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Neil Gaiman , Eddie Campbell
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17. Juni 2014

You ask me if I can forgive myself?
I can forgive myself . . .

And so begins The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure. In this award-winning story, hear the author's own voice accompanied by FourPlay String Quartet as he relates a tale of color and shadow, memory and regret, vengeance and, ultimately, love.

. . . for many things. For where I left him.
For what I did.


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  • Audio CD
  • Verlag: HarperAudio; Auflage: Unabridged (17. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062362240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062362247
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 12,4 x 0,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 663.595 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Der Engländer Neil Gaiman, 1960 geboren, arbeitete zunächst in London als Journalist und wurde durch seine Comic-Serie Der Sandmann bekannt. Neben den Romanen Niemalsland und Der Sternwanderer schrieb er zusammen mit Terry Pratchett Ein gutes Omen und verfasste über seinen Kollegen und Freund Douglas Adams die Biographie Keine Panik!. Er lebt seit einigen Jahren in den USA.

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Pressestimmen

“Gaimain (Anansi Boys) has crafted a fresh story of magic, humanity, loyalty, and memories ‘waiting at the edges of things,’ where lost innocence can be restored as long as someone is willing to bear the cost.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“Part fable, part fairy tale and part cautionary tale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is by turns hauntingly beautiful, painfully intense, funny, witty, wise, scary, and heart wrenchingly sad.” (SFRevu on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“A terrifying shift in the nature of things lies at the heart of Neil Gaimain’s rich new novel.” (The Guardian on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“[T]here isn’t much Gaiman can’t do when it comes to writing.” (Denver Post on ANANSI BOYS)

“A hybrid of folk tale and farce that freely partakes of the comic wealth in each, slipping effortlessly back and forth between them . . . Anansi Boys is Gaiman’s tribute to [Anansi’s] trickster spirit, as nimble and resourceful as his own imagination.” (Salon on ANANSI BOYS)

“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.” (George R. R. Martin on AMERICAN GODS) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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You ask me if I can forgive myself?
I can forgive myself . . .

And so begins The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and renowned artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman's award-winning story. In this volume, the talents and vision of two great creative geniuses come together in a glorious explosion of color and shadow, memory and regret, vengeance and, ultimately, love.

. . . for many things. For where I left him.
For what I did.

-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Ein sehr kleiner Mann bewegt sich aus den Lowlands in die Highlands um auf die Suche nach einer Insel zu gehen – der Insel im Nebel -, wo in einer Höhle in einem schwarzen Berg ein großer Schatz verborgen liegen soll. Er kommt zum Haus von Calum McInnes, der bereits in dieser Höhle gewesen sein soll und bittet ihn, als sein Führer mitzukommen. Nach kurzem Zögern willigt Calum ein und gemeinsam ziehen sie durch die Highlands in Richtung der Isle of Skye, die auch die Insel im Nebel oder die geflügelte Insel genannt wird.

Calum ist sich sicher, dass sein sehr kleiner Arbeitgeber nicht das ist, was er zu sein scheint und er scheint seine eigenen Pläne zu verfolgen – genau, wie es der Ich-Erzähler dieser Geschichte tut, dessen Handlungen nie etwas Zufälliges haben, und der über Fähigkeiten verfügt, die bei seinem Anblick in keinster Weise offensichtlich sind.

Mit sehr abwechslungsreichen und schönen Illustrationen von Eddie Campbell erzählt dieses Buch eine düstere schottische Saga im Stile von Otta F. Swire um Wanderungen, Dolche in der Nacht, Whisky und Buchenkerne, Nebel und dunkle Legenden aus längst vergangenen Zeiten. Ein wieder sehr gelungenes Märchen für Erwachsene, das seinen Anfang als eine Performance im Sydney Opera House genommen hatte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bedtime story 17. Juni 2014
Von Bonnie Duncan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Neil's wondrous work left me feeling like like a happy child again. At the end, I felt like pulling on his sleeve. "Read it again, please!" No problem. Neil's voice is available any time. What a gift! Knowing it would be there, I could get on with morning chores. Nobody does myth like Gaiman. There were some places that still need a good proofreader, though. I didn't mind places where the read text diverged from the print, which was explained in the postscript. That just felt more like Neil's right here reading to me. Careless copy editing, though, is inexcusable in a text this short. Not enough to drop a star...Gaiman's too good for that...but enough that I'd ask that a repaired copy replace those sent out in early sales. There aren't that many errors, so go fix the bloody thing!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Skye folk tale, not for children 24. Juni 2014
Von James Tourtelott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Neil Gaiman's new book, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, looks in layout and design like a children's book. But it is no more a tale for children than those the Grimms collected. It is in form a Skye folk tale, and like any such tale has echoes of the 45 and of the King over the water. It is as hard and sharp and precise of detail as a folk tale, and as dark and violent as well. I read it in less than an hour. I doubt I will forget it, and would not be surprised to dream of it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "...and that way is treacherous and hard" 14. Juli 2014
Von FictionFan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"You ask me if I can forgive myself? I can forgive myself for many things. For where I left him. For what I did. But I will not forgive myself for the year that I hated my daughter..."

