Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl) ペーパーバック – 2008/4/22
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
howl's moBy Diana Jones
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright ©2008Diana Jones
All right reserved.
In which Sophie talks to hats
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. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.
Sophie Hatter was the eldest of three sisters. 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. True, her own mother died when Sophie was two years old and her sister Lettie was one year old, and their father married his youngest shop assistant, a pretty blonde girl called Fanny. Fanny shortly gave birth to the third sister, Martha. This ought to have made Sophie and Lettle into Ugly Sisters, but in fact all three girls grew up very pretty indeed, though Lettie was the one everyone said was most beautiful. Fanny treated all three girls with the same kindness and did not favor Martha in the least.
Mr. Hatter was proud of his three daughters and sent them all to the best school in town. Sophie was the most studious. She read a great deal, and very soon realized how little chance she had of an interesting future. It was a disappointment to her, but she was still happy enough, looking after her sisters and grooming Martha to seek her fortune when the time came. Since Fanny was always busy in the shop, Sophie was the one who looked after the younger two. There was a certain amount of screaming and hairpulling between those younger two. Lettie was by no means resigned to being the one who, next to Sophie, was bound to be the least successful.
"It's not fair!" Lettie would shout. "Why should Martha have the best of it just because she was born the youngest? I shall marry a prince, so there!"
To which Martha always retorted that she would end up disgustingly rich without having to marry anybody.
Then Sophie would have to drag them apart and mend their clothes. She was very deft with her needle. As time went on, she made clothes for her sisters too. There was one deep rose outfit she made for Lettie, the May Day before this story really starts, which Fanny said looked as if it had come from the most expensive shop in Kingsbury.
About this time everyone began talking of the Witch of the Waste again. It was said the Witch had threatened the life of the King's daughter and that the King had commanded his personal magician, Wizard Suliman, to go into the Waste and deal with the Witch. And it seemed that Wizard Stillman had not only failed to deal with the Witch: he had got himself killed by her.
So when, a few months after that, a tall black castle suddenly appeared on the hills above Market Chipping, blowing clouds of black smoke from its four tall, thin turrets, everybody was fairly sure that the Witch had moved out of the Waste again and was about to terrorize the country the way she used to fifty years ago. People got very scared indeed. Nobody went out alone, particularly at night. What made it all the scarier was that the castle did not stay in the same place. Sometimes it was a tall black smudge on the moors to the northwest, sometimes it reared above the rocks to the east, and sometimes it came right downhill to sit in the heather only just beyond the last farm to the north. You could see it actually moving sometimes, with smoke pouring out from the turrets in dirty gray gusts. For a while everyone was certain that the castle would come right down into the valley before long, and the Mayor talked of sending to the King for help.
But the castle stayed roving about the hills, and it was learned that it did not belong to the Witch but toWizard Howl. Wizard Howl was bad enough. Though he did not seem to want to leave the hills, he was known to amuse himself by collecting young girls and sucking the souls from them. Or some people said he ate their hearts. He was an utterly cold-blooded and heartless wizard and no young girl was safe from him if he caught her on her own. Sophie, Lettie, and Martha, along with all the other girls in Market Chipping, were warned never to go out alone, which was a great annoyance to them. They wondered what use Wizard Howl found for all the souls he collected.
They had other things on their minds before long, however, for Mr. Hatter died suddenly just as Sophie was old enough to leave school for good. It then appeared that Mr. Hatter had been altogether too proud of his daughters. The school fees he had been paying had left the shop with quite heavy debts. When the funeral was over, Fanny sat down in the parlor in the house next door to the shop and explained the situation.
"You'll all have to leave that school, I'm afraid," she said. "I've been doing sums back and front and sideways, and the only way I can see to keep the business going and take care of the three of you is to see you all settled in a promising apprenticeship somewhere. It isn't practical to have you all in the shop. I can't afford it. So this is what I've decided. Lettie first -- "
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Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards—and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter—her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy.
