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Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl) Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2001
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Grade 6 Up Sophie Hatter reads a great deal and soon realizes that as the eldest of three daughters she is doomed to an uninteresting future. She resigns herself to making a living as a hatter and helping her younger sisters prepare to make their fortunes. But adventure seeks her out in the shop where she sits alone, dreaming over her hats. The wicked Witch of the Waste, angered by "competition" in the area, turns her into a old woman, so she seeks refuge inside the strange moving castle of the wizard Howl. Howl, advertised by his apprentice as an eater of souls, lives a mad, frantic life trying to escape the curse the witch has placed on him, find the perfect girl of his dreams and end the contract he and his fire demon have entered. Sophie, against her best instincts and at first unaware of her own powers, falls in love. So goes this intricate, humorous and puzzling tale of fantasy and adventure which should both challenge and involve readers. Jones has created an engaging set of characters and found a new use for many of the appurtenances of fairy talesseven league boots and invisible cloaks, among others. At times, the action becomes so complex that readers may have to go back to see what actually happened, and at the end so many loose ends have to be tied up at once that it's dizzying. Yet Jones' inventiveness never fails, and her conclusion is infinitely satisfying. Sara Miller, White Plains Public Library, N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Jones has outdone herself in this frolicking, warmhearted fantasy. Thoroughly enjoyable -- a wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance". -- Publishers Weekly
"Wit and humor glint from the pages."-- "The Horn Book""A witty, rollicking fantasy."-- "ALA Booklist"
Top customer reviews
I hope to read more stories like this in the future; inspires to try a little magic in your own life.
It's funny, but it's intelligent and the protagonist isn't the stereotype and yet she's exactly the stereotype. She's a scary mirror in a world filled with magic and scarily accurate people. There's something about this book, that makes me go weak at the knees.
It's a fantasy world but the characters are all too familiar, their fatal flaws are so human and annoyingly understandable that you can't hate them no matter how desperately you want to. Howl makes me love him, he literally forces me to love him and wish that he were real when he's only portrayed as selfish and vain; things that should make me detest him. I mean, seriously, I named my cat after him.
But apart from the fact that I'm seriously in love with Howl and Sophie, I love the plot line and that it's complicated and you don't pick it before it's revealed, but it isn't overdone and it makes sense in the end. And even though you want more when it's over it's because it was a seriously good read, not because there wasn't enough in the novel.
I cannot tell you how many times I have read this novel, and I have to admit, seen the anime based on it. I actually saw the anime first and it was only in a special feature on the dvd that I realised that it had been a book first, and being one of those types of people I instantly needed to read it. And was so wonderfully surprised when the book was a hundred times better than the anime. I feel as if the two works stand side by side, different paths for similar themes and characters. The anime's Howl is much more redeemable than the book's Howl, because Howl isn't quite as flawed in the anime but the imagery that accompanies the story makes the anime a beautiful experience.
Whereas the book is meatier and cleverer, and is a real book. A book that you know was written to be a book, not one of so many that are written these days in the hopes that it will get picked up and made into a movie. It's an old fashioned story, meant to be read and savoured.
Diana Wynne Jones (in the words of my niece) is my fav'rit!
This is a great book. The characters are very interesting, the fantasy world is captivating, and the plot is very well built. When you get to the end, you may find yourself surprised, despite the many clues that the author sprinkles along the way.
Sadly i found out about Diana Wynne Jones only after she passed away, but I have read several of her books since, and will read many more. Happily, she left us much.
If you like Howl (and you will), real also "The Castle in the Clouds" and "The House of Many Ways."
Here's my old review, just to provide context for the comments below:
This review is for the Kindle version only. Howl's Moving Castle is a great book, but something went wrong with the Kindle version, making it barely readable. The line breaks are all wrong. Paragraphs run together, phrases are cut in the middle. There is no separation of chapters. No table of contents. No cover. It looks like an unedited scan or perhaps unedited conversion from a PDF. I hope the publisher can fix it. Meanwhile, i'm returning my order. If they fix it, i will purchase it again.
I recommend you try a sample first before you purchase.
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