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A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness

Other authors: Siobhan Dowd (Contributor), Jim Kay (Illustrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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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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Beautiful and sad and just really amazing. Warning, huge ugly cry inside these pages. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
I knew the story though this is my first reading of this book, but I doubt it will be my last. Technically classed as a book for children, it’s one all of us need to read. Almost all of us will be in young Conor’s position at some point — losing someone we love from an illness. We’ll experience emotions we hate ourselves for, and perhaps, don’t even understand. This book deals with all that and more. It also teaches forgiveness, especially for oneself, and that emotions don’t always surface in the best or most obvious ways. Children may lose some of the nuance depending on age but, if they don’t take to it, I’d recommend trying again as they grow older. Indeed, the older one is, the more this might tear the reader apart. It may well devastate adults more, as we understand the pain in these pages too well. I’d have to place this among the best books ever written, and it’ll break your heart. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jul 17, 2023 |
No, you're crying! ( )
  samalots | Jun 19, 2023 |
Splendido e dolorosissimo.
La parabola esemplare di Conor, vittima del peggior mostro che un ragazzino debba trovarsi ad affrontare. I due autori riescono a trovare le parole per raccontare l'indescrivibile, con precisione e delicatezza, anche grazie all'aiuto di alcune spiazzanti allegorie che conferiscono a tutta la vicenda universalità e profondità.

Perfette le illustrazioni in bianco e nero di Jim Kay.

Ottima anche la trasposizione cinematografica di Juan Antonio Bayona (Sette minuti dopo la mezzanotte, tit. orig. A Monster Calls).

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  Demistocle | May 19, 2023 |
I have never cried as much about a book as I did with this one. It was a quick read, a book that pulled you in and didn't want to let go. I had avoided reading it for a while, because I knew it was going to be tough, and I knew it was going to be emotional, until finally I couldn't put it off any longer.

When I finally did start to read it, I read most of it in a single afternoon, and when I reached the end, I closed the book and sobbed. This is an absolute must read for anyone, teen or adult, who has ever been through the struggle of processing grief, or trying to resist acknowledging that something inevitable is really happening. This book is real and raw and emotionally powerful. This is one book I will not forget reading. ( )
  kerribrary | Mar 5, 2023 |
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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.

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Patrick Nessprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dowd, SiobhanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abarbanell, BettinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Furtwängler, MariaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isaacs, JasonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JamesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempe, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krebs, BrunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szabó, T. Annasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed



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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
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)
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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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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The monster tells tales
that don't behave and Conor
accepts a hard truth.

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