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The author of the book: Felix Salten
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Edition: Mladost, Zagreb
Date of issue: 1968
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I had been looking forward to reading this for a long time after being blown away Felix Salten's previous book, Bambi. I understood from the Goodreads reviews and the premise that this was not going to be the soul-searing, powerful, sobering read I got from Bambi, so I prepared myself for a pleasant, reassuring little venture to rest my mind in between sections of The Lord of the Rings.
To a certain extent, I got what I expected. The mood of this book is much closer to Disney's actually pretty decent sequel (one of the very rare few to boast of such praise) Bambi 2 than to the original Bambi novel. It's occasionally melancholy, though generally hopeful and optimistic. It had been implied at the end of the first book that Bambi was going to become like his father, an often cold and distant figure who only comes into his children's lives after they had "come of age" and needed to learn the subtler ways of the forest. Here in Bambi's Children, Bambi is a very warm and caring father, taking on a much more present and active role in the rearing of his children besides just "watching from a distance". It's not very realistic for deer behavior, and it conflicts with the tone and message of the first book, but it's reassuring and heart-warming all the same.
The philosophical tone from the previous book is still somewhat present here, and the meaning of Man's role in Nature is thoughtfully discussed. While the heart-stopping "big reveal" at the conclusion of the previous book was much more of a poignant commentary on not only Man's role in Nature but the nature of Life and Death itself, Salten still has some wise things to say about his own species.
There is some "domestic drama" here, something about a misunderstanding between Faline and her stepsister that escalates to some needless spite and grudge-holding more suitable for a human soap opera than a story about a herd of deer. For the love of Pete! You're deer, not The Real Housewives! Get the hell over it and go graze in a meadow or something. I would have enjoyed this book much more if this unnecessary drama had been left out.
All the same, I enjoyed this and I'm happy to have finally gotten my hands on a copy of Bambi's Children. If you're a fan of all things Bambi, philosophical children's books, or just xenofiction/talking animal fantasy in general, definitely give this a read.
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Felix Salten was an Austrian writer. He was born Siegmund Salzmann in Budapest, Hungary. When he was three weeks old, his family moved to Vienna, Austria. Many Jews were immigrating into the city in the late 19th century because Vienna had finally granted full citizenship to Jews in 1867.
When his father went bankrupt, Felix had to quit school and begin working in an insurance agency. He also began submitting poems and book reviews to journals. He became part of the Young Vienna movement (Jung Wien) and soon received work as a full-time art and theater critic in the Vienna press. In 1901 he founded Vienna's first, short-lived literary cabaret. In 1900 he published his first collection of short stories. He was soon publishing, on an average, one book a year, of plays, short stories, novels, travel books, and essay collections. He also wrote for nearly all the major newspapers of Vienna. He wrote film scripts and librettos for operettas. In 1927 he became president of the Austrian P.E.N. club.
His most famous work is Bambi, which he wrote in 1923. It was translated into English in 1928 and became a Book-of-the-Month Club hit. In 1933, he sold the film rights to Sidney Franklin for $1,000, who later transferred the rights to the Walt Disney studios. Disney released its movie based on Bambi in 1942.
Life in Austria became perilous for a prominent Jew in the 1930s. Adolf Hitler had Salten's books banned in 1936. Two years later (1938), after Austria had become part of Germany, Salten moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where he lived until his death.
He was married to the actress Ottilie Metzl, and had two children: Paul and Anna-Katherina. He wrote another book based on the character Bambi, titled Bambi's Children: The Story of a Forest Family, 1939. His stories "Perri" and "The Hound of Florence" inspired the Disney films Perri and The Shaggy Dog.
Salten is considered to be the author of the erotic novel Josephine Mutzenbacher, the fictional autobiography of a Vienna prostitute, which was published in 1906.
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