In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.
After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.
The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.
In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?
Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place....Continua
I find this book very....surprising. We always know that the movie is different from the book, but basically Miyazaki just got the idea of the book and made a totally different world.
I actually liked the book, I've drawned in few weeks, the style was easy and the differences with the movie so....surprisingm that I was reading it every moment I had,
I really like how Diana Jones describe Sophie, she gave a different personality then the Movie's Sophie, and I more like it. But what really surprised me, was the second life of Howl, I seriously never expected that he had a normal life in...Wales XD.
Anyway it's a book I reccomend to somebody who want's to read something easy,maybe in the spare time, or before go to bed.
I was expecting an indepth telling of the characters I loved from the movie and I found quite a different story.
I appreciated it anyway, at times more than the movie, at times wishing for more but I think the two complements each other.
It was interesting knowing more about Sophie's family, to discover she has magic too, meeting more complex characters; I wish the falling in love part was described in more detail, even with subtle hints, and not relegated to just a few sentences in the last chapter.
It would be great to read more about it in the following books but - based on the Q/A in the extra section of my copy - I think that's not going to happen, unfortunately.
I'll console myself watching the movie for the nth time!
Me gustó, sí; pero es de esos pocos libros donde la magia de la película le sienta mejor.
No es que no me haya cautivado y entretenido a más no poder, es que sin duda la adaptación al cine dista mucho de la historia que la autora trata y, bueno, la magia del Studio Gibli superó en creces esta obra....Continua
got to know this book through the Miyazaki movie, and what a chance! the book, as always, is a 1000 times better,... the story makes much more sense, the characters are more real and I just couldn't put it down. A truly enjoyable read!