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Viimeinen haltia (L'Ultimo Elfo #1)

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Kiehtova fantasiaromaani Italiasta. Kauniin ja jännittävän sadun tunnelmaa keventävät lempeä huumori ja
mieleenpainuvat hahmot. Mustavalkokuvitus.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published 2005 by WSOY (first published April 15th 2004)
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Kimberly Hirsh
When you have too much sadness, the magic drowns in it, like people in water. If you think things hard enough, they become true. But if you have sadness inside, all that comes out of your head is sadness. (p. 35)

Sometimes a book finds you at the right time. That's what happened to me with Silvana de Mari's The Last Dragon. I was in the middle of reading this book when I lost a friend of mine to her own mental illness. It was exactly the book I needed at that time.

Yorshkrunsquarkljolnerstri, "Yor
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Morgan
Sep 21, 2013 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be my favorite book of all time. It's the one that introduced me to the world of fantasy. Full of humor, bravery, love, sorrow, and magic, this book is, in my opinion, well-rounded. I can read it no matter what mood I'm in, and it's always amazing.

I find De Mari's writing style to be, well, brilliant. I especially love the repetition of certain words. The style changes as she narrates each character, making it seem from their view without using first person.

Speaking of characters, De
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Robin
Translated from the Italian -- prose is beautifully done, would love to be able to read the original Italian. A story in two parts. Yorsh (short for Yorshkrunsquarkljolnerstrink) is a little elf, one born lately, alone in a world where elves are persecuted. Indeed, he is the last elf. A young woman and a hunter gradually befriend him, helping him follow his father's last instructions and make his way to the last dragon. They find him in a cave filled with books -- the accumulation of the world's ...more
Mara
Feb 04, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L’ ultimo elfo e’ un bel libro, coinvolgente ed ironico al tempo stesso e con molte chiavi di lettura. Mi e’ molto piaciuta la sua leggerezza; non e’ facile parlare dei fantasmi del ventesimo secolo in un linguaggio fiabesco e leggero. Gli schemi della letteratura per bambini (l’ eroe piccolo e debole ma destinato a grandi imprese, gli orfani maltrattati, la spada nella roccia, i draghi) sono mescolati a temi ben più attuali (i diversi braccati in quanto tali, la paura irrazionale ed alimentata ...more
Lily Pis
Mar 06, 2016 Lily Pis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come non si può adorare il piccolo Yorsh? Ditemelo u.u
Avevo letto anni fa "Gli ultimi incantesimi" e non ricordo onestamente moltissimo però credo che questo sia migliore comunque. É stato bello conoscere finalmente l'ultimo elfo.
Libro molto dolce e divertente ma allo stesso tempo con dei temi delicati.
Davvero bello. Se mi capiterà leggerò anche L'ultimo orco che purtroppo non ho trovato :(
Gabriela Kozhuharova
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Много обичам да чета детски книги, но при условие, че подобно на „Малкият принц“ само носят етикета „детски“, а всъщност са книги за възрастни под прикритие. И наистина, сега като се замисля за любимите си детски книжки от последните години, всички те са или много мрачни/тъжни, или много шантави. Май от собственото ми детство насам не ми се беше случвало да чета истински детска творба, която да е написана специално за малчугани, да звучи приповдигнато като
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Mario Pacchiarotti
È difficile spiegare quanto mi sia piaciuto questo libro, ma ci proverò, farò del mio meglio perché quello che ho dentro venga fuori.

Si può dire che questo sia un libro di genere fantasy, perché ci sono gli elfi e i draghi, anzi per essere precisi, UN elfo e UN drago, gli ultimi delle loro rispettive specie, e in qualche misura c'è qualcosa che assomiglia alla magia. Ma il velo di genere è talmente sottile che quasi non ci si rende conto della sua presenza.

Quello che conta invece sono i persona
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Tanabrus
Effettivamente, ora che l’ho letto, capisco la difficoltà incontrata da Mirtillangela nel recensire un libro di questa autrice.
Perchè non è facile, per niente.

Potrei definirla “una fiaba fantasy”, nel senso che è una fiaba la cui struttura è costruita a somiglianza della classica struttura fantasy: un gruppo che si aggrega quasi per caso, una profezia che spinge a una ricerca. Elfi, draghi, orchi, soldati…
Ma quella del fantasy è solo la forma scelta per raccontare questa storia, e il fulcro real
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Serena
Mar 20, 2013 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Mi sono ripromessa di non rendere questa recensione troppo lunga – anche perchè poi mi toccherà tradurla, ma non prometto niente: non sono sempre coerente, quando si tratta di questo libro – I promised myself not to make this review too long – also because I’ll have to translate it later, but I won’t guarantee it: I’m not always coherent, when it comes to this book)

ENGLISH TRANSLATION AT THE BOTTOM! NOT SPOILER FREE!! ACTUALLY, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!

