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The Last Elf Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A heart-warming novel for children and adults alike. The characters feel very real, the plot is well thought out and it's beautifully written. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Avis Griffin
I bought this book for my daughter. it was delivered quickly and n perfect condition. My daughter started reading it straight away.Published on 8 April 2014 by Dorothy Kenn
I ordered this book, because I can not get one anymore in my own country. Fast delivery. Very nice cover and size. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Tereze
I loved this book. It's very innocent and sweet but has a dark underbelly which adults will no doubt pick up on fairly quickly. Read morePublished on 27 July 2012 by spraggpie