skunk Cute though they are, Felix Salten s countryside is solidly European, with not a skunk or woodchuck in sight In early summer the trees stood still under the blue sky, held their limbs outstretched and received the direct rays of the sun On the shrubs and bushes in the undergrowth, the flowers unfolded their red, white and yellow stars On some the seed pods had begin to appear again They perched innumerable on the fine tips of the branches, tender and firm and resolute, and seemed like small clenched fists Out of the earth came whole troops of flowers like motley stars, so that the soil of the twilit forest floor shone with a silent, ardent, colourful gladness Everything smelled of fresh leaves, of blossom, of moist clods and green woods When morning broke, or when the sun went down, the whole woods resounded with a thousand voices, and from morning till night the bees hummed, the wasps droned, and filled the fragrant stillness with their murmur Opening the book at random it would be easy to find such a passage This extract is from the first chapter, and conveys the experience of a very young fawn, only days old It perfectly conveys the sensations and impressions of early summer Where I am at the moment, I can see clumps of yellow primroses, daisies, and a few grape hyacinths over my shoulder is an abundance of cowslip flowers, their frilly yellow bells dancing among the blades of grass, and along the path, another mass of bluebells If I walk a while, there will be great banks of primroses and celandines The freshly budding trees oaks, birches and sycas are beginning to lighten the world with their light green reflections, some clusters of wood anemones nestling in the grass between, bluebells dotted around, and masses of white wild garlic flowers in a field nearby This is my experience right now The sensations I feel as I look at all the wild bounty surrounding me which I have feebly attempted to describe , is akin to the feelings triggered by reading this book The enchantment of Bambi s world can be conjured up regardless of where we read it There is no need to be far from the city.The story of Bambi is set in a forest, whose location is never specified It was inspired by woods which Felix Salten discovered, when he was on holiday in the Alps Bambi s woodland home feels remote enough from humans to be a haven for wild creatures but only for some of the time There is a darkness in the book, which is at the heart of the story, and its important message They animals are never completely free of the fear of He a strange and incomprehensible being who invades the peace of the forest He has the smell of death an unearthly predator who possesses a third arm , which destroys and kills seemingly irregardless, and at a remote distance.Many children s books about animals portray the natural world as benign and kindly, but the forest here is no such place Death, even violent death, is accepted as part of the natural scheme of things There is great friendship in the forest, but there are many natural enemies too Perhaps Felix Salten s negative view of, in particular, human s relationship with the natural world is not so surprising Bambi was written in 1923, in the aftermath of the First World War, and many Europeans at that time, having witnessed the inhumanity of war, turned towards the idea of a natural world as a haven What distinguishes this book is that although we see and yearn for Bambi s world, we also see that nature is indeed red in tooth and claw, and never so than when He enters the scene.Felix Salten s experiences after writing Bambi must only have confirmed his views of man s inhumanity He was Jewish, and life in Austria became increasingly perilous for a prominent Jew during the 1930s In 1936, Adolf Hitler had Felix Salten s books banned Two years later, after Germany s annexation of Austria, Felix Salten and his wife fled to Zurich, Switzerland, and lived there for the rest of their lives.Essentially Bambi A life in the Woods is a coming of age story, in which we also learn much about the different wild creatures habits It is anthropomorphic, but completely unsentimental The writer John Galsworthy, who wrote the introduction, says Bambi is a delicious book Felix Salten is a poet I do not, as a rule, like the method which places human words in the mouths of dumb creatures, and it is the triumph of this book that, behind the conversation, one feels the real sensations of the creatures who speak Clear and illuminating, and in places very moving, it is a little masterpiece As well as this interesting short introduction, my copy has line drawings, plus a few lovely delicate water colour plates, by Sylvia Green.Bambi A life in the Woods begins when Bambi is born, in a thicket in the woods He is an awkward and innocent young fawn, and his mother has to teach him what it is to be a deer both the joys and the fears Anyone who has ever watched days old lambs gambolling in the fields, will recognise this Now he saw the whole heaven stretching far and wide and he rejoiced without knowing why In the forest he had only seen a stray sunbeam now and then, or the tender, dappled light that played through the branches Suddenly he was standing in the blinding hot sunlight whose boundless power was beaming upon him He stood in the splendid warmth that made him shut his eyes but opened his heart.Bambi was as though bewitched He was completely beside himself with pleasure He was simply wild He leaped into the air, three, four, five times He had to do it He felt a terrible desire to leap and jump He stretched his young limbs joyfully His breath came deeply and easily He drank in the air The sweet smell of the meadow made him so wildly happy that he had to leap into the air Felix Salten seems to gets right inside how it feels to be a particular animal He describes how Bambi learns that deer do not kill other animals or fight over food Bambi learns too, that for deer it is only safe to go to the meadow early in the morning and late in the evening, and that signals such as the rustle of last year s dead leaves will warn them of approaching danger Bambi learns to fear storms, and to enjoy gentle rain He begins to encounter other animals in the meadow, such as a grasshopper, a butterfly, and a hare But he is most excited when he meets his cousins with their mother, Ena They are the lovely doe Faline, and the foolish, delicate young buck, Gobo And he is a little in awe, when two impressive stags with spreading antlers on their heads come crashing out of the forest Bambi s mother tells him quietly that one of these proud and grand stags is his father.As he grows older, Bambi learns about the sounds and smells of the forest He is confused that sometimes his mother goes off by herself, and he goes calling, in search of her But as he stands at the edge of a clearing Bambi suddenly felt as if he were rooted to the ground and could not move view spoiler On the edge of the clearing, by a tall hazel bush, a creature was standing Bambi had never seen such a creature before At the same time the air brought him such a scent as he had never smelled in his life It was a strange smell, heavy and acrid It excited him to the point of madness A kind of dread emanated from that face, a cold terror That face had a tremendous power over him It was tremendously painful to look at that face, and yet Bambi stood starting fixedly at it hide spoiler

