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The Borribles Hardcover – Feb 1978


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  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (Feb 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027267008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027267006
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hall on 30 Nov 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If it weren't for their pointed ears (which you should know are always well-disguised under a woollen hat whenever they're out in public), it would be very difficult to distinguish a Borrible from a normal human child. They're generally "very skinny", "pretty tough looking", and "always scruffy". Sums up this generation perfectly, don't you think? ;-)

Anyhow, the story itself begins when an enemy Rumble is spotted on Borrible territory by two lookouts, Knocker and Lightfoot. The Borrible instantly smell trouble and in no time at all have assembled a crack team of adventurers to assassinate the Rumble High Command. Naturally of course, not all goes according to plan...

From page one, Michael de Larrabeiti's 'The Borribles' is brimming with action and adventure of epic proportions. It isn't perfect, but whether you're young or simply young at heart, there's something here to be enjoyed.

Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Those 'Orrible Borribles 7 Dec 2005
By Christopher Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If it weren't for their pointed ears (which you should know are always well-disguised under a woollen hat whenever they're out in public), it would be very difficult to distinguish a Borrible from a normal human child. They're generally "very skinny", "pretty tough looking", and "always scruffy". Sums up this generation perfectly, don't you think? ;-)

Anyhow, the story itself begins when an enemy Rumble is spotted on Borrible territory by two lookouts, Knocker and Lightfoot. The Borrible instantly smell trouble and in no time at all have assembled a crack team of adventurers to assassinate the Rumble High Command. Naturally of course, not all goes according to plan...

From page one, Michael de Larrabeiti's 'The Borribles' is brimming with action and adventure of epic proportions. It isn't perfect, but whether you're young or simply young at heart, there's something here to be enjoyed.

Highly recommended!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastical, Brilliant and Fun 18 Aug 2000
By megan mcfall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first read the Borribles trilogy when I was about 13 - and haven't stopped thinking about it since. Having been an avid fan (along with my brother whom I caught "secretly" practicing with a catapult in the back garden), it's been amazing to come to London and discover the settings of the stories. I used to block book the trilogy from my local library in Durban - re-reading the stories constantly - totally captured by the imaginative tellings. If ever there was a set of books that deserved to be put back into print - these are they. Please sort this out, publishers???!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Borribles Trilogy: best appreciated by Londoners 22 Dec 1999
By Jalal Habib - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Why isn't this fantastic trilogy available anymore? I was lucky enough to borrow the books from my local library but since then ( about 10 years ago) I haven't been able to find them again! This trilogy is a MUST for anyone who likes urban fantasy and adventure. And if you're acquainted with London, then you have the added bonus of knowing where all the action takes place! If anyone reading this knows how I can get hold of the whole trilogy, don't hesitate to contact me!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Borribles pre- Harry Potter adventure in a realistic London 27 Jan 2001
By Amber Brister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First time I read the Borribles was at my grandmothers' gas station. It was on the rack for young readers. But that was clearly marketing's mistake. It should've been in the adult section for the down and dirty realsitic language, in your face emotional impact and vulgar settings. M.DeLarrabetti provides a quick read in that once you've read 5 pages, you've already absorbed enough information to fill what would take another author 50 pages. DeLarrabetti has the rare talent to have the readers own imagination work as feverently with providing description / details as reading with the eyes. This has been a story that has stuck with me for the last 15 years. I still recall the characters, places and events. From Dallas to New Orleans to Northern Virginia I have been reminded of what I once read. And seen sides of the charachters (namely Charlotte and Orrocco and Knocker) in the people I've met during my life. I've praised / recommendated The Borribles to my friends and gave away my only copy to one on her way to Seattle. That was 7 years ago. Does anyone have a copy they can spare?
For the past year I've heard the heralds of Harry Potter. Harry Potter had to come from somewhere, and the Borribles provides an awfully good prequel to a less magical age of the depths of London and greater Europe. Perhaps Harry Potter's author (name escapes me at the moment) has read The Borribles?
It can definately make you WANT to believe things aren't always as they appear. That's for sure. And who can read this book and not WANT to imagine a life before round ears? What name might you win?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Blast from the past 1 Mar 2003
By "author_of_rhaeva" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book brings back a lot of memories. I read it in my teen years, and it reminds me of one of my English teachers who took the trouble to track down and buy me one of the sequels. That was an act of kindness I never forgot, and why I think teachers are such marvellous people to this day (I had excellent ones.)
The basic premise is of children who run away from home to an underworld/sub-world (yes, it's a kind of urban fantasy). The new arrivals have no name until they can prove they deserve one, and they can earn several. I don't remember the plot, but I know that the tribal/merit-based culture and the way they interacted was really interesting to me, and I'm getting ready to track down a copy for my niece who will soon be of an age to enjoy this one.
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