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La Compagnia del gatto volante

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,094 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Quando Jaz, un normalissimo ragazzo di dodici anni, riceve quell'assurda telefonata nel cuore della notte pensa subito che si tratti di uno scherzo. Figuriamoci, un'azienda che lo cerca perché si presenti, fra tre giorni, a un colloquio di cui lui non sa niente! E che per giunta sostiene che per raggiungerla Jaz non debba fare altro che attraversare il soggiorno di casa su ...more
Hardcover, 597 pages
Published 2007 by Adriano Salani Editore (first published 2002)
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I don’t think I have any book in my collection I have read as many times as The Dream Merchant, even if most of these readings were attempts. My sister bought it for me years back, because of the “better than Harry Potter!” sticker it had on the cover, and she knew I was devouring the books back then. I’m not going to make any claims about whether or not the sticker was telling the truth, but I do feel like it should have read “More confusing than Harry Potter!” because oh dear, this is one conf ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few years since I last read this book. BUT when I did I LOVED it. It left a major impression on the younger, less experienced reader me. It was constantly easy on the ears. That's what I remember loving about it. The writing was clear and the wording never awkward, the scene setting vibrant, and the characters extremely believable. Which is pretty (very, in my experience) rare for a YA book. You could feel that each character was their own individual person and there were stark contr ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be entirely honest, I picked this book up solely because I was going on holiday and it was long and I'm a fast reader. I quickly sank into the book, wrapped up in the world that Hoving has created, and enjoyed it immensely.
Oh yes, it's very confusing, complicated and intensive, and reading it quickly is probably a very bad idea. It's not a quick frolic in a fantasy land, nor does it pretend to be. But if you're willing to apply a little time and dedication, it is thoroughly engaging. The bas
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Savvy YA readers as well as adults
Recommended to Terry by: I read a review
This is not your every day YA novel. The concepts are more complex, for example, than the straight forward Good vs Evil of the Harry Potter novels. The story is about a multinational corporation that is hiring children to help them expand their markets. The children are lured into these sales associate jobs with promises of extraordinary adventure as well as actual income that they can spend in special company showrooms full of remarkable toys, games, and futuristic inventions. Josh, Baz, and Te ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading it solely for the thickness of the spine and the lack of anything else to read. Then, it turned out to be one of the most confusing epics that I've ever come across. I always knew I liked dreams and the concept of them being just as real as the real world. For those of you who basically rated on its muddled inconsistency, I can tell you right now that the author intended it to be this way. Dreams aren't crystal-clear projections of your desires--they're the manifestations of a ...more
Jo Bennie
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h
Joshua Cope is a very ordinary 11 year old boy, not particulary talented, unlike his best friend Baz who is an amazing drummer. He has a dysfunctional but not particularly so family, he lives with his mother Mo and her partner and visits his father at the weekends. His older sister is mildly annoying, as is her boyfriend who is always asking to see Joshua's collection. Which is where what Joshua considers his own talent comes in, he's a good thief. Late at night the phone rings, but none of the ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a complete and utter disappointment. Six-hundred some pages of pointless "adventure", characters that do not evoke any emotion from the reader, and a long, drawn-out history that is impossible to remember. Ultimately, the book has no point whatsoever. The characters are frustrating and aggravating. I dreaded reading it. Not recommended.
I was in a mood for adventure/fantasy read and I accidentally bumped into this book, it was actually a used book and without second thought I grabbed it!

It was indeed an original adventure and a page-turner. *Josh - vision, Teresa-storyteller, Baz-drummer; unusually good combination of abilities for a team and let us not forget the collective dream world of Umaya that made it a good read.

The translated version was comprehensible and it was highly recommended for all ages.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving is about a twelve year old boy named Joshua Cope who is recruited by Gippart International as a salesman (or rather salesboy). Gippart specializes in selling merchandise to people in the dream world, also referred to as umaya. They don't usually enlist twelve year olds but they feel that Josh has a special gift and they need him for an urgent umaya mission; to find the legendary people known as the Tembe.

This book has two modes: I can't-wait-to-read-what-happe
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Libro geniale. Ma veramente geniale. Diverso dal solito, come trama e come idee. Possono 3 ragazzini entrare in quello che � un mondo forgiato da un sogno collettivo? Tutti i sogni degli umani, nei secoli, creano un mondo parallelo, composto da tutti i sogni di tutti, al punto da farne una realt� alternativa ma perfettamente credibile. E in cui il tempo passato � parallelo al tempo presente, basta addormentarsi e si cambia anno, indietro ogni notte di 35 anni. Assolutamente affascinante. Per�... ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dream Merchant is an exciting story following the journey of Joshua Cope and his friends as the embark on an dangerous adventure in dream time.
The book is set in modern times at the beginning but soon goes into the mysterious world of dream time or umaya. Umaya is the place outside real time that is independent from real time and is made out of peoples dreams. This mysterious world is ventured into by Gippart, a large company that goes back in time and sells goods in umaya.
Joshua Cope is j
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Josh Cope, is a dreamer. He can fall asleep when he wants an where he wants.
One night he is getting a call from Gippart, they ask him if he wants to work for them.
Josh is sent into a dreamworld to sell products. But dreams also come with nightmares.
They call it a Umaya.

For some reason Josh and his friends can not come out of the Umaya anymore.

