Sculpture of the Boys of the Pál Street

Sculpture of the Boys of the Pál Street

Sculpture of the Boys of the Pál Street
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  • Roberts69
    Northampton, United Kingdom17,856 contributions
    An interesting sculpture with a 'story' behind it.
    We came across this interesting sculpture by chance when walking to dinner one evening. It's a very nicely done piece of street sculpture depicting the 'einstand', a bullying scene from the youth novel “The Paul Street Boys” written by the Hungarian author Ferenc Molnar in 1906. A very popular piece of literature in Hungary where it is considered as a 'classic', and it is also one of the most famous Hungarian novels outside of the country. The novel is about schoolboys in the Józsefváros neighbourhood of Budapest and set in 1889.
    Written April 16, 2022
  • Marco_Polo499
    Milan, Italy271 contributions
    Andate a vedere il bel monumento ai ragazzi della Via Pal !
    Milioni di ragazzi hanno letto e amato il romanzo "I Ragazzi della Via Pal" di Ferenc Molnár. Quasi tutti pensano che Via Pál sia un'invenzione letteraria, ed invece esiste veramente, assieme a Via Práter dove, al N. 11, si trova la scuola che veniva frequentata dai ragazzi. La città di Budapest ha onorato il ricordo di Molnár – famoso in Ungheria e negli Stati Uniti come drammaturgo - facendo fondere in bronzo le statue in grandezza naturale di 5 dei ragazzi che furono protagonisti del romanzo; le statue sono state posate sul marciapiede di fronte alla scuola. Come nelle prime pagine del racconto, i due fratelli Pasztor (appartenenti alla banda rivale dei ragazzi di Via Pál) stanno in piedi accanto alla porta della scuola, ed osservano con atteggiamento scanzonato i più piccoli (fra cui il “pulcino” del gruppo, Nemecsek) che giocano a biglie un po' più in là, in un angolo dell'edificio; le cartelle con i libri di scuola sono abbandonate per terra, accanto a loro. La scena è vivissima, le rappresentazioni scultoree di un verismo eccezionale, l'ambientazione sul marciapiede scenograficamente straordinaria. Questa visita è imperdibile per chiunque abbia letto il libro. Il posto è quasi nel centro di Pest, proprio accanto alla stazione "Corvin negyed" della linea metropolitana N. 3, cioé a sole tre fermate di distanza da Deák Tér. Uscendo dalla stazione si imbocca la via "József körut" e, dopo soli 50 metri, si trovano Via Práter sulla destra e Via Pál sulla sinistra. Le statue sono di fronte al civico N. 11 di Via Prater. Vi renderete anche conto della grande civiltà degli abitanti di Budapest, che non hanno né imbrattato né deturpato questi segni di cultura, malgrado che essi siano piazzati proprio nel bel mezzo di un marciapiede.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2012
  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia107,916 contributions
    Sculpture of the Boys of the Pál Street
    Памятник открыт в 2007 году и посвящён 100-летию произведения Ференца Молнара «Мальчишки с улица Пала». Правда памятник находится на другой улице.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2022
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evrimonal
Dalyan, Türkiye9 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
I have read Paul Street Boys when I was at 6th grade. It was a really moving experience to re-read the book while walking the streets the boys played on. The monument, a little hard to find, is the treasure to top it all. I just put my bag next to theirs and took a moment to watch the game. Just before the Pastor brothers came to "einstand" their pellets.
Written May 16, 2016
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Traveltheorient
San Antonio, TX522 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Unless you grew up in Hungary and read this childhood classic, it is very difficult to appreciate and understand the significance of this attraction. But if you read the book (I don't think it has been translated into any other languages) it is an absolute must to see and experience. - Supposedly this is the area where the fictional story took place...
Written August 27, 2015
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia17,141 contributions
Feb 2020
On first approach, this collection of sculptures, looks very different than the norm, a group of boys, (bronze statues) playing marbles. On further investigation it is representing a scene from a novel, “The Paul Street Boys” written by the Hungarian author Ferenc Molnar, within the scene there is a group playing marbles and two boys (Bullies) from another group looking on in a menacing manner.
Written April 16, 2020
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
The sculpture group depicts a scene from Ferenc Molnár's eternal novel, Pál Street Boys. You see, they just came from school because the bags are lying next to them. Two of the teams play genuinely with the marbles, but the third keeps his eyes on the two distant ones. They seem to not care about the others, but they are secretly watching them with jealousy.
As you look at the sculptures, you suddenly want to stand between them and take part in the game.
Written May 24, 2019
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Gary H
Budapest, Hungary266 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This masterful piece of Hungarian literature by the highly acclaimed Hungarian author Ferenc Molnar,released in 1906, is a must read.Molnar was just not a writer but a poet,dramatist,playwright and stage director,which still today his legacy is thought to be that of Hungary's most celebrated playwright.My reading of " A Pal utcai fiuk" - The Paul Street Boys, rekindled in me similarities when I first read William Goldings novel - Lord of the Flies. The underlining need by the boys associated with the theme of these (2) two novels was to "govern themselves" to acheive the outcome they saw as there property/patch and for there survival. In the "gloaming" years of my earthly life, the read of this book, re-kindled within me,childhood memories of "territorial" district boyhood street gangs that did exist in the lower socio-economis suburb/district that I was born and raised in Melbourne,Australia.The sculptures, life like in there quality of work, are a must visit, but to truely under-stand what there message is, the read of the novel even of its authors background is my opinion of recomendation.
Written April 18, 2019
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JDL
Copenhagen, Denmark28 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
It was an early morning visit to avoid the crowds. It's larger than life depiction of young boys who are playful and full of life. Meritorious creation.

The place can easily be found around a residential block in Budapest.
Written June 3, 2013
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johndbolton
Erkelenz, Germany9 contributions
A famous book , a theme revisited. The lives of a group of street urchins as a microcosm of modern politics. Very Hungarian. Impressive bronzes and easy to reach. Worth a visit.
Written June 2, 2013
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,420 contributions
Nov 2019
Budapest has many sculptures dotted around the city and this one we came across by pure accident whilst passing time on our final morning. You can see the pleasure of the boys playing their game. A great sculpture.
Written November 23, 2019
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Mr No
Australia5,938 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Hidden in a back street are a set of quirky sculptures paying homage to a Hungarian author's story of a group of young lads. Beautifully done and i guess its more relevant if you've read the book. Worth a photo opportunity though
Written May 14, 2019
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Jovana L
Budapest, Hungary5 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
I am a big fan of the "Paul Street Boys" book , as it defined a big part of my childhood, so this was a very special day for me. I visited the original "Grund" on the corner of the Mária and Pál street where the boys used to play, went to the botanical gardens, but this monument might be my favorite stop. Beautiful book, beautiful way to honor the childhood heros of so many children.
Written July 7, 2018
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