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Varjak Paw Paperback – May 10, 2005
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Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is one of the most well-constructed books I've read in a while. The writing is smooth and elegant, yet the adventure never lets up. Adult and young-adult readers will find much to enjoy -- and learn from -- in this exciting and wise tale.
What I would love now? For Pixar Productions, the makers of 'Finding Nemo', to make "Varjak" into a fabulous film.
This bizarre book - ostensibly for children - follows the adventure of a cat trying to save his family from being turned into clockwork toys. As Varjak brushes up on his martial arts, he also encounters a ragged group of friends (including CLUDGE the dog). Beautifully illustrated, with a simple (but weird) story that's a combination of Neil Gaiman and Watership Down.
When Varjak escapes to the Outside world (from his sheltered, protected upbringing) to find a Dog to scare off the Man with the Black Shoes who has killed his grandfather, he meets Holly - a streetwise, scruffy cat who educates him to the rules of the Gangs and the strange occurrings of the Vanishings.
Whilst all this is happening in the 'real' world, in his dreamlife, Varjak meanwhile is being taught the seven secrets by his legendary ancestor. During these moments we disappear into orange Mesopotamia where Varjak learns to hunt, become 'aware' and 'shadow-walk'.
The book is illustrated by Dave McKean - and this collaboration works wonderfully. Not only are his drawings and interpretations beautiful and striking, but Said's writing at times feels directly descended from the simplicity of the verbal narrative of graphic novels. Thus McKean's drawings are not mere accompaniments to a text, but the story might feel lacking without them.
This is a new and exciting world, and accomplished in its apparent simplicity. But I assure you there is nothing simple about this book: you will be thinking about the story for days, and if you are anything like me, will re-read it immediately and compulsively.
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Our 8 and 11-year-old daughters loved it. Not as great for adults, but still a good family read.Published 1 month ago by L. Lacher
I got this book when I was 8-10 year old and I'm 20 now and still revisit this book every now and again. The illustrations are beautiful and the writing holds something special. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Simonne
I always loved this book. I am proud to be one of its readers. It's perfect for people who love to read a story about how even being claimed different, you can always make a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tony
I have bought so many copies of this book that I should get royalties! I love this book as does everyone I give it to. A book for people of all ages!Published 23 months ago by Barbara R. Jensen