The Dream Merchant, is a book I loved when I was a little child.
Every year when we would go on vacation my mom bought us some books. One of those books wa
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De Gevleugelde Kat was mijn lievelingsboek als kind en heeft daarom een speciaal plekje in mijn hart, maar ik merk pas nu ik het weer lees als volwassene in hoeverre dit boek mij destijds heeft beïnvloed als beginnende lezer. Hovings academische achtergrond schijnt door in haar werk, en de wereld en de personages die zij schept in dit boek zijn complex en gelaagd, iets wat niet in alle kinderboeken het geval is. De Gevleugelde Kat is een echte aanrader, een genot om te lezen, en biedt lezers van ...more
Simon Barton
Excellent fantasy tale about buying and selling from dream worlds. Targeted at Children but still a very enjoyable read for an adult in my opinion. Based around an international company that uses children to enter the dream world and work for them and a new kid is found that they think can open a new market for them in the past. Great imagination and a story line that keeps you intrigued all of the way through.

52 book challenge - Author was born in Holland
Khairah Boukhatem
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, re-read
This was the first book I loved. I't still is. Josh is just an ordinary boy, a talented thief and a great sleeper. One day his phones rings ,luring him into a world mystery, lost twins, umaya and the end of time itself. A epic adventure which leads to being, in my opinion, one of the best and most complex books I have ever read.
Danielle Howe
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a 'children's book' this is very good. Hoving has created an original and brilliant concept with well developed characters, an intricate but gripping story line, and a writing style which is perfect for developing a more mature and sophisticated reading experience for young people.
I would highly recommend it.
Rikke Heimirson
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freaking fantastic.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting fantasy story.
Dec 09, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Don't remember most of it, but I do remember it would bear rereading.
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literally one of my favourite books.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: avventura
L'idea dell'invasione nei sogni e nei ricordi della gente da parte di una società molto antica che arruola ragazzini, mi ha all'inizio incuriosito, ma poi la trama è diventata troppo caotica, secondo me è da leggere con attenzione, non di certo sull'autobus come tocca fare a me!
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all it's great to read a fantasy book, in which the Asian and Black characters are not used as the token Asian and Black characters in fantasy books.
Both Baz and Teresa have important roles in the book and their characters are far more developed than most Asian and Black characters in fantasy books-for this alone I give the book 5 stars-as well developed non-white characters in fantasy books are vastly unrepresented.
Why take the Harry Potter books-which I love, characters such as the P
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
Non so quante volte l'ho iniziato senza riuscire a terminarlo.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you like Harry Potter? Perhaps this should be your next book. It contains the same sort of complete new world as HP, though this is one large book with very small print, and a confusing one at that. Yes, pay close attention. But if you do, you will find a landscape that is beautiful, intricate, and strange. This is the kind of book that I visualize as unfolding over the course of a night, rather than a day, which is extremely unusual and (to me) incredibly appealing. Truly one of the best fan ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book…where do I begin. This is a book you certainly will never forget, for good and bad reasons. Now I gave this book 5 stars, because I think overall it deserves as such. However, there are some aspects of the book where I debated about giving it 4 stars.

Anyway, this is a very great and quite unique story. It started off slow; due to all the world building and explanations. I almost gave up on it. But I kept reading and I’m glad I did. This story was a little off balance. You were super b
Adam Veeser-Johnston
"The Dream Merchant" is a fantasy book by Isabel Hoving. this book is based around a group of teenagers who are sent to find how to travel through time.

The plot is about Joshua who is called upon by a company that he knows nothing about, Gippart International, and is brought in for an interview. Gippart is hiding something from Joshua that has Joshua in a bit of trouble with a person named Gip, and another named Kat and their father, Sipparti.

The main characters are Joshua who is a 13 year old b
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ik vind het boek de gevleugelde kat leuk omdat het een fantasie boek is met monsters, spoken en tijdreizen. Dit kan niet in het echt. Het boek is heel uitgebreid. Als er een nieuw personage komt word er eerst iets over dat personage verteld en dan gaat het boek verder. Je leest ook precies wat de hoofdpersonen doen, hoe ze het doen, wat ze eten enzovoort. Wat ik ook leuk vind van het boek is dat je leest wat Jasje denkt en voelt. Je kunt je dus goed inleven in Jasje. Citaat: “Bors plotselinge v
Nov 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
*Real rating: 1.5 stars*

After having tried to finish this for months, repeatedly borrowing it from the library, I have to give up after reading 5 chapters.

It's a shame, because the idea was not bad, but I just couldn't relate to Josh or any of the characters, really. I thought it would be better than it was, simple as that.

What can I say about the writing? Not bad, but not nearly captivating enough to make me want to continue reading.English is not my native language,but I don't know if I would
The goal of the author seemed to be to keep your attention through sheer confusion. You keep reading just to figure out what on earth is going on and why. There are many stories going on at once and only the most important sees any conclusion. Mild language and one very remote sexual reference was distracting and not needed. I was not impressed with the general expectance of greed and theft, but also gratified that the horrors were not justified. There is always a villain to tag the heels of the ...more
That was a marathon. An epic journey into a world created by dreams to search for a people lost for a thousand years. In terms of creativity, it's a huge world, with a variety of individual characters including a witch whose magic works through soap suds. The interplay of dream and reality and the ability to change a dream to change reality is an interesting idea, especially when skills learnt in dreamtime are put into play in the real world. The other thing which is nice is the focus on friends ...more
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Isabel Hoving was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She began her career as a secondary school teacher, during which time she became very active in the Dutch women's movement.

She eventually gave up her job to study literary theory full-time, and spent some months in Senegal, West Africa for a research project.

Hoving's first book, The Dream Merchant, was published in the Netherlands as The Wing
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“What's supposed to happen, at the end of a quest? Cheers and accolades, Josh knew; people throw their hats in the air, and you glow with pride as they lift you to their shoulders. What else? Medals, speeches and a great feast, and then a ballad about your exploits, and finally, as the fireworks go off overhead, a soft, clean, fresh bed.” 5 likes
“But he wasn't really thinking properly. It was as if the thoughts were chasing each other round and round his head without managing to catch up with each other.” 2 likes
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