Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle Howl s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones opens in a picturesque little village, in a country and a world where magic gifts and curses, fairies and witches are not just real, but taken for granted The people around them manage to have almost tediously normal lives.Our protagonist, Sophie Hatter, is the eldest of three sisters, so she knows her youngest sister will have luck and adventure while she herself will have a dull and obscure existence, probably as an old maid tending her father s hat shop At nineteen, Sophie is clever but painfully shy On a festival day she dares to leave the hat shop and is pursued by a handsome youth she has never seen before Irrationally frightened, Sophie flees the young man s advances, only to irritate a mysterious old woman and suddenly Sophie herself is transformed into an infirm old hag.Unable to explain her metamorphosis and afraid to approach her family in this altered form, Sophie decides to leave town in pursuit of the one person who can help her the great wizard Howl, whose moving castle recently appeared as an ominous blot on the horizon Why ominous Because Howl is said to kidnap beautiful girls and eat their hearts, or perhaps their souls.No longer young and never to herself, at least beautiful, Sophie reasons she has nothing to fear.SettingJones sets the stage early on, as much with her narration as with her description The narrator is an arch observer in the tradition of Jane Austen and L.M Montgomery, and the world she describes could be any rural town and surrounding countryside in the eighteenth or nineteenth century with the small addition of magic.Magic here is a respectable enough line of work, usually, but a powerful witch or wizard is still feared.Propriety is of utmost concern in the land of Ingary Out of towners are not trusted, and the wizard Howl, whom no one in the village of Market Chipping has ever as far as they know laid eyes on, is particularly suspicious due to his mode of travel and the scandalous rumors that run before him.Howl s Castle itself, where most of the book takes place, is a marvel of imagination, but I will say noIt s not a plot spoiler per se, but I don t want to ruin anyone else s delighted surprise at the thing s operations and abilities.PlotOnce installed as the moving Castle s housekeeper, Sophie befriends Calcifer, the fire demon whose energy sustains the building From Calcifer she gathers hints of a terrible secret about Howl She spends most of the book trying to piece together the nature of her own curse, and the secret that Calcifer cannot fully reveal.At first Howl, a handsome but rather foppish young man, appears to enjoy a carefree existence of fine clothes, using magic for fun, breaking the heart of every girl he meets, and shirking the responsibilities that come with his accomplished wizard status He repeatedly clashes with this apparently random old lady who barged into his house demanding a job, but as he gets to know her, he begins to suspect she might not be so random at all Meanwhile, the King s younger brother is missing, as is one of Howl s high ranking wizard colleagues, and a powerful being from Howl s past is scheming to destroy him, but if I elaborate on any of this, it will ruin the fun CharactersIf you were starting to think that all YA heroines are either brassywarrior princesses or sniveling Bella Swans, allow Sophie Hatter to break you out of your funk.Sophie starts out as a painfully timid girl who wears only plain, grey dresses and rarely ventures outside the family hat shop She is so convinced of her own plainness that when a handsome stranger approaches her on May Day, she assumes the young man is mocking her and runs away I think a lot of us can relate to this.As an old lady, Sophie takes about twenty levels in chutzpah She is assertive, no nonsense, and occasionally cantankerous, but never truly unkind She becomes the only being in the universe who can make Howl Pendragon obey.For Howl is a flighty, easily frightened creature, who has built a fearsome reputation for himself in the hope of avoiding conflict He is the most accomplished wizard in the land since Suliman disappeared, at any rate but he shirks the responsibilities that must inevitably come with that status He craves love, but flits from one girl to the next with no intention of settling down anytime soon He is also vain, compulsively dying his hair, only wearing the finest re flashiest clothes, and pitching epic tantrums when his beauty regimen is disturbed view spoiler although he might really be upset about something else entirely.But don t let the temperamental glam rock exterior fool you Howl is one of the very cleverest and kindest, and gentlest men you will ever meet in YA, and a lot of his theatrics are cover for his dastardly, altruistic, foolhardy plans if you want a book boyfriend, look no further hide spoiler I have to say I love Hayao Miyazaki s movie better because come on, it s an awesome movie Although, Spirited Away is my favorite movie There were some differences in the book but the movie was based off the book and it s not going to be the same All that matters is they both were awesome and the author loved the movie too I absolutely love fantasy worlds that are way out there Happy Reading Mel This book is completely magical and this is how I know On the fourth of July, we crammed ourselves into our car my husband, mother in law, two girls, and I and drove for over an hour to go see some fireworks There was traffic almost the entire way, and I was jammed in the back in between two booster seats, which let me tell you was not comfortable I am a tall person and my knees basically alternated between being squished in between the two front seats, or slanted crazily off to one side I was good and addicted to this book at that point, and I smuggled it into my tote bag in the tiny hope that might be able to read some along the way However, what happened was that as soon as I pulled it out, my daughter recognized the title and became very interested I knew it was a mistake to teach her how to read Kidding, kidding I casually offered to read some of it aloud in the car At first it was just the girls and me as I read about Sophie toiling away day and night in her hat shop, losing her father and cursed to a bad fortune Then the conversation between my mother in law and my husband slowly died down as we got to the magical switcheroo that Sophie s sisters had pulled behind everyone s backs The radio went off right about when The Witch of The Waste made her grand entrance, and by the time we got to our destination muchquickly than the clock would suggest my husband was chuckling as Sophie told a solicitous stranger,I m not your mother, young manlike a badass As soon as we got into the car and promptly got stuck in the mad rush to head home, my