- 出版社 : Greenwillow Books; Reprint版 (2008/4/22)
- 発売日 : 2008/4/22
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 448ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0061478784
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061478789
- 対象読者年齢 : 8 - 12歳
- 寸法 : 13 x 2.29 x 19.35 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 16,891位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
ハウルは原作でもカリスマ的な美男子で、愚かしいほどの臆病者。でも逃げるフリして立ち向かっていく姿がかっこいい。彼が欲しいものを挙げたとき「人魚、マンドレイクの根、それから正直な心を勢いづかせる風」と答えるのだけど、The wind to advance an honest mindって、ぼわーっと立ち上るポジティブな風がとても宮崎監督らしいイメージだと思った。
I bought this because I was actually looking to buy the Studio Ghibli film and it popped up! I didn’t realise that the film was based off of this and there are differences but the plot line is essentially the same!
I laughed out loud a number of times reading this, it has some excellent writing and a lovely writing style. The film is one of my favourites but now I am so glad that I read the book because there are so many more details that are pointed out that actually make the film seem more magical! In this edition the authors opinions on the film adaption are included and it was very interesting to see her view!
I remember reading and loving Howl's Moving Castle as a child so when I saw it on offer I decided to buy it and see if it still had the magic that made me fall in love as a child.
As you can see from my rating it didn't. I was actually disappointed, I don't remember the characters being quite so unlikeable as a child. Sophie in particular was horrendous but Howl was such a drama queen over every little thing.
The only one I liked was Michael, who put up with all of their shenanigans.
I gave it 3 stars because it is really well written, with little clues dotted here and there over what the real story behind everything is, but it just got bogged down in the middle and I found myself flipping pages to get to the good bits.
I loved the magic behind everything, there's a lot of imaginative ideas in this and everything was executed really well. I just didn't get on with the characters, and the story, to be honest, fell a bit flat for me sometimes.
I feel bad for giving this book anything less that 5 stars because I know it's beloved by many, and maybe I just wasn't in the right mood to appreciate it, and I'm sure most of its messages went over my head. But my rating is based on my enjoyment, and my enjoyment level was very average reading this when I expected to love it. Maybe I'm just too old to really appreciate the magic now lol.
It does lose its way slightly at about two thirds in because new things, like a spellbound dog, are quickly introduced with minimal build up and, for a simple tale it feels like it over complicates itself and gets a bit tangled narrative wise.
It sorts itself out and comes to a nice conclusion.
The Kindle formatting is poor...needs sorting out.
While very similar they differ greatly and it's obvious studio Ghibli changed quite a lot of it. The main character is a young woman named Sophie Hatter who lives a rather unfufilling living making hats in a small shop in the land of Ingary. Her life becomes infinitely more interesting when one day the Wicked Witch of the Wastes appears in her shop and transforms the young woman into an old crone. Not wanting her family to see her like this Sophie runs (well, hobbles) off eventually ending up in a place no one would think to look for her, the castle of the evil Wizard Howl that roams the countryside.
The ideas in this book felt really original in so many ways and are supported by some surprisingly humorous moments, some of which are pretty subtle. The characters are great, especially Sophie once she becomes a bossy old woman really made me smile. Despite being a book for young adults I found it well suited for people of all ages really and had a good time reading it. I did however I must admit, enjoy the film more, (rare that is the case) if only because I found the pace of the book pretty slow, there are stretches where little really seems to be happening but it all ties together nicely in the end.
If you're a fan of the film or just want a creative story that's a little bit different then you certainly can't go wrong with Howl's moving Castle.
+ Very original.
+ Great cast of characters.
+ Good humour in places.
- Pacing is a little slow in a couple of places.
Sophie is a lot more aggressive and upfront, Howl's a lot more of a ladies man and oh so dramatic, Michael is not a little boy in the book if I recall correctly, Calcifer is a little meaner, the Witch of the waste isn't a nice character at all and doesn't end up being suddenly nice, either.
Such a memorable story and entirely enjoyable, and my god, for a pound?, way too worth it.