- Gebundene Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Flamingo; Auflage: First Edition (21. Oktober 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007146353
- ISBN-13: 978-0007146352
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 15 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 15 x 4,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.996.739 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
City of the Beasts (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 21. Oktober 2002
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Praise for Isabel Allende: 'A magical storyteller' Daily Mail 'Allende's writing is so vivid we hear the sounds, see the bright birds, smell and even taste the soft fruit.' The Times 'A wonderful, wide-ranging story, which moves back to Chile, and is told in a clever mix of first and third person. Allende's dramatic descriptions of hand-to-hand combat and bloody battle scenes are every bit as vivid and physical as her descriptions of wild passionate love-making. A compulsively readable, colourful, informative and entertaining novel.' Sunday Tribune praise for Daughter of Fortune: "A dazzling, sweeping story." MAIL ON SUNDAY "Romance, passion and adventure fuel Allende's new novel. With an old-fashioned narrative drive and a warm-hearted heroine, it wins you over." SUNDAY EXPRESS "Memory and imagination and myth weave their spells... Allende creates world upon world in dazzling descriptive prose." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "Within the lush sweep of this tale of the heart, there is a message that love is transient and illusory, that it is the beginning of a journey of self-discovery, not the end. Daughter of Fortune takes us from high-class soirees to brothels, revolutionary meetings and opium dens; it introduces a cast of colourful characters and the story remains fresh and original." TLS
An ecological romance with a pulsing heart, equal parts Rider Haggard and Chico Buarque -- one of the world's greatest and most beloved storytellers broadens her style and reach with a Amazonian adventure story which will appeal to all ages Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the chance to take the trip of a lifetime. With his mother in hospital, too ill to look after him, Alex is sent out to his grandmother Kate -- a fearless reporter with blue eyes 'as sharp as daggers' points'. Kate is about to embark on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon rainforest, but rather than change her plans, she simply takes Alex along with her. They set off with their team -- including a local guide and his daughter Nadia, with her wild, curly hair and skin the colour of honey -- in search of a fabled headhunting tribe and a legendary, marauding creature known to locals only as 'the Beast', only to find out much, much more about the mysteries of the jungle and its inhabitants. In a novel rich in adventure, magic and spirit, internationally-celebrated novelist Isabel Allende takes readers of all ages on a voyage of discovery and wonder, deep into the heart of the Amazon.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Zugegeben: Eigentlich habe ich das Buch vor allem wegen der schönen englischen Ausgabe (die mit dem schwarzem Dschungel und en roten Schmetterlingen im Vodergrund) gekauft, die ich mir jetzt wenigstens in Regal stellen kann...=)
Und wie sie schreibt! Sie kann es einfach - das Buch ist spannend, einfach eine Freude zu lesen, egal wie alt man ist. Es besteht kein Zweifel, dass Allende eine Erzählkunst besitzt, wie man sie nicht oft findet, und auch in diesem Buch hat man keine Schwierigkeit, sich das vorzustellen, worüber sie schreibt - den fast undurchdringlichen Regenwald des Amazonas, die dort ansässigen Indianer, oder die im Titel genannten "Beasts". Auch ihre Charaktere sind wunderschön gezeichnet, ganz besonders natürlich die Hauptpersonen Alex und Kate....
Eine wunderbare Geschichte darüber, warum man sich trauen sollte, in die Welt hinaus zu gehen und Abenteuer zu erleben, und über Freundschaft, Familie und das Erwachsenwerden.
Once you start reading it you can't put the book away anymore, eager to finish it. And at the same time you wish it won't end.
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A woman I know at the local Barnes & Noble has been recommending this book to me since it was released. However, it seemed like something that I probably wouldn't be interested in. Boy was I wrong. Being very interested in the field of cryptozoology, I found all of the talk about "the Beast" absolutely fascinating, and was extremely mesmerized by the descriptions of the rain forest. Alexander is a likeable character that will appeal greatly to male readers, while Nadia is a brave character who will appeal greatly to female readers. A must have for all ages, especially teens interested in adventurous YA literature. Great job, Ms. Isabel Allende!
This book is a great addition to anyones bookshelf. Elegantly crafted, it has many twists and suprises and the plot is very fast paced. While providing an entertaining story, City of the Beasts also delivers lessons and morals to the reader.
City of the Beasts is also a story many Teens will be able to relate to. Not because of the exotic setting of the story itself, but through the charecters. This book shows how the 2 main charecters become friends, and is also a source of self-discovery for the main charecter.
Overall, this book is a worthwhile read for anyone. I only gave it 4 Stars because it does not stand out that vividly in my mind as one of the best books I have ever read, but it is still up there in my top 20!
This first novel of the trilogy is actually written by Isabel Allende for young adults. Being uninformed of this purpose, I have picked up City of the Beasts because of the promising adventures content. Well, it turned out to be a well written book, for ALL ages.
Regardless of what other reviewers say about this novel, I found that Miss Allende have done an extremely wonderful job in describing natures beauties along with an exhaustive research on Amazon, anthropologies, environmental and related issues. It is a light novel with serious environmental issues.
Alex Cold is a fifteen year-old teenager from California. He was sent to stay with his grandmother, Kate, for a moment during her mother's extreme cancer therapy somewhere in Texas. Kate is working for International Geographic as a journalist curretnly assigned to study the Amazons. Alex was taken along for the exhilarating journey, meeting weird creatures. the plot generates ffrom this main storyline.
Lots of imagination and environmental issues. A well-written light novel for everybody enjoying adventure-genre fictions.
This in itself doesn't make the book bad of course, since a good writer can make even formulas entertaining. Allende is a decent enough writer that City of the Beasts is an enjoyable read. The invention of the beasts definitely shows imagination. If you're looking for a good, subway read, this is it. There are a couple of overall flaws however that stunt its potential.
1. Allende misses out on some of the nuances of a good resolution (see Diana Wynne Jones' Power of Three or Homeward Bounders for an example of such resolutions), which are vital to the best fantasy. Part of Jones' secret is that she demystifies the fantastical, without taking away its danger or magic. A less-skilled fantasy author depends heavily on mystique to hide the formula.
2. Allende doesn't transfer to children's books what she understood perfectly well in House of Spirits--that readers will be drawn to hard characters without token words of kindness to soften them up. We don't have to like characters like Kate. We have to react to them. Overall, the book is imaginative, but in the post-Dahlian age of Tim Burton and Shock-headed Peter, softening a book for young readers is out of place.
City of the Beasts opens with Alexander Cold resenting the changes in his family now that his mother has cancer. His parents send Alexander to stay with his anti-cuddling Grandmother Kate while his mother undergoes chemotherapy. Kate is the kind of grandmother who leaves you to find your way from JFK to her NYC apartment on your own, without telling you that she won't pick you up. When you show up with your baggage stolen, she tells you, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Needless to say, Alex is not thrilled to be visiting her, but her gruffness is what adds spark to the story. From NYC, Kate takes Alexander to meet his first adventure in the Amazons.
I would not call this book a classic, but I was enriched, and felt that I had a better outlook on the world for having read it. I ordered it immediately for my personal bookshelf.