- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Speak; Auflage: Reprint (28. Dezember 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0142402516
- ISBN-13: 978-0142402511
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 14 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,1 x 1,7 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 129 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 108 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Looking for Alaska (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Dezember 2006
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★ Michael L. Printz Award Winner
★ Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
★ NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
★ TIME Magazine's 100 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
★ An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top 10
★ An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers
★ A Booklist Best Book of the Year
★ A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
★ A SLJ Best Book of the Year
★ A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
“What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter.” –Chicago Tribune
“Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.” –Bookpage
“Stunning conclusion . . . one worthy of a book this good.” -–Philadelphia Inquirer
“The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.” –Kliatt
★ “What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska’s vanilla-and-cigarettes scent.” –Kirkus, starred review
★ “Miles’s narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Like Phineas in John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light.” –SLJ, starred review
★ “Miles is a witty narrator who manages to be credible as the overlooked kid, but he's also an articulate spokesperson for the legions of teen searching for life meaning (his taste for famous last words is a believable and entertaining quirk), and the Colonel's smarts, clannish loyalties, and relentlessly methodological approach to problems make him a true original....There's a certain recursive fitness here, since this is exactly the kind of book that makes kids like Miles certain that boarding school will bring them their destiny, but perceptive readers may also realize that their own lives await the discovery of meaning even as they vicariously experience Miles' quest.” –BCCB, starred review
“John Green has written a powerful novel—one that plunges headlong into the labyrinth of life, love, and the mysteries of being human. This is a book that will touch your life, so don’t read it sitting down. Stand up, and take a step into the Great Perhaps.”
–K.L. Going, author of Fat Kid Rules the World, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
First drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words...Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe, boring, and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. This work is poignant, funny, heartbreaking, and compelling. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Miles Halter is sixteen when he succeeds in persuading his parents to send him to Culver Creek, the boarding school that is a tradition in his dad’s family. He hopes for…well, more: Something of a loner, with no real friends at his old school, his hobby is reading biographies – and collecting famous persons‘ last words on their dying beds.He argues with his parents: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps“. p. 8, PERHAPS not what he is living with now.
Miles‘ start in Birmingham, Alabama, comes with roommate ‘The Colonel‘ – and a very pretty girl named Alaska who offers more than just a little danger to the peace of mind. Well, Miles might collect last words – but moody and somewhat unpredictable Alaska is an avid reader and soon challenges him: on death, life, pulling of a prank, the sense of everything. Something of the trouble raiser she is, she pulls him into her world, „Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.“ p. 71, Miles still feels deeply attracted. Or, as the Colonel puts it: „I just did some calculations, and I’ve been able to determine that you’re full of shit.“ p. 98
Both, his teachers, the school and his new friends prove to be demanding for Miles, and his former attitude of shrugging everything off and rather living a lonely life where nothing might really matter. Things do begin to matter, though, and Miles and his friends do have to make up their minds as they will be forever shaken by what happens.
The tone is light, the book is an easy read – but it comes up with a good set of intelligent questions on life, death, loyalty, meaning, loss, and friendship – without giving too easy answers but rather offering a guideline along the way. Clearly dedicated for teens, I still found it enjoyable even as a grown-up (somewhat to my surprise, I did not like teen lit much even when I was a teen). One might find some persons lacking more detail – but then, just as they are, I guess they offer better potential for simply more identification, so – I liked the book as it is! Author John Green does not shy of really getting to the matter – may it be teenage drinking, smoking, loss, death, or first sexual experiences. I will never ever look at my tooth paste innocently again!
Recommendation – particularly for the 10th anniversary edition. Not only does it look sophisticated (and that coming from me, I HATE cover shopping) with its gold and black and white style, the metallic look and the slight embossing of details, gorgeous with its black edge and black flyleaf/endpaper (yes!). It also comes with an extra introduction and an attachment which will help you better understand the story and its making.
Movie: Harvey (deutsch: Mein Freund Harvey) James Stewart. No other version allowed. Mein Freund Harvey [Blu-ray]
Book: Colin Higgins: „Harold and Maud“ (Harold und Maud…). There also is a decent movie for it, the book goes slightly deeper, the movie has got very apt music. Harold und Maude [Blu-ray]Harold and Maude: (Fremdsprachentexte) (Reclams Universal-Bibliothek)Deuce.
Or, as Alaska would recommend: Gabriel Garçia Marques "The General in His Labyrinth" The General in His Labyrinth (Everyman's Library Classics)
The book days before, today and days after. I am glad that I have read it.
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Beautiful protagonists and nice style of writing. The perfect Mix between funny and serious Story about the real struggle in life.
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