Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl) Mass Market Paperback – 26 May 2007
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"Jones has outdone herself in this frolicking, warmhearted fantasy. Thoroughly enjoyable -- a wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance". -- Publishers Weekly
"Wit and humor glint from the pages."-- "The Horn Book""A witty, rollicking fantasy."-- "ALA Booklist"
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In which a witch bewitched the hatter's daughter -- and then some. . . .
Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did -- especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often.
As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father's hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery.
Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for. . . .See all Product Description
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The story follows the tale of Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three sisters, who unfortunately lives in a world where fairytale traits are the laws of physics. For that reason, despite being attractive, intelligent and talented, the eldest child is destined to come to nothing. While her younger sisters go out doing their own thing, Sophie is forced to make hats in their late father's hat shop. However, it turns out that she has a remarkable talent with magic as well as a needle as she speaks life into the hats, giving them personalities so that good things will come to the wearer of the hat. This is how Sophie attracts unwanted attention from the jealous Witch of the Waste, thinking her a rival witch, and turns her into an old woman to punish her.Read more ›
I have no hesitation in saying that this is my favourite book of all time. I fell in love with the magic and the mystery the book conjures up. I was sucked into the world of Ingary and every visit I made I never wanted to leave! I have been waiting eagerly for years for this book to be made into a film. Forget Harry Potter, this is the fantasy story that deserves a cinematic showing.
I know the characters so well they almost feel like family! Sophie with her defiant attitude and ambition (despite a spell that's turned her into a 90-year-old crone!) and Howl with his womanising and three-hour long bathroom stints, hmmm reminds me of a few men I know!
With a door that can open to four different towns Howls Moving Castle is a fantasy masterpiece that everyone must read. If you're a lover of all things weird and wonderful this book will knock your seven league boots off!
While very similar they differ greatly and it's obvious studio Ghibli changed quite a lot of it. The main character is a young woman named Sophie Hatter who lives a rather unfufilling living making hats in a small shop in the land of Ingary. Her life becomes infinitely more interesting when one day the Wicked Witch of the Wastes appears in her shop and transforms the young woman into an old crone. Not wanting her family to see her like this Sophie runs (well, hobbles) off eventually ending up in a place no one would think to look for her, the castle of the evil Wizard Howl that roams the countryside.
The ideas in this book felt really original in so many ways and are supported by some surprisingly humorous moments, some of which are pretty subtle. The characters are great, especially Sophie once she becomes a bossy old woman really made me smile. Despite being a book for young adults I found it well suited for people of all ages really and had a good time reading it. I did however I must admit, enjoy the film more, (rare that is the case) if only because I found the pace of the book pretty slow, there are stretches where little really seems to be happening but it all ties together nicely in the end.
If you're a fan of the film or just want a creative story that's a little bit different then you certainly can't go wrong with Howl's moving Castle.
+ Very original.
+ Great cast of characters.
+ Good humour in places.
- Pacing is a little slow in a couple of places.
It is enchanting and surreal, but also very funny, everything I look for in a book.
I would reccomend this book and its sequel to anyone.
Please read, you will not be dissapointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I have ever read. Very enchanting, funny and interesting!Published 3 days ago by Tomislava Cherneva
I had first seen the Gimli Studio film, which was magical and enchanting.
This book has got all that magic, but also plenty of humour and tenderness. Read more
I first read this book after seeing it beautifully visualised in Studio Ghibli’s and Hayao Miyazaki’s movie adaptation Howl’s Moving Castle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by adam-p-reviews
Its the best book I've ever read. I could not say what part of it is my favourite bit. I bought it yesterday I have not read all of it yet but so far I love it.Published 3 months ago by David Haycock