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The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari
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The Last Dragon (2004)

by Silvana De Mari

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Series: L'ultimo elfo (1)

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"Era lui l'ultimo elfo. [...] Il più grande, il più potente e l'ultimo, quello dopo cui non ci sarà nessun altro."
Ci sono storie per bambini, ragazzi, adulti. E poi ci sono quelle storie senza età, da leggere e rileggere anno dopo anno scoprendo ogni volta qualcosa di nuovo, ma emozionandosi come la prima. Ecco che tipo di libro è L'ultimo elfo.

Ho percorso insieme a Yorsh il suo cammino, che lo ha portato dall'essere un piccolo elfo quasi completamente ignorante del mondo umano, ma con una grande innocenza e un grande amore verso il creato, ad un elfo adulto costretto a fare i conti con la sofferenza più tremenda: la perdita di persone care. Ho riso insieme a lui quando ancora faticava a capire questi uomini "un po' scemi" e correggeva gli errori di grammatica anche nei momenti più impensati, ho provato i suoi stessi sensi di colpa e la sua paura, sofferto insieme a lui dinanzi alla morte di chi l'aveva protetto e amato nonostante fosse un elfo. Ho avuto l'onore di conoscere Erbrow il Vecchio e Erbrow il Giovane, toccare quasi con mano la triste infanzia di Robi, testimoniare la stupidità del Giudice amministratore.
Le risa si sono accompagnate alle lacrime di commozione per questi personaggi così reali, così umani, che nonostante i normali e comprensibili difetti sono anche ricchi di coraggio e solidarietà.
"Per qualche motivo, tutto sommato, lo avrebbe di nuovo voluto neonato. Squittente e catastrofico, e che lo guardasse con occhi adoranti.
Adesso non squittiva e non bruciava, ma come adorazione era senz'altro sullo scarso."

Tutto questo viene espresso così sapientemente tramite l'uso dell'ironia, intrecciato con un pizzico di elementi presi dal mondo reale ma camuffati all'interno di uno splendido mondo inventato. L'insieme viene poi completato da alcuni sprazzi di atmosfera intrisa di azione e tragedia, che nonostante tutto è sempre rischiarata da una scintilla di speranza che non si spegne mai. Ecco perché insisto sul fatto che non è semplicemente un racconto per bambini, ma racchiude in sé tanti concetti importanti che spesso gli adulti dimenticano.
"Pensò che l'importante non sono le cose, ma il senso che noi diamo alle cose. Prima o poi la morte attende tutti. Più importante che rimandare la morte è darle un senso."

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  Shay17 | Mar 30, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this book. The only bad thing I can say about the author is: why haven't you written more books??? ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
This book was cute. It was from the POV of a young elf, and just adorably told. The elf is so naive to the things of the human world, and he stumbles on a dragon and hatches his egg. Much adventure ensues. ( )
  LisaRector | Sep 28, 2017 |
Second attempt to appreciate this story - it was slightly better in audio, as I did actually chuckle and gasp (but not out loud) a few times. Some clever world-building, which I always appreciate. I could never visualize any places though, and since characters were regularly questing the countryside or escaping labyrinthine prisons, this was a big drawback. Also the characters were more superficial than I'd like - I mean, they were pretty much stock role-fillers for the epic fantasy.

My now 16 yo son listened with me and he still loves it. You'll have to judge for yourself. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I don't remember much about it, but I do remember that my now 14 yo son liked it better than I did. I seem to remember it being a little too sweet for somebody who also likes Applegate's Everworld series, Wright's Chaos series, and Meyer's The Host, which were his favorite books at about that time. Honestly, if it's not memorable, I can't rate it higher than 3 stars.

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Silvana De Mariprimary authorall editionscalculated
de Conno, GianniIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whiteside, ShaunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my father, who showed me the way, even if he had lost his
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The rain had been falling for days.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786836369, Hardcover)


When the last dragon and the last elf break the circle, the past and the future will meet, and the sun of a new summer will shine in the sky.

In a world shrouded in darkness and continually lashed by rain, a young elf named Yorsh struggles to survive. His village has been destroyed by the torrential waters, leaving Yorsh suddenly orphaned and alone—the earth’s last elf. But soon Yorsh discovers he is part of a powerful prophecy to save the world from the Dark Age that has begun. First, however, the young elf will have to find another orphaned creature—the world’s last dragon.

Full of great tenderness and humor, this magical journey tells the story of a world plagued by intolerance and wickedness, and the elf and the dragon who will fight for its redemption and bring it back into the light.

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Struggling to survive in a post apocalyptic world after his village is destroyed, Yorsh, the earth's last elf, must embark on a perilous quest to decipher a powerful prophecy and find the last dragon, who holds the key to saving the world from the Dark Age that has begun.… (more)

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