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Il castello errante di Howl (1986)

di Diana Wynne Jones

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Serie: Howl's Castle (1)

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Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
  1. 221
    Stardust di Neil Gaiman (DeltaQueen50)
  2. 150
    La casa per ognidove di Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Another in the same series featuring Howl and Sophie Pendragon (nee Hatter)
  3. 120
    The Enchanted Forest Chronicles di Patricia C. Wrede (Utente anonimo, rosylibrarian)
  4. 121
    Il castello in aria di Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Also features Howl and Sophie
  5. 100
    Dealing with Dragons di Patricia C. Wrede (infiniteletters)
  6. 80
    Il Casello Magico di Norton Juster (LCoale1)
  7. 104
    Il figlio del cimitero di Neil Gaiman (ut.tecum.loquerer)
  8. 51
    The Enchanted Castle di E. Nesbit (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Despite a castle being in the titles of both books, each novel is really about the human stories contained within and the characters' interaction with the magic they come in contact with.
  9. 40
    Un cappello pieno di stelle di Terry Pratchett (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar style of writing - whimsical and magical
  10. 30
    Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog di Ysabeau S. Wilce (foggidawn)
  11. 30
    The Thief di Megan Whalen Turner (bell7)
  12. 10
    Una culla in fondo al mare di Patricia A. McKillip (cammykitty)
    cammykitty: sweet romance
  13. 10
    L'ultimo unicorno (the last unicorn) di Peter S. Beagle (mysimas)
  14. 22
    Uprooted di Naomi Novik (tralliott)
  15. 00
    Sorcerer to the Crown di Zen Cho (lottpoet)
  16. 00
    Carry On di Rainbow Rowell (mysimas)
    mysimas: Playful, humorous fantasy with a strong focus on the developing romance.
  17. 11
    Jinx di Sage Blackwood (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar in style and tone, both books are filled with magic and wizards, spells and rumors about mysterious and dangerous beings to be avoided.
  18. 00
    The Chocolatier's Wife di Cindy Lynn Speer (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Although Howl's Moving Castle is considered YA, this book reminded me of it in the whimsical and quirky way the story is written and the romance and magic involved. Both books are delightful!
  19. 00
    Tellos, Vol.1 di Todd Dezago (FFortuna)
  20. 11
    Too Many Curses di A. Lee Martinez (SunnySD)

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Howl’s Moving Castle was pretty cute. This was my first time reading it, and I’ve never seen the movie, so I didn’t know anything about the story. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a child, but it was still pretty fun as an adult. The main character is 18, but I thought it felt like a younger story.

The story follows Sophie, the oldest daughter of three. Because she lives in a fairy tale world where magic is real, she knows she’s destined for failure if she tries to leave home to seek her fortune, so she’s resigned to a long and boring life making hats. That part made me laugh, because it’s a common theme of the fairy tales I’ve read that the third child is always the successful one. In spite of her intentions of leading a boring life, Sophie gets mixed up with a witch (who places a curse on her) and a wizard (who lives in a moving castle that she essentially moves into without being invited).

There is quite a lot of humor and I laughed several times while reading it. I liked Sophie and her feisty personality, and I cared what happened to her although I didn’t always understand her decisions. The story was entertaining, but I wasn’t engrossed by it. The ending was ok, a bit rushed, but I didn’t have any major complains except that the romance between Sophie and Howl seemed ridiculous to me as I didn’t see anything in the story to make it believable. I saw the hints that it might develop, but not any actual development and I didn’t feel like either character really got to know the other very well. I was expecting it to be a continuing thread left for later books in the series, so I was surprised when at the end of this book they were suddenly all but scheduling their wedding. Of course, a benefit of there being so little development for the “romance”(?) means that it wasn’t an intrusive part of the story, so it didn’t annoy me until the end.

I liked the book, but I don’t feel any desire to continue the series. I’m rating it at 3.5 stars and rounding up to 4 on Goodreads because of how many times it made me laugh. ( )
  YouKneeK | Jul 23, 2022 |
This is indeed, the book the Miyazaki movie was based on. The book was, as books tend to be, much more detailed than the movie and made for an excellent quick read (while sitting on a stump surrounded by snow multi-foot deep snow). There is not much more to say about it without giving away the plot, so I will just say that Howl's Moving Castle is worth reading.
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
5 stars

Wonderful magical tale!

Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, was the one that introduced me to the book. More like, led to it really. What can I say? I like to dig up books behind the screentime. It serves me well, because so far I've enjoyed myself every time.

But the book! The Book! Oh how I love it! It's so much sweeter and more wonderful and simply MORE. I'm bad with words when wonderful things befall me.

Treasure! That's what this is.
Go on, READ IT. =D ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
I had no idea that “Howl’s Moving Castle” was a book first, let alone a series. I was really taken with plucky, pragmatic Sophie who is transformed into an old woman by The Witch of the Waste. She accepts her new situation without feeling very sorry for herself and decides to set out on her own, climbing into a magical castle and basically stumbling into her own adventure.

This was quirky and fun. Diana Wynne Jones does a great job describing scenes but leaving enough gaps that allowed me to fill in the rest with my own imagination.

There were a few occasion where I was tired of all the back and forth of characters entering the castle and leaving only to knock on the door seconds moments later – seemingly, for no reason at all. Or characters making great treks across fields or palace grounds for the sole purpose of staging a run-in with another character. Even so, it’s a charming fantasy tale and a great one to breeze through. ( )
  MC_Rolon | Jun 15, 2022 |
I set out to read - and hopefully love - this because it came with high praise by most of my GoodReads friends and my daughter (who loves the film, though).

Thus prepared, I set out on this literary journey and quickly got confused: Sophie gets cursed by the Witch from the Waste? Whatever for? And she just gets up, moves out without thinking and stumbles upon the eponymous Howl’s Moving Castle? Huh?

She accepts any crap coming her way because »Sophie was a failure anyway. It came of being the eldest.«?

Sorry, what? Every ridiculous and absurd situation that goes on to arise can be summarised as Howl does near the very end of this book:

»“I’m the eldest!” Sophie shrieked. “I’m a failure!”
“Garbage!” Howl shouted. “You just never stop to think!”«

Some of you might think me too old for this - but for one thing, I still love the Moomins for example. Plus: I can tell you right here and now that as a child I would have despised this even more strongly.

The entire story is just too wild and fantastic for my taste. It’s a glorified fairy tale, akin to other wild rides without much substance.

Still, it’s not entirely bad and, thus, it’s still getting three stars out of five from me.

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  philantrop | Jun 3, 2022 |

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Craig, DanImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Sessions, JohnNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Smith, Jos. A.Immagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Stevens, TimIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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This one is for Stephen
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In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three.
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She was not even the child of a poor woodcutter, which might have given her some chance of success! Her parents were well to do and kept a ladies' hat shop in the prosperous town of Market Chipping. -- Chapter 1 (p.1)
It was odd. As a girl, Sophie would have shriveled with embarrassment at the way she was behaving. As an old woman, she did not mind what she did or said. She found that a great relief.  -- Chapter 5 (p.83)
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