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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfectly charming
In my opinion, Diana Wynne Jones is simply one of the best YA fantasy writers out there. She ranks right up there with Lloyd Alexander and Philip Pullman. The intelligence and creativity of her work is consistently remarkable, and Charmed Life is a wonderful example of the scope of her imagination and plots.
Charmed Life, an entry in the Chrestomanci series...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen OKay
I guess I should be more "lenient" with this book. It is a kids' book afterall. But having read her newer book, dark lord of derkholm, this book was a major disappointment. Dark lord was the first diana w. jones book i've ever read and i liked it so much i went to the library to pick out more of her books. How old were cat and gwen anyway? was it ever...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 1999 von hxm4x@hotmail.com


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfectly charming, 18. Juni 2000
In my opinion, Diana Wynne Jones is simply one of the best YA fantasy writers out there. She ranks right up there with Lloyd Alexander and Philip Pullman. The intelligence and creativity of her work is consistently remarkable, and Charmed Life is a wonderful example of the scope of her imagination and plots.
Charmed Life, an entry in the Chrestomanci series (which can be read in any order without any knowledge of the others--others include Witch Week, The Lives of Christopher Chant, The Magicians of Caprona), is a charming British YA fantasy that far predates the Harry Potter mania. Fans of Harry Potter might like this; it has a similar enough plot--young orphaned boy with awful relatives is taken to a place where his talents can begin to expand. Young Eric, familiarly known as Cat, even slides around on magic mirrors (as opposed to magic broomsticks). However, Charmed Life is in every way superior to the Harry Potter books. For instance, the world's concept is much more profound and interesting. The world Cat inhabits is one in which magic abounds and technology is a bit backward-- not this world as we have known it at any point in time. Rather, it's a version of our world had key events been changed. (For example, a possible alternate world would be if Napoleon had succeeded in his campaigns. We would probably live in a world with a primary language of French.) Secondly, again unlike the HP books, there are no completely evil characters. Diana Wynne Jones has a talent for creating idiosyncratic, realistic people, and even those who are...less than wonderful, have their moments of niceness. And even the 'nice' people have their faults. Good doesn't always automatically win, and Cat is hardly a faultless protagonist.
Diana Wynne Jones takes common themes and imbues them with so much life and color and humor that the result-- Charmed Life (among many others) is compulsively likable. Who else could successfully mix enchanters, shrieking furniture, violin-turned-cats, maid-turned-frogs, silverware, family mysteries, alternate worlds, adventure and wit save a master magician such as Diana Wynne Jones? If you haven't read anything by her but like your fantasies good and British with dizzyingly intricate plots, do try her work. I particularly recommend Howl's Moving Castle, Hexwood, and, of course, Charmed Life. These are books that deserve to be read...and reread...and reread...
Ailanna
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic! I wish every child had a copy on their bookshelf, 20. August 1999
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I read Charmed Life when I was in fourth or fifth grade, and immediately bought a copy of my own to read again and again. I loved all Diana Jones's books, but this one was my first and my favorite. Fifteen years later I still feel fond of Cat and resentful of his hellion sister Gwendolyn, and I still wince at the hilarious atrocities she perpetrted at Chrestomanci castle. A children's book that doesn't patronize children, but instead indulges their sophisticated sense of humor and appreciation of the travails of a bildungsroman hero is a rare treat indeed. I still keep my old copy so that some day my children can learn to love Jones's wonderful books too.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Charming Book!, 3. Juli 2000
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Eric Chant, better known as Cat, is an orphan. He and his sister Gwendolen, who is a powerful witch, live with Mrs. Sharp until Chrestomanci comes to take them away. Cat and Gwendolen have a hard time settling into the Chrestomanci Castle, but soon, Cat finds that Julia and Roger, Chrestomanci's children, are rather quite fun to play with. He also discovers that Millie, their mother, is a splendidly nice person. However, Gwendolen feels miffed that no one in Chrestomanci Castle bends to her every whim or praises her as the most powerful person alive. So she sets out to prove that she is a witch to be reckoned with. Playing a number of tricks on Chrestomanci Castle, including turning the stained glass windows of the church to life, Gwendolen finally goes too far and gets her magic taken away. Imagine Cat's surprise, when, the next morning, he finds a Gwendolen look-a-like in Gwendolen's room who knows as little about the switch as Cat does himself. Cat, trying to avoid the trouble that he knows would be caused if Chrestomanci found that Gwendolen had bewitched herself to another world (which is what she had done), is in for a bumpy ride trying to handle the multitude of messes that Gwendolen has left him to deal with. I suggest you jump on in and join him! This book is well-written, and interesting. I have read it several times, and enjoy it more with each read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not just for children, a wonderful book, 13. Juli 2000
This book is a wonderfully imaginative tale of an alternate England, mixing Victorian society with the practice of magic. I first read the book when it was marketed to adults, and loved it then. The characters of Cat, his sister Gwendolyn, Janet, and of course Chrestomanci, are all vividly drawn and come wonderfully to life.
