- Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Library. (August 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1441791558
- ISBN-13: 978-1441791559
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 10 - 13 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 16,3 x 1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
The Halloween Tree (Englisch)
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Somewhere inside Ray Bradbury's head is a place where it's always golden autumn, in 1920s midwest America, and every night is Halloween. He has a gift for evoking childhood thrills where joy and terror come heart-stoppingly close. Here eight kids dressed as horrors for Halloween go hunting darkness and find it:
... one hundred million tons of night all crammed in that huge dark pit, that dank cellar, that deliciously frightening ravine.Awaiting them is the comic-sinister trickster Moundshroud, who whirls the boys on a tour through time that shows them the roots of Halloween--cavemen trembling from the dark, Egyptians whose lives revolved around death, Druids appeasing their terrible gods, and so on to the grim carnival of Mexico's Day of the Dead. It's full of poetic flashes, as when "all the old beasts, all the old tales, all the old nightmares, all the unused demons-put- by" are summoned from every corner of Europe to become gargoyles in the newly-built Notre Dame Cathedral.
Bradbury's theme of celebrating life by celebrating death is underlined by fleeting appearances of the gang's missing ninth boy, the one we soon realise is gravely ill and may not last the night. But Moundshroud, who is more than he seems, offers a deal ... The Halloween Tree is written as though for children, with lashings of exclamation marks--but, just as in a fairground, adults too can let their hair down and enjoy the wild roller- coaster ride. --David Langford -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Bibliothekseinband.
"If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn't have a better guide than Ray Bradbury."--Boston Globe -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Bibliothekseinband.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Inside, I was not disappointed. Bradbury swept me away with his opening scene:
"It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn't so much wilderness around you couldn't see the town. But on the other hand there wasn't so much town you couldn't see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness. The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full of...
And it was the afternoon of Halloween.
And all the houses shut against a cool wind.
And the town was full of cold sunlight.
But suddenly, the day was gone.
Night came out from under each tree and spread."
This scene sets the tone for the entire book. THE HALLOWEEN TREE is as classic a Halloween story as A CHRISTMAS CAROL is for Christmas. It is about a group of boys, all friends, ages 11-12, who dress up for their annual night of Halloween mischief and go trick or treating. The boys find themselves at a particularly spooky mansion in a dark ravine, with a Marley-the-ghost door knocker and a gigantic tree covered with jack-o-lanterns. As the jack-o-lanterns light up one by one, the boys realize they are in the presence of a Halloween Tree, and that something very special is about to happen.
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This is not Bradbury's best book, but it shows exactly how strong Bradbury's controll of language is. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
I will be twenty-five in two months, but this book brings the kid and adventure out in me everytime I read it -- which is every October. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
The Halloween Tree is an exiting book because it tells about the adventures of Halloween. There are nine boys that go out on a search of the past of Halloween. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 28. April 1999 veröffentlicht
A novel that is scary, suspenseful, full of history and not boring. Bradbury captures the excitement of Halloween in a small midwestern town as a group of friends prepare for a... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. April 1999 veröffentlicht