[ITALIANO]

Se non ricordo male, ho letto questo
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Lote L.
Feb 29, 2016 Lote L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Silvanas grāmatas ir mācība cilvēcībā - no sākuma vienkārši un neuzkrītoši, bet ar katru lapaspusi arvien nopietnāk un smagāk. Šīs ir grāmatas, ar kurām kopā augt, un ir vienalga, vai tu to dari gadiem ilgi vai stundu laikā, raujot cauri viņas brīnumainos stāstus par elfiem, pūķiem un ak, vai, cilvēkiem.

Pēdējais elfs ir vienkāršāka, tāda kā sagatavošanās versija stāstam par cilvēka dabu, kas seko Pēdējā orkā.

Grāmatu lasīt ir viegli un sanāk daudz smieties pat tad, ja notikumi nemaz nav tik smiek
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Ines
Aug 11, 2015 Ines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bambini-kids, fantasy
LIBRO MERAVIGLIOSO E DOLCISSIMO!!! ero un po titubante all'inizio essendo un libro per bambini e invece si e' rivelato essere una perla preziosa adatta a tutti....
una fiaba fantasy ma che fa parte di una saga con altri 3 capitoli.....scrittura che rapisce ma nello stesso tempo semplice e fresca....
il nostro piccolo Yorsch vivrà un'avventura sorprendente... e noi piangeremo, rideremo, avremo ansia leggendo delle sue sorti....
assolutamente lo consiglio a tutti, soprattutto a chi, pur adulto, si
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Vittoria Liant
Jul 21, 2015 Vittoria Liant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-bingo, 1001-ya
Caro Yorsh, ti ho amato da subito, non solo perché eri un elfo piccolo, un bambino, uno nato da poco, ma perché in te dolcezza e candida purezza andavano a braccetto con una simpatia travolgente.
Poi sei cresciuto e ho amato il ragazzo coraggioso che sei diventato.
Davvero questo libro sa come colpire al cuore. Merita sicuramente di diventare un classico della letteratura fantastica(per ragazzi e non!!!!).
Elerwen
Sep 23, 2011 Elerwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
un libro entusiasmante, pieno di emozioni che parte in modo molto semplice diventando però sempre più sorprendente, con una cura maggiore dei personaggi.
Questo libro è una fiaba, un fantasy che tocca anche temi come intolleranza, libertà e altruismo.
Una lettura imperdibile.
Susan
Aug 02, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Dragon by Silvana DeMari is a good pick for the 4-6 grades: Attention elf and dragon lovers! Here is a book for you! Yorsh is a young elf… just a baby really. He is wandering the earth looking for food and shelter. A woman comes to his aide and shares her food with him, even though there are strict laws against harboring elves. The two of them soon find themselves in trouble and are rescued by a hunter. The elf accidentally sees an ancient prophecy written on a wall saying that the last ...more
Frahorus
In una landa desolata, annegata da una pioggia torrenziale, l'ultimo Elfo trascina la propria disperazione per la sua gente. Lo salveranno due umani che nulla sanno dei movimenti degli astri e della storia, però conoscono la misecordia, e salvando lui salveranno il mondo. L'elfo capirà che solo unendosi a esseri diversi da sé - meno magici ma più resistenti alla vita non solo sopravviverà, ma diffonderà sulla Terra la luce della fantasia.
Leggere questo straordinario romanzo tra il fantasy e il f
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Kristy
Apr 17, 2010 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anna [Floanne]
Bellissimo! Ho amato tutto di questa piccola fiaba per ragazzi: la storia, i personaggi, l'ambientazione, le tematiche, lo stile. E' uno dei pochi libri che mi hanno fatto ridere a crepapelle e piangere come una bambina, con la stessa intensità, a volte anche nella stessa pagina. L'avevo preso in prestito dalla biblioteca nutrendo (non so bene per quale motivo) non poco scetticismo. Per Natale me lo regalerò, per metterlo in bella vista sul mio scaffale delle letture magiche - quelle a cui, se p ...more
Antebar
A mio modestissimo parere, libro tremendamente artificioso. Il contrasto tra arguto cinismo e melensaggini è talmente insistente da essermi venuto a noia già a pagina cinque. Ho odiato la prima parte — la glicemia mi è schizzata alle stelle — e trovato più leggibile la seconda metà, per quanto scarna a livello di intreccio e inframezzata da altri teneri drammi costruiti a tavolino.
Mi dispiace perché avevo apprezzato tanto la De Mari nelle opere brevi, ma qui mi è parso di respirare a ogni pagina
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Mirriam Neal
Apr 18, 2014 Mirriam Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly adorable! I enjoyed the first half more than the second half; young Yorsh and his friends kept me in constant laughter.
Fizzy
Jun 29, 2009 Fizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of fantasy that, although cute, it is very touching, and lets the author discuss her feelings about the world. As the Elves move from enslaved to extinct, two humans find the last one. Even though humans are supposed to hate elves, they befriend him, saving his life.

