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Brave Story (Novel-Paperback) Paperback – November 17, 2009
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The lead character, Wataru, faces many different kinds of struggles. In addition to combating magical statues and demons, he also faces real psychological and moral dilemmas. Faced with two, complex worlds, Wataru frequently struggles to decide what is right and how he should proceed. It is easy to empathize with characters on both sides of many of this book's conflicts. As such, this complex book really makes you think.
In this book, there are both fantastical elements and real-world elements. This is what makes the book so remarkable. In fact, the first couple hundred pages of this weighty tome (the book itself is over 800 pages long) are set in the real world and deal primarily with Wataru's domestic crises as his family begins to fall apart. The first chunk of the book does have strong, very-important fantasy themes, but these are used largely for the benefit of telling Wataru's domestic story.
And then, once Wataru does enter and remain in the fantasy world, his real-world problems continue to plague him. The fantasy world, Vision, resembles the real world in many important respects.
In the beginning of the book, the fantasy world bleeds into the real world. In the rest of the book, the real world bleeds into the fantasy world.
I'm sure I'm making the book sound too dry. For most of the book, I was on the edge of my seat, racing through pages, seeing and experiencing the adventures Wataru faces. My heart was racing as Wataru barely survived his encounters with demons, magical statues, and the worshipers of the old God.Read more ›
This story struck me as an instant classic. I found it to be deeply moving; at times quite dark, yet also uplifting and inspiring. The characters are quite memorable, and you want to embrace them all. One of the things I found the most thought provoking is that all of the characters-- even the ones that do terrible things and could be considered the villains-- do things for reasons that can be readily understood and even sympathized with. When Wataru's parents talk of divorce, you can see how painful and touchy a subject it is, and why both sides want what they do. Neither side is completely right, neither side is completely wrong. The motivations and approaches of Wataru and Mitsuru are polar opposites, yet you sympatize with both.
This is a moving book, and has a deep undercurrent of complicated emotions. A very enjoyable read that I found very difficult to put down. I am very happy that I bought this book in hardcover, as I look forward to reading it again and again. An instant favorite.
It took me ages to get past the first two hundred pages or so. The reason for this is, well, because it was very slow... you follow Wataru, and you see the world as he sees it. There are no hints to any mishaps or unhappiness in his life. He's a normal kid, with normal issues.
It's when his life falls apart that it hits you... you realize that, like Wataru himself, you've been tricked into thinking everything was safe. You feel his frustration when no one tells him what's going on; you want to punch his dad square in the face for saying the things he says. Essentially, during that slow and uneventful 200 pages, you've BECOME Wataru. And you feel his pain as your own.
After that, you're thrust into a world of magic and wonder. It doesn't take long to see that Vision reflects Wataru's inner turmoil. The depth of this book aside, the characters are remarkable. You love them all, even those who are Wataru's antagonists.
The cover gives this book an air of simplicity, but I assure you, it's not a novel dumbed down for children to read.
For those of you who love fantasy... who enjoyed Harry potter, and Lord of the Rings, and any number of fantastical tales, this book is beautiful. I have yet to finish it, but I'm in no hurry! I want to prolong the adventure for as much as I can, because I know when I'm finished, I'll find myself missing Wataru, Meena, and Kee Keema terribly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't think that a reluctant reader would like this book, as the pacing is a bit slow. However, if you're willing to devote the time to the story, it's pretty good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The length was daunting. Miyabi could have completed Campbell's classic hero's journey in less than epic length.Published 16 months ago by D. Neyland
A good story. Not sure if it was the translation or just the differences in culture, but I felt that it could have trimmed some of the fat in it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dolph Kawalec
Fist, let me say that this book is VERY long-winded! It takes forever to get through, and was kind of a struggle for me to finish. After I finished it, I was glad I stuck with it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by LoboAngel86
This book has the best, most consistent pacing I've seen in a long time. The English language used is perfect in that the idioms and visualizations shine through rather than become... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Steve Rousseau