A Wild Ride Through the Night
In a world between legend and dream, in a time between childhood and adulthood, Walter Moers narrates the exhilarating adventures of 12–year–old Gustave, a boy who aspires to be a great artist. But first, Gustave must pit himself against giants and a Siam...more
Very fun, clever fantastical wild ride through a surreal landscape of personifications and ideas. I enjoyed Moers writing very much and am looking forward to reading something else of his, although I have a slight concern that he may pall at greater l ...more
I knew I'd enjoy this going in (cos, c'mon, it's Moers), but I was worried because I knew it didn't include HIS illustrations.
It was stupid of me to worry.
Holy crap, this was fantastic.
It reminds me of when my husband and I were first married and he'd come in to our room to find me half asleep with the lights on and my glasses askew on my face. He'd take my glasses off and turn out the light, but I'd invariably wake up and ask him to sit with me and tell me a story until ...more
When your own dear personal psychopomp aka "dream princess" who is also your late great-great-great grandmother tells you this, you know you're in for a weird adventure. Of course, by the time twelve-year-old Gustave Dore meets his ancestress and hears this observation, he's already been on one for a good bit: captaining his own ship and all but losing it to the "Siamese Twin Tornados", meet ...more
While the other books I've read by Moers really could be described as "children's books for grown-ups," this was a children's book for children. I'll enjoy passing this book on to my kid...about ten years from now.
Intertwined throughout the text are Dore’s illustrations and it ...more
This book was similar in its imagination. What makes this book different is that its fantasy is built upon the actual sketches of mid-19th century artist Gustave Dore. For a while, that little injection of reality caused me to overanalyze all the imagery. But at some point you just gotta accept the plot as it comes. I'm glad Moers did this f ...more
Das klingt alles nach typisch Moers!
Auch wenn es einem als kleines, kindliches Abenteuerbüchlein erscheint, enthält es doch viele unterhaltsame Ansätze über die man s ...more
‘Nonsense, there’s everything in space. They also claim there’s no sound here. If that were so, how could you hear me?’This one’s just a silly old fantasy. No sense analyzing it to death. On the other hand, the department store motif seems to be allegorical... anyone up for an indictment of capitalism??
Gustave was surprised at how good the acoustics were in space. He could hear the sun crackling as it burned, and even distant stars rustled like tissue paper.
— p. 130
Oh, here we go. A really nice ...more
In the wake of the phenomenal successes of Walter Moers's City of Dreaming Books, The 13 Lives of Captain Bluebear, and Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures, Overlook is pleased to offer Moers's fourth book, the tumultuous tale of a little boy who needs to defeat Death through a series of six impossible tasks. Moers bases his utterly delightful story twenty-one woodcuts by the inimitable Gustave Dore, the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century.
In a world between legend and dream, ...more
I picked up this book once I read that Moers wrote the story based upon a series of sketches from a 19th century illustrator, Gustave Dore. It reminded me of the premise for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ...more
Campbell would admire the mythological landscape and hero's journey in any of Moers's books but this one represents a concise vision of a universal human adventure. the boy attempts to complete seemingly impossible tasks set ...more
The novel is a departure from everything else I've read from his catalogue, in that it's more a creative writing exercise than anything else. Essentially, Moers took a series of Gustave Dore woodcuts from various ...more
This is a creative and capturing story by Moers who has become one of my favorites authors through his ability to write a story full of metaphorical messages while still having a charming and easy to read writing style full of humour. Can say with confidence that this is one of my favorite books and one of my favorite authors.
Would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and wonderful read
"Als es dunkel wurde, stach Gustave in See."
Wilde Reise durch die Nacht hat mir wirklich unheimlich gut gefallen. Der Schreibstil ist wirklich schön und Bilder von Gustave Dorè sind wunderbar atmosphärisch und geben dem Buch noch mal ein ganz besonderes Gefühl. Die Charaktere waren originell, Gustaves Traumreise war fantasievoll und spannend und auf seine ganze eigene Art philosophisch. Ich war von der ersten Seite an gefesselt.
Das einzige was ich mir noch gewünscht hätte wäre, dass di ...more
Ich habe zwischendurch auch überlegt, ob mir das Hörbuch in diesem Fall nicht besser gefallen hätte, gerade weil die Bilder da nicht dabei sind. Denn ich hatte zumindest zum Teil Schwierigkeiten, Te ...more
It is not a perfect book tho... The narrative is a little bit too fragmented and the introductions to each tale are not as smooth as one would like normally, but then again, this is based on 12 lithographic pieces by Gustave Doré which are, in its own, illustrations of some other narrative.
The pictures plucked from Dore's many works become the fodder for Moer's imaginary tale of death and dreaming--two of Moer's most relied upon subjects.
Unlike previous Moers books, which are overflowing with hundred upon hundreds of pages, A Wild Ride Through the Night is a very quick read (easily finished in ...more
Don't be fooled by the fact that most book stores misshelve this to children's books. It is a rather bloody story, one which I would not consider to be bedtime material for young children.
The artwork is absolutely amazing and the story that Moers has written around that art is slightly absurd but very charming. This is definitely a fairy tale, just not a fairy tale su ...more