A Wild Ride Through the Night

A Wild Ride Through the Night

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by Walter Moers
     
 

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A fantastical new comic adventure from the author of the international best–seller, The 131/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear.

In a world between legend and dream, in a time between childhood and adulthood, Walter Moers narrates the exhilarating adventures of 12–year–old Gustave, a boy who aspires to be a great artist. But first, Gustave must pit

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A fantastical new comic adventure from the author of the international best–seller, The 131/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear.

In a world between legend and dream, in a time between childhood and adulthood, Walter Moers narrates the exhilarating adventures of 12–year–old Gustave, a boy who aspires to be a great artist. But first, Gustave must pit himself against giants and a Siamese Twin Tornado. He will also encounter the Most Monstrous of All Monsters, rescue a beautiful damsel from a dragon, traverse a forest swarming with evil spirits, navigate a Galactic Gully, and meet a dream princess, a talking horse, and even his own self. Having made a wager with death for nothing less than his life and soul, Gustave must travel from the earth to the moon and back in a single night. Using drawings from the work of Gustave Doré, the most successful illustrator of the 19th century, Walter Moers has once again created a wondrous, utterly enchanting tale.

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Publishers Weekly

German author Moers has constructed a surreal adventure story inspired by 21 woodcuts by 19th-century French illustrator Gustave Doré, which are interspersed throughout the novel. Readers follow the exploits of a boy named Gustave, the captain of a ship that's destroyed by a storm. After he's blown to high heaven, Gustave meets Death, but instead of going quietly into the arms of the Grim Reaper, Gustave opts to be sent on a quest to complete six impossible tasks. Soon the young adventurer is in the company of naked damsels who hunt dragons, a group of malevolent giants, a crocodile who seduces his prey before he eats them and a huge winged talking pig. Moers infuses his tale with humor and life lessons (the benefits of leading a full life, the necessity of focus and the importance of staying in touch with your imagination). Still, the narrative relies too much on the conceit of plot points being connected through the art, and the material seems like the stuff of children's adventure novels. The illustrations are beautiful, and worth the time to stop and consider. (Sept.)

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Library Journal
Twelve-year-old Gustave longs to be a great artist, but he first must overcome a series of challenges given to him by siblings Death and Dementia. Using artist Gustave Dore's woodcuts as inspiration, Moers (The 13 Lives of Captain Bluebear) constructs a picaresque tale of adventure and magic suitable for most adult and YA fantasy collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585678730
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
390,537
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Moers is the author of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo, A Wild Ride Through the Night, The City of Dreaming Books, and The Alchemaster's Apprentice, all published by Overlook.

John Brown is the award-winning translator of Walter Moers, Michael Ende, and many other German writers.

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