The Paul street boys - Ferenc Molnár
Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952) was a Hungarian writer, journalist and playwright. Beyond writing several plays, many of which are still popular today, he has become famous all over the world for his youth novel, The Paul Street Boys, one of the most widely-read and popular novels in Hungary. It has been translated to 32 languages, adapted to film 6 times, and is required or recommended reading in the schools of many countries besides Hungary (including Italy, Brazil and Japan).
What is the story?
The Paul Street Boys tells the story of two gangs of children, aged about 10. While the novel is set in the early years of the 1900s, its themes of friendship, conflict, adventure, community, loyalty, betrayal and bullying are timeless.
While reading, we bear witness to the rivalry of the Paul Street Boys and the Redshirts for the ownership of the Grund, a vacant lot serving as an exciting playground. We become acquainted with the important figures of each gang: Boka, Nemecsek, Csónakos, Feri Áts, the Pásztor boys and Hector the dog. We play with marbles together with the boys in the park, lead an expedition into the Botanical Garden, and fight the climactic battle for the Grund – and meanwhile, we can also learn how steam-saws work, what putty is, and why it has to be chewed.