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A Monster Calls (edition 2011)

by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd, Jim Kay (Illustrator)

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Title:A Monster Calls
Authors:Patrick Ness
Other authors:Siobhan Dowd, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Info:Walker (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 216 pages
Collections:Your library, Favorites
Rating:*****
Tags:Patrick Ness, Taal: Engels, Auteur: US, Paranormal, Children/YA, Death/Grief/Loss

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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it is thought-provoking and realistic and well-written and amazing ( )
  Banoczi_Henrietta | Jun 19, 2017 |
A compelling story of loss and change, I love how it could be seen as metaphors, or reality, or some combination. A boy is starting to become a man, and going through a period of change in his life, it's heart-wrenching and wonderful at the same time. ( )
  Pepperwings | Jun 17, 2017 |
Storia molto particolare sul senso di colpa e sul dolore. Scritto molto bene si legge velocemente. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
A beautifully tragic book. It was so sad yet so alluring. The fact that we know whats going to happen from the very beginning and we imagine everything might somehow change the course of the story keeps us on our toes and when reality crashes into us we are drenched with sadness and the importance of being honest to ourself. ( )
  aishwarya123 | Jun 6, 2017 |
A young boy's mother is suffering through cancer and various treatments. The complication of emotions that he experiences manifests itself in the form or a monster who tells the boy stories and waits for the boy to tell his own. The illustrations are magnificent and gorgeous and the story is original and enjoyable. ( )
  niquetteb | May 30, 2017 |
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"... it’s powerful medicine: a story that lodges in your bones and stays there." “A Monster Calls” is a gift from a generous story­teller and a potent piece of art.
added by RBeffa | editNew York Times, Jessica Bruder (Oct 14, 2011)
 
The power of this beautiful and achingly sad story for readers over the age of 12 derives not only from Mr. Ness's capacity to write heart-stopping prose but also from Jim Kay's stunning black-ink illustrations. There are images in these pages so wild and ragged that they feel dragged by their roots from the deepest realms of myth.
 
It's also an extraordinarily beautiful book. Kay's menacing, energetic illustrations and the way they interact with the text, together with the lavish production values, make it a joy just to hold in your hand. If I have one quibble, it is with a line in the introduction where Ness says the point of a story is to "make trouble". It seems to me he has done the opposite here. He's produced something deeply comforting and glowing with – to use a Siobhan Dowd word – solace. The point of art and love is to try to shortchange that grim tax collector, death. Ness, Dowd, Kay and Walker have rifled death's pockets and pulled out a treasure. Death, it seems, is no disqualification.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Patrick Nessprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dowd, SiobhanAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abarbanell, BettinaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
You're only young once, they say, but doesn't it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.
Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love
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For Siobhan (Dowd)
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The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
I never got to meet Siobhan Dowd. (Author's Note)
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You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
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The monster tells tales
that don't behave and Conor
accepts a hard truth.
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Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

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