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    This is not Disney This book was incredible The description was so real, the language not dumbed down for kids Yes, the animals talked, but it wasn t cutesy, silly talking It was Watership Down kind of talking I read this to my five and a half year old daughter I m trying to give her the original versions of all of the stories before she sees the Disney versions When the first scary thing happened, I worried that I d made a horrible mistake But, although she was upset, she put it all into perspective very quickly I loved watching her build a connection with the characters At one point she said something like, The words seem so real How wonderful to watch my daughter s love of reading and storytelling develop Update I ve thought about this book overnight and now I ve got a few things I wanted to add Like another reviewer mentioned, the conversation between two leaves at the end of fall was masterful There are so many issues of life and death and of God and of domestication I was thinking about this book in the context of Salten s life as a Jew in Austria before the second World War Apparently, he was born in Budapest in 1869 and moved to Vienna when he was just a baby because in 1867, Jews got full citizenship in Vienna This book was published in 1926, and I m just starting to think about the messages in the book in the context of what was going on in Europe at the time There are just so many layers of understanding No wonder I found this book so satisfying.

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    What a jewel this little book is I did read it very many years ago but had forgotten just how wonderful and sensitive Felix Saltern s writing is I have watched the delightful and popular movie many times with my children and then with my grandchildren but I had forgotten how different the book is, There is no Thumper or Flower for example Felix Saltern clearly feels deeply for nature and animals Although in the book the animals talk which is not to everyone s taste, the story manages somehow to capture the inner feelings of the creatures.It is in many ways such a gentle book, full of wisdom, yet there is violence too Even this is handled in a sensible way Bambi of course is the main character and through him the ifs and buts of growing up is explored He is nurtured by his Mother She protects him and teaches him about the great dangers that the deer must face His Father, the great Prince of the forest takes over his care later in the book He experiences love, joy and fun as a youngster but also has to face tragedy too He learns about the seasons and how to survive and grows through problems he initially doesn t understand and finds hard to overcome The greatest danger to the creatures is He in other words Man This book can be read by all ages but older children will be able to read it for themselves It is also a good book to read to younger children too but there are other editions for the much younger children with lots of pictures which would be perhaps a better choice than this particular edition It is a book about wisdom, love, courage, discernment whilst learning the lessons of life I found it to be a delightful experience to read this book again after so many years,

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    The book, Bambi, is slightly different than its Disney counterpart I know, big surprise There are still many similarities and in general the two versions track The book begins with the birth of Bambi and his all important first relationship with his gentle, loving mother, his childhood friendship with Faline and his early learning about Him who is never named but we know to be man or men, specifically hunters with their third arm In time Bambi becomes aware of the old stag who continues to appear during critical moments in the young buck s life One day the true identity of this pivotal mentor is revealed to Bambi My description below gives away part of the ending, so if you want to be surprised, don t read on But do read the book I need to re watch the movie to see if this scene is included and how it was handled Spoiler Alert One day upon hearing three shots fired in the woods, the old stag, Bambi s father, leads his son to the scene of the shooting, the very last place Bambi wants to go There at his feet Bambi sees Him , or as he now knows, just an ordinary man, the victim of a shooting The dialogue between the two deer is illustrative of a revelation and is as follows Do you see Bambi, the old stag went on, do you see how He s lying there dead like one of us Listen Bambi He isn t all powerful as they say Everything that lives and grows doesn t come from Him He isn t above us He s just the same as we are He has the same fears, the same needs, and suffers in the same way He can be killed like us, and then he lies helpless on the ground like all the rest of us, as you see Him now There was a silence Do you understand me Bambi asked the old stag I think so Bambi said in a whisper Then speak, the old stag commanded Bambi was inspired, and said trembling, There is Another who is over us all, over us and over Him Now I can go, said the old stag Bambi is a classic which I pray will never go out of style or print, not because I m necessarily advocating one way or another on the issues of guns or hunting, but because it s a story with the important reminder that there is One greater than all of us men and beasts and He cares very much for all His creatures, great and small.

