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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd (edition 2013)

by Patrick Ness (Author), Jim Kay (Illustrator)

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Title:A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Authors:Patrick Ness (Author)
Other authors:Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2013), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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El estilo es sencillo, pero muy hermoso. Está formado por capítulos cortos y frases breves. Los diálogos son más bien breves, pero muy intensos y plagados de belleza. A pesar de no ser una obra muy larga, Patrick Ness explota todos y cada uno de los recursos que tiene a su alcance. Desborda ingenio, ofreciendo una novela única, original y diferente..

https://alibreria.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/critica-a-un-monstruo-viene-a-verme-de-patrick-ness/ ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
Siete minutos después de la medianoche, Conor despierta y se encuentra un monstruo en la ventana. Pero no es el monstruo que él esperaba, el de su pesadilla, esa que tiene casi todas las noches desde que su madre empezó el tratamiento, la de la oscuridad y el viento y los gritos... Este monstruo es algo diferente, antiguo... Y quiere lo más peligroso de todo: quiere la verdad.
Patrick Ness hila esta historia a partir de una idea original de Siobhan Dowd, quien no pudo escribirla debido a su prematura muerte a causa del cáncer.

Recuerdo empezar el libro una noche, en mis cada vez menos habituales cinco minutos de lectura antes de dormir, y no poder soltarlo hasta llegar al final. Y es que creedme: sus doscientas páginas se os van a hacer cortísimas.

Las historias del monstruo que durante tres noches acompañan al protagonista, la relación de Conor con su madre, o con el resto de su familia, su única amiga del colegio, los chicos que le acosan… van tejiendo este absorbente relato en el que, a medida que vas viendo por dónde irán los tiros, lo hace Conor, y junto a él tendrás que aprender que no todos los cambios son para bien.

Está catalogado como juvenil, pero no se puede recomendar esta lectura a la ligera: habla especialmente sobre cómo afrontar la pérdida de un ser querido, y aunque oculto tras un velo de tintes fantásticos, la crudeza de la vida misma asoma tras cada página. Una lectura totalmente recomendable; eso sí, tened preparado el paquete de pañuelos. ( )
  Carla_Plumed | Dec 3, 2018 |
Connor is an adolescent boy who begins being visited by a monster. He says he is not afraid, because he has seen something he’s much more afraid of. The monster ends up guiding Connor through dealing with his mother’s rapidly declining health.The death of a parent is a huge blow to anybody, but especially for a child who still depends on said parent. This book explores the adjustments physically and mentally that a child has to make when a parent is sick and dying. ( )
  JennySkvarna | Nov 30, 2018 |
The story of a teen facing his own inner demons while facing his mothers deadly disease, Cancer. Connor (the teen) creates an imaginary monster that represents his anguish for the situation. As the story continues we learn that the monster is not there to pose fear to Connor but to lead him to acceptance with the situation and ultimately let his mother go.
  pitaaortiz | Nov 26, 2018 |
This was a quick read. Finished it in only a few hours. I really enjoyed it start to finish and I found myself stopping to really admire the artwork. Very well done.

This follows a boy and his sick mother as he struggles with coming to terms with her illness. One night he is visited by a monster that will tell him three stories on three nights. Then, he must tell his.

Not at all what i expected and that's just what you want when reading, isn't it? ( )
  BingeReader87 | Nov 17, 2018 |
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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
Ness, Patrickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowd, Siobhanmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abarbanell, BettinaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Furtwängler, MariaSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isaacs, JasonReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JamesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempe, Ylvasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krebs, BrunoTraductionsecondary 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
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The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
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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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