Don't be put off by the YA cover, this book can be enjoyed by fantasy lovers of any age.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen There's only one word to describe this book-incredible, 5. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I bought this book some ten years or so ago. It was my favourite book for about five years until I leant it to a "friend" who liked it so much that she never gave it back. I'm so happy that this book is back in print because I still yearn to read it. Which goes to show just what an absolutely amazing book this is and this isn't even my favourite DWJ book. That, incidentally is Dogsbody which was also stolen. Anyway back to the review, this book has everthing for lovers of fantasy and magic alike:- parallel worlds, extra lives, spoilt megalomaniac children and of course lots and lots of magic. It is one of the Chrestomanci books and I recommend that anybody who reads and loves this book, should also try reading The Lives of Christopher Chant, Witch Week and The Magicians of Caprona by the same author. I have read the other reviews and what has struck me is that every reviewer seems to have read all of her other books, as have I. Diana Wynne-Jones has a knack of creating such warm, real characters and writes with a lot of humour. She is the kind of author who inspires such loyalty from her readers. Go on-read this book. We can't all be wrong!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen OKay, 25. Juli 1999
I guess I should be more "lenient" with this book. It is a kids' book afterall. But having read her newer book, dark lord of derkholm, this book was a major disappointment. Dark lord was the first diana w. jones book i've ever read and i liked it so much i went to the library to pick out more of her books. How old were cat and gwen anyway? was it ever mentioned or did i miss it? and I didn't like the fact that diana let the evil Gwen get away so easily. Do evil and get away with it. She became a queen too, in her own world! I borrowed two other DWJ books, let's hope they are much better than this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my all-time favorites!, 5. Dezember 1998
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This is the first book of Ms. Jones that I ever read, and it was so good that I have since searched out and read everything of hers that I could find! A terrific tale with captivating characters!! Beautiful, spoiled, megalomaniacal young witch Gwendolyn believes she is destined to rule the world, and her timid, good-hearted little brother Cat is swept along with her plans and is left holding the bag when everything goes wrong! Please read this book, you won't be disappointed! If you like this one, I also highly recommend The Power of Three, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Magicians of Caprona!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An absolute treasure for kids...or just about anyone., 14. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
First read this book maybe 15 years ago and never forgot it. It sticks out in my mind as one of the best children's books ever, but it's got amazing ideas and details and sub-plots that you think about again, even when you're older -- I still enjoy reading this book every so often. It's got everything - magic, adventure, philosophy, sibling rivalry, and just all around excellent story-telling. There are other books now that play on the theme of magic and have become v. popular but I haven't yet read one to equal this. Also liked the prequel a lot.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A timeless tale, 6. April 2014
still riveting. The whole chrestomanci series is truly charming, bewitching and truly timeless. A pleasure to read. The books of the series are loosely related.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Geschwisterliebe", 29. Dezember 2007
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Ulrike Ergenzinger "ue84" (Waiblingen) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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Eric (Spitzname: Cat) und seine Schwester Gwendolen leben nach dem Tod ihrer Eltern bei einer einfachen Hexe, die sich um sie kümmern soll. Gwendolen passt dieses Leben jedoch überhaupt nicht, da sie größere Ambitionen a lá Weltherrschaft hat.
Eines Tages werden die beiden Geschwister von "Chrestomanci" einem Verwandten ihrer Eltern aufgenommen. Dieser ist ein sehr mächtiger Zauberer.
Doch selbst, das ist für Gwendolen noch nicht genug.
Da er sie nicht genügend beachtet, verhext sie einiges. Dies kostet sie ihre Zaubererkraft. Dennoch gelingt es ihr sich in eine andere Welt abzusetzen und ein Ebenbild von ihr - Janet - ins Schloss zu schicken.
Doch auch für Cat entwickelt sich einiges anders als geplant.
Mehr verrate ich euch nicht, den Rest müsst ihr selber lesen!
Viel Vergnügen! ;-)
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