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

av Patrick Ness (Författare)

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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.
Medlem:phofeditz
Titel:A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Författare:Patrick Ness (Författare)
Info:Candlewick (2013), Edition: Illustrated, 224 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Talking trees. No thanks. Pass.

Note to self: This book was mentioned as an example of Unreliable Narrators - 3rd Person in this article:
https://theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/unreliable-narrators-diff... ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Lo leí de un tirón. Es uno de los libros más tristes que leí. También uno de los mas lindos. ( )
  Pindarix | Jul 15, 2021 |
Patrick Ness wrote a novel developed by Siobhan Dowd about a young troubled boy, whose mother is dying of cancer. Using an ancient tree in back of his house as a metaphor, young Conor conquers his imaginary demons enabling him to deal with his grief. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Teen/middlegrade fiction (scary monsters and sad cancer drama; school bullying and the resulting violence of a wronged, angry boy). Rated PG-13; one of the monster's stories involves two characters who 'lay nude together'; mature content involves the mom's terminal illness. This is rather too dark to be my favorite read of the year, but make no bones about it, this book is nothing short of awesome. Jim Kay's black and white illustrations are dark and brooding and edgy, perfectly balancing Patrick Ness' masterful storytelling. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
And yet here was a monster, clear as the clearest night, towering thirty or forty feet above him, breathing heavily in the night air.

"It's only a dream," he said again.

But what is a dream, Conor O'Malley? the monster said, bending down so its face was close to Conor's. Who is to say that it is not everything else that is the dream?


Maybe I can write a review for this, maybe I can't. What matters is that you should read this book right away. Don't wait. Go. Read. Now.

***Original review written 9/11/15. Edited 9/12/15 to add:**
So, I'm going to leave it just like that. Because I don't have anything else to say beyond read this book, because sooner or later you are going to need this or something like it in your life. Do read a physical copy; the illustrations are wonderful and I'm not sure how well they would translate to an e-reader. (I might try it myself because I like to have my whole library in my hand, and if I do I'll let you know. But read a physical copy first.)

Also, this remarkable book was written by [a:Patrick Ness|370361|Patrick Ness|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1244216486p2/370361.jpg] based on an idea by [a:Siobhan Dowd|80760|Siobhan Dowd|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1247239788p2/80760.jpg], who died before she could write it herself. This is from the author's note at the beginning of the book:

I felt--and feel--as if I've been handed a baton, like a particularly fine writer has given me her story and said, "Go. Run with it. Make trouble." So that's what I tried to do. Along the way, I had only a single guideline: to write a book I think Siobhan would have liked. No other criteria could really matter.

And now it's time to hand the baton on to you. Stories don't end with the writers, however many started the race. Here's what Siobhan and I came up with. So go. Run with it.

Make trouble.


I don't know about you, but I am going to read everything this man has written, including this book again. Six stars. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
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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.
tillagd av RBeffa | ändraNew 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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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Ness, Patrickprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Dowd, SiobhanBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Kay, JimIllustratörmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Abarbanell, BettinaÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Furtwängler, MariaBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Iacobaci, GiuseppeÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Isaacs, JasonBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Kay, JamesIllustratörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Kempe, Ylvamedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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