narration services were again requested We all know the basic plot, thanks to watching the Studio Ghibli film approximately 134 times last fall, and my oldest daughter was giddy with anticipation for Howl s tantrum Truly, one of the best scenes in both the book and the movie This book is magical, because it managed to distract a four year old, a six year old, two adults in their thirties, a sixty five year old, not to mention my knees, for several hours in a tiny car on one of the hottest days of the year I love almost everything about this book I love that Diana Wynne Jones thought that a romance between a spoiled, shallow drama queen pretty boy and a feisty ninety year old woman was a great idea and that she completely made it work I loved seeing a nineteen year old Sophie, frightened and secluded, throw off all of her fears and embrace being a ninety year old woman, ready to take on anything that got in her way The writing is simplistic, but the dialogue and mystery are downright elegant Maybe this book isn t perfect some of the later conflicts seemed a bit manufactured but I don t really care This book is going on my favorites shelf forever and ever Dare I say this I liked itthan the movie.Stop by The Readventurer today, where I compare this book to the Studio Ghibli adaptation I came in expecting a novelization of the movie one of my favorites , but what I got was even better Good news The atmosphere and characterization is extremely similar to the Studio Ghibli film I absolutely loved practical, stubborn Sophie and vain, dramatic Howl as well as the overall concept of the story Those were the reasons I wanted to read the book in the first place, and luckily it delivered.The book is simplyWe getinsight into Sophie and Howl s backstories and strong personalities,time in different worlds,characters,factors working against our protagonists, andexplanation of how magic works in this universe As someone who loves to completely understand fantasy worlds and how they work, I loved it Since there were so many factors introduced throughout this novel, the ending felt a little rushed I loved it just the same The movie is a great movie, and the book was a great book They are two very different experiences, but work perfectly hand in hand I would recommend it to all fans of the movie and YA fantasy this is the most magical story I have ever read For some reason I ve been reading a lot of really great books lately I feel that itch to find something I can tear apart and relish in the destruction However, Howl s Moving Castle didn t provide me with that opportunity.It is an amazing and fantastic book The characters are so very different, funny, quirky and lovable that I was sucked in right away The storyline was intriguing and fun to read The writing was quite good and the world was utterly fascinating.If you ve watched the movie then you needn t worry about being spoiled of the book or ending They are actually nothing alike The movie, whilst I really enjoyed it, to the original premise and basic character traits and made its own story from there.Sophie is hilarious She almost makes me want to be an old lady, just so I can be cantankerous and boss people around Howl is funny and sweet as the brilliant yet vain, thoughtless, mysterious wizard The whole story is great and I highly, highly recommend it. Howl s Moving Castle, for whatever reason, failed to engage me the first time I read it several years ago, but it worked much better the second time around I really felt for Sophie, the main character, who feels so timid, trapped and hopeless that when she s unfairly hit with a curse that turns her from a young woman into an old crone, it actually frees her inways than one She leaves her dead end job in the village and, for lack of a better option, moves herself without bothering to ask for permission into the oddly mobile castle of the Wizard Howl, where magic and cobwebs fill the air Obviously the young wizard needs a housekeeper, after all The fire demon in the castle s fireplace mysteriously challenges Sophie to break the contract between himself and Howl, and she hopes that maybe Howl and the demon can help break the curse on her as well.The nature and use of magic in this story were quite creative As a former English major, I really enjoyed how John Donne s poem Song Go and catch a falling star was worked into the story.The plot was occasionally confusing, and I wished some things had been explained a little better I also thought that the wrap up at the end was a bit too hasty But overall it was a charming and fun read, and it gets bonus points for an unusually high degree of originality.Upping my rating from 3 stars to an enthusiastic 4 Original review On paper I should love this book, but it just didn t grab me when I tried to read it about 10 years ago, and I ended up skimming half of it I picked it up again at the library the other day and I m going to give it oneshot Obviously I was being kind hearted when I gave it 3 stars, or was overly swayed by the book s reputation I would be meaner if I were rating it now, but I ll wait to do that until I ve re read it. This was such an enchanting story I read this to my daughter, Celyn 10 at the time , who is too disabled to read books by herself.I had seen some of the anime film version years ago but remembered basically nothing of it.I found the whole thing original and refreshing The point of view character Sophie is engaging and no nonsense with a very capable can do attitude The story moves along at a good pace and the whole moving castle multiple doors thing is a great idea and used well.The Welsh connection is well played, and the continuing reveals keep everything interesting.My only complaint is that the end seemed rather tortured with so many story lines converging in ways that felt rather unsatisfying hard to believe The view spoiler Miss Angorian hide spoiler An Alternative Cover For This ISBN Can Be Found HereSophie Has The Great Misfortune Of Being The Eldest Of Three Daughters, Destined To Fail Miserably Should She Ever Leave Home To Seek Her Fate But When She Unwittingly Attracts The Ire Of The Witch Of The Waste, Sophie Finds Herself Under A Horrid Spell That Transforms Her Into An Old Lady Her Only Chance At Breaking It Lies In The Ever Moving Castle In The Hills The Wizard Howl S Castle To Untangle The Enchantment, Sophie Must Handle The Heartless Howl, Strike A Bargain With A Fire Demon, And Meet The Witch Of The Waste Head On Along The Way, She Discovers That There S Far To Howl And Herself Than First Meets The Eye

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed

[Epub] ➞ Howl’s Moving Castle Author Diana Wynne Jones –
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 329 pages
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • English
  • 01 July 2018
  • 9780064410342

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