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    He was very nice to me And I like him so much He s so wonderful and green Can it be true, said the first leaf, can it really be true, that others come to take our places when we re gone and after them still others, and and It is really true, whispered the second leaf We can t even begin to imagine it, it s beyond our powers It makes me very sad, added the first lead.They were silent for a while Then the first leaf said quietly to herself, Why must we fall The second lead asked, What happens to us when we have fallen We sink down What is under us The first leaf answers, I don t know, some say one thing, some another, but nobody knows The second lead asked, Do we feel anything, do we know anything about ourselves when we re down there The first leaf answered, Who knows Not one of all those down there has ever come back to tell us about it They were silent again Then the first leaf said tenderly to the other, Don t worry so much about it, you re trembling That s nothing, the second leaf answered, I tremble at the least thing now I don t feel so sure of my hold as I used to She was silent, but went on after a little while, Which of us will go first There s still plenty of time to worry about that, the other lead assured her Let s remember how beautiful it was, how wonderful, when the sun came out and shone so warmly that we thought we d burst with life Do you remember And the morning dew, and the mild and splendid nights No, really, the first lead exclaimed eagerly, believe me, you re as lovely as the day you were born Here and there may be a little yellow spot but it s hardly noticeable and only makes you handsomer, believe me Thanks, whispered the second leaf, quite touched I don t believe you, not altogether, but I thank you because you re so kind, you ve always been so kind to me I m just beginning to understand how kind you are.

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    I m really not completely sure how I feel about this book now that I ve finished it On one hand, it is well written and there are scenes that illustrate the beauty and innocence of nature so vividly that one is able to picture them even without the wonderful illustrations of this particular version Yet, there is also much of this book that deals with the violent and grisly destruction that humans bring to the wildlife of the forest.How this became regarded as a children s story, I m not really sure The scenes of death throughout the book are graphic and horrifying and there is a true feeling of absolute terror at times that is truly palpable To me, this book is being aimed directly at those who choose to kill and destroy for the pure thrill and feeling of power that they derive from it and is an attempt to illustrate the destruction that these kind of actions provoke It s done through very powerful imagery and makes one very uncomfortable at times.Why Disney decided to make this into a mostly feel good story, I m not sure, but those unsuspecting children who decided to read the book that one of their favorite films was based upon were surely exposed to quite a shocking experience.I didn t hate it, but I can t really say that I enjoyed it all that much either.

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    Most of my generation, when they think of Bambi, think of the sentimental Disney movie But the original book was a serious work Its one of a kind conception and spectacular writing have earned it classic status as the story of a young deer growing to adulthood in his woodland home Salten s writing is compelling, and scenes from the story will stay in the mind long after reading, to be often recalled and savored This Bambi lives a grim and dangerous life, his world filled with blood and fear and most of his troubles emanate from the dreaded Man.Bambi s response to his pitiless world is to emulate his distant father, exiling himself from the company of others even Faline, his mate In abandoning these relationships, he chooses a solitary life in which he accepts loneliness his own and Faline s as the price of his safety.There is a clear sense that Bambi s coming of age is defined by no longer needing to rely on others His relationship with his father begins when the old stag rebukes him for calling his mother Your mother has no time for you Can t you stay by yourself Later in life, his father befriends him and teaches him to move through the forest so that he is never seen The relationship ends when his father leaves him to die alone Bambi then passes on the heritage of solitude by rebuking two fawns for crying after their mother.In contrast to this message of isolationism, the Bible teaches that a solitary existence falls short of God s plan Genesis 2 18 Rather than affirming interdependence as a sign of weakness, Scripture teaches that people are meant to live in community Ecclesiastes 4 12 1 Corinthians 12 12 and Hebrews 10 24 25 Rather than becoming stronger when we withdraw from others, being alone actually makes us vulnerable to attack.The romantic appeal of Bambi s self chosen exile has an especial attraction in our individualistic culture Adults will need to use discernment about when a child is ready for this book The reader ought to be mature enough to critically engage Salten s perspective without being drawn into his isolationist impulse Since the message is embedded in a masterfully written story, parents should be cautious about introducing it too early, but at the right time it ought to provide excellent material for discussion.