So starts this dark tale of a journey, a quest into the Black Mountains to find a cave - to find the truth. Our narrator is a small man, a dwarf, but he's strong and he's driven; by what, we don't yet know but we feel a slow anger in him, an undiminished determination despite his ten year search for the object of his obsession. As we meet him, he is about to hire a guide, Calum MacInnes, to take him to a cave on the Misty Isle which is reputed to be filled with gold...

This book is nothing less than stunning. Gaiman's wonderfully dark story is equalled and enhanced by the amazingly atmospheric illustrations of Eddie Campbell. The two elements - words and pictures - are completely entwined. There's no feeling of the one being an addition to the other - each is essential and together they form something magical. The tale is by turns moving, mystical, dramatic, frightening; and the illustrations, many of them done in very dark colours, create a sense of mirky gloom and growing apprehension and, as the story darkens, some of the later pictures are truly macabre and unforgettable.

Gaiman was apparently inspired to write the story by his visits to the Isle of Skye and the legends of the Hebrides. While the pictures quite clearly place the story in the Highlands - the kilts, the purples and greens, the blackness of the mountains - Gaiman has very wisely steered clear of any attempt to 'do' dialect. The book is written in standard English, but with the lush layering of traditional legends and with a rhythm in the words that really calls for it to be read aloud. Perhaps this isn't surprising since the story was originally devised to be read by Gaiman himself at the Sydney Opera House with Campbell's illustrations projected as a backdrop. I was the lucky, lucky recipient of a hardback copy of the book, but apparently the Kindle Fire edition has audio and video links, though to what I don't know. However, the book is so beautiful that, devoted though I am to my Kindle, this is one where I would strongly recommend the paper version.

All the way through, the story is foreshadowing the eventual end as if to suggest that all things are fore-ordained. It's well worth reading the book twice in fact (it's only 73 pages) - the first reading has all the tension of not knowing how it ends, while the second reading allows the reader to see how carefully Gaiman fits everything together to create the folk-tale feeling of inevitability. And then read it again a third time, just because it's wonderful. I end where I began - stunning!

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Headline.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fireside dark storytelling rendered even more magical 15. Juli 2014
Von Lady Fancifull - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"I am old now, or at least, I am no longer young, and everything I see reminds me of something else I've seen, such that I see nothing for the first time. A bonny girl, her head fiery-red, reminds me only of another hundred such lasses, and their mothers, and what they were as they grew, and what they looked like when they died. It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things"

Fabulous weaver of weird and wonderful stories for adults and children Neil Gaiman wrote this short story/novella The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which was published in a collection of creepy dark stories: Stories: All New Tales, by Headline, back in 2010.

Then this story by Gaiman developed another life, when he was invited to read his story aloud, and with projected artwork by Eddie Campbell, with a musical underscore by FourPlay String Quartet at the graphic Festival at Sydney Opera House.

Now Headline have reduced the experience back down to the individual reading experience - a book, a story on the page, that artwork, condensed into a wonderful weaving of seductive and dark words, sensuous and sometimes scary images, and the tactile experience of silky, glossy pages, hardcover, slightly textured titling. The book as craft, art, and beautiful object as well as wondrous words and a story like some well-honed myth, handed down through generations.

This is a journey through the Highlands, a journey made by two stern men, both with hidden secrets. The un-named narrator is a small fierce man. His companion, Calum MacInnes, is a tall, gaunt one. And there appears to be distrust of the other, from both sides, as they set out to find hidden gold which may be cursed

Artist Eddie Campbell's artworks are gorgeous, and varied in style, ranging from graphic, solid broad-brush stroked figures which are almost cartoon in simplicity, to some lovely part-shaded, part outline, suggestions of shapes, which appear to flicker out from misty, pastel backgrounds. I particularly like the fact that the textured background Campbell must originally have used is visible, a wash across all pages, so that the use of colour is subtle and varied.

This is really not a book to get on ereader - the subtlety of texture, the vibrancy of colour and shape need to be appreciated in the larger size of a book's pages.

I was extremely fortunate to be offered this by Headline, as a review copy.

My only regret is that I missed knowing about this book till a few days after Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbell and Foursquare repeated the performed event of the story. Seeing these illustrations stage sized, having the author read his tale aloud and with the underscore, sitting rapt with others whilst this played out, must have been a magnificent occasion
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gaiman is a master storyteller 18. Juli 2014
Von Dan Thompson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I decided to give this book a go as I fell in love with Gaiman's style last year when I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I am unfamiliar with his other works, including the original anthology in which this short story originates, so I came to it with fresh eyes, and seeing the illustrations as quite separate from the story.

Firstly, I love Gaiman's writing style; evocative, detailed, often wispy and very well constructed. If you take a moment to read aloud his words, you'll find they simply take on a form of themselves.

But saying that, I found the story a little hard to get into - all rather flat and meandering. Despite its short length, it did actually pick up in the middle, with themes of regret, loss and grief leading into revenge and a harrowing climax is sure to follow; as the title surely reveals - The truth is a cave in the black mountains. It is certainly worth a read, and great for any lover of illustrated stories.

I must say though that I disliked a lot of the pictures that accompany the book. It is all rather niche-y and may not appeal to most.
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