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The Last Elf Paperback – 3 Mar 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; UK open market ed edition (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747577889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747577881
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Silvana De Mari lives near Turin with her family and an enormous dog. She was a surgeon and she worked in both Europe and Africa before devoting herself to psychotherapy. Silvana has published short stories in several magazines. The Last Elf is her first novel.

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Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to the book in Waterstones by the sticker proclaiming 'Dragons, Elves, and a Life-Changing Quest!', but really I wasn't expecting to buy it at all. The cover alone has you thinking it's written for children around six or seven.

And, while it's definitely not an adults book, fantasy-loving teens could easily read this. It's very well written, with clear language and interesting description. With the way De Mari writes, she really makes you think about alot of different issues, including racism and dictatorship. Really, it's not a book for anyone under ten, or over fourteen, but it's good. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was that, at times, the fact that the Elf, who is the main character, sees things differently to the reader can be confusing and isn't always explained well.

De Mari has taken Elves and Dragons from all the stereo-types and created her own unique creatures. Yorsh - our main character - is nothing like Tolkien's elves, nor is either of the two dragons anything like Poalini's Saphira. Nevertheless, it's interesting and wonderfully written, a refreshing read after all the drama-queen novels that populate the teen sections these days.

Read it!
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Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book several years ago in a bookshop in Munich, and I have looked for the English translation ever since. This book is a very honestly told story, with little use of dramatic devices, set pieces, or even deep characterisation and yet this is no bad thing: I was initially rather disappointed in the lack of depth, but then there is a lot that is left unsaid that is unsettling and forms a disturbing undercurrent to the book - I found myself pondering on some of the issues raised here for quite sometime after I'd finished and moved on to a new read. There is something very charming and innocent about the hero's reactions to the world around him, and as this is a children's book hopefully the sinister implications about the rather brutal 'real world' the humans inhabit may be less apparent to young readers.
I'm glad that the characterisation is fairly superficial as it makes the deaths of some of the characters with whom the reader has bonded a bit less traumatic!!
So, I definitely recommend this book, yes it does seem to lack depth, but it tackles some quite unpleasant issues for its target audience of 10 to teens and tells a sweet story.
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2014
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Started off quite good and interesting at first, but the elf character `Yorsh' (for short) ended up someone quite different by the end... I found none of the characters stayed the same in this story, and that (just for one of several reasons) makes this a story hard to follow.

Obviously a book aimed at children - or at least the younger reader, I found the story very difficult to follow as an adult - not only that, but it's quite a long book with a lot of pages and the print is a bit smaller than your average book, and so whereas as it is, it's 360+ pages - with the average print, this would perhaps make 450 pages or so and waaay too long to keep a child interested I would have thought...

I got bored several times throughout and nearly packed it in, and as I got through the bulk of it, I'd really had enough when by the time I'd reached about 60 or so pages from the end - but having come thus far, I just felt I had to finish it - oh but what a bore it was... If I'm totally honest, these last 60 or so pages meant absolutely nothing to me and were SO tedious beyond belief! I didn't really understand the half of it... Now I come to think of it, I've never yet enjoyed a book that contains dragons. (as much as I'm attracted to the genre) Perhaps there's something in that?

Anyway; a pretty average book - even in the best parts, and one perhaps to read only if you have nothing better to look at, but meant absolutely nothing to me, and though good in places, bored me to tears in others...
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book. From the unpronouncable Yorsh(krunsquarkljolnerstrink) - a lost, lonely little elf who meets various people on his travels - to the marvellously moody and grumpy dragon, who is bored and only wants to hear romantic stories, this book is full of laugh-out-loud funny observations on the absurdity of the human condition. It is also thought-provoking and genuinely, deeply sad and moving at times; and yet so uplifting that your whole week is improved by that one page.

A wonderful story about a wonderful character that can gently help us to examine who and how we are, but will never force the issue.
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Format: Hardcover
A story obvioulsy inspired by the WW2 and the horrible killing of the jews, this cute story of the very last elf alive has its ups and its downs. I feel that the story could have run deeper, but must remember that this is ment for the younger generation. Never the less, it is an amusing story. The Elf is downright witty at times, and his take on humans and our humanity is dead on.

The story tells of the last elf alive, how he as a youngster (one born lately) is lost and finds love and protection in the hands of the most unlikely of beings. Humans! Humans have declared war on the elves many years ago, and managed to wipe them from the face of the earth. He befriends a hunter and a woman and together the trio uncovers a age-old elvish legend. A legend that describes what will come of the last elf alive. The wee one has a majour task set out for him. And it involves a rather grumpy and strange dragon!

Yes its funny, it's quite well written too. But it does lack that last...omph! But by all means, read it :) It's worth the time!
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