I like how the book is written. It also has a funny but satirical look on the world of humans, which can seem ridiculous sometimes. I recommend it to anyone, kid or adult, because it is cute, funny, and touching. It i
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CartBraz
Great book! Everyone should read if you like fantasy!
Chelsea
Oct 18, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book I recommend over and over and over again. It is exceptional. I loved it so much, I emailed the publisher in Italy to see if she would be writing another book soon, I loved it so much. (Answer: not currently)
It's translated from Italian, so I don't know how much impact the translator has. I do know it is beautifully written, by one or both! :-)
The story itself is wonderful, and that's all from Silvana, so she is definitely one of my fave authors. I hope she writes another
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Crystin Goodwin
Jul 02, 2016 Crystin Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended (and lent) this book to me, and oh my gosh, what a good book. It's everything I love in a fantasy: elves, magic, dragons, romance, legends that change the world ... at least for the ones involved. The story follows Yorsh, a young elf boy, as he navigates a world that hates his race. He meets a few humans who decide to help him, and later meets the last dragon of a peculiar prophecy ...

Seriously, I loved this book. I love the humor from Yorsh trying to understand the human la
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Kyle Bigelow
Mar 26, 2014 Kyle Bigelow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari. It takes you through the life of the last living Elf and his adventure to fulfill his prophecy of finding the last dragon and marrying a human girl so the world can once again be at peace. In the story the land that the elf named Yorsh lives in his ruled over the city of Daligar. For some reason through the book his travels keep on going back to this city. This book takes you through Yorsh’s life the moment he becomes the last elf and is walking th ...more
Claire
I was completely captivated by this wonderful little book.

The beginning is a bit grim, OK straight up grim—
Once the quest starts and the dragon is found the reader is hooked. It slowly dawns on the engaging Yorsh that he truly is the last elf, from an immensely lonely state he finds the last dragon and then the action begins. Tackling themes of racism, courage, friendship and wit, this books has been translated into many languages. Originally Italian. I eagerly await a new title by DiMari.

Brandon Bott
Feb 18, 2016 Brandon Bott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yalit
The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari goes into a whole new fantasy world containing mythical creatures. The book starts out when the little elf Yorsh’s village gets destroyed by a flood leaving him alone and hungry out by himself. Until he meets a woman , hunter, and dog. Through their adventures together Yorsh soon figures out he is part of a powerful prophecy, soon Yorsh will have to save his gracious imaginary world from the fate of the Dark Age. He learns that he’s not alone and that the last ...more
Aaron Jun29094
This book was not that good. I thought it was pretty good until it got to part 2. I really liked how it included the elf's companions that he met and when his companions married each other after they separated and went on their own paths. At part 2 of the book, I really didn't like how there was this HUGE time skip and how Robi and the elf didn't have anything to do with each other. That part was so boring when it just explained how they were doing with their lives. But I kind of liked how their ...more
Rachelle
Jul 18, 2015 Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tracked down and bought this book after a ten year old girl insisted that I needed to read it. It took me a while to find a copy, and it was even longer before I finally got around to reading it. That ten year old is now sixteen. Over the years that we used to talk, she recommended quite a few books that have become some of my favorites.

So, it was no surprise that The Last Dragon is one of the best middle-grade Fantasy books I’ve ever read. My criteria for a middle-grade book, or any book for
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Roberta
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fantasy
Una bellissima favola densa di emozioni che affronta tematiche importantissime con la leggerezza di una piuma.
Devo dire di aver apprezzato molto di più la prima parte. Dopo l'inizio un po' deludente (più per il cambio di ambientazione che per altro) anche la seconda parte mi ha affascinato, ma la prima rimane insuperabile per dolcezza e anche per comicità!
Impinchable BlogLiterario
Siento que tengo que hacer una reseña porque parece que para este libro soy la única lectora de habla hispana! Y la verdad es que lo recomiendo al 100%.
La narrativa es bellísima, tanto en la primera como en la segunda parte del libro, uno se siente crecer con el protagonista.
Mi personaje favorito es Yorsh, el elfo, pero el Yorsh de la primera parte. Ese pequeño inocente, puro, que no conoce su propio poder, ni siquiera se reconoce especial. Me encantan este tipo de personajes. En la segunda part
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About the Book 6 30 Jan 10, 2013 01:56PM  
  • Tornatrás
  • L'età sottile
  • La leggenda di Earthsea
  • Gelsomino en el país de los mentirosos
  • Bille
  • Epifānijas
  • Elianto
  • Hyperversum (Hyperversum, #1)
  • Gli incubi di Hazel
  • Il portale delle tenebre (Le Cronache del Ghiaccio e del Fuoco, #7)
  • L'isola del tempo perso
  • The Pull of the Ocean
  • Blueprint: Blaupause
  • The Dragon of Trelian (Trelian, #1)
  • The Waterstone
  • In nome della madre
  • Dzeja
  • Dvēseļu putenis
Silvana De Mari, medico chirurgo, ha lavorato in Italia e, come volontaria, in Etiopia. Da quando le è venuto il dubbio che i mali dell’anima siano devastanti quanto quelli del corpo, si occupa di psicoterapia. Per Salani ha pubblicato negli Istrici L’ultima stella a destra della luna, La bestia e la bella e L’ultimo Elfo (Premio Andersen 2004), che l’ha consacrata star internazionale della fantas ...more
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