Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is a bestselling fantasy novel first published in 1986. The dazzling story and remarkable characters in the book has enchanted readers of all ages: children, young adult and even adult readers. It is the first volume in the series and it is followed by Castle in the Air.
The book, and the series as a whole, successfully mesmerizes readers and reviewers. As a result, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (PDF) has become a bestseller and won several prestigious literary awards. Following Studio Ghibli’s brilliant film adaptation, the novel received even wider acknowledgement.
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Cover and Details of Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (PDF)
- Title: Howl’s Moving Castle
- Author: Diana Wynne Jones
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Date Published: March 5, 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007299265
- ISBN-13: 9780007299263
Summary of the Book
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.
Reviews of Howl’s Moving Castle
“This book is magical, because it managed to distract a four year old, a six year old, two adults in their thirties, a sixty five year old, not to mention my knees, for several hours in a tiny car on one of the hottest days of the year. I love almost everything about this book and that Diana Wynne Jones thought that a romance between a spoiled, shallow drama-queen pretty boy and a feisty ninety year old woman was a great idea and that she completely made it work. I loved seeing a nineteen year old Sophie, frightened and secluded, throw off all of her fears and embrace being a ninety year old woman, ready to take on anything that got in her way. The writing is simplistic, but the dialogue and mystery are downright elegant. Maybe this book isn’t perfect—some of the later conflicts seemed a bit manufactured—but I don’t really care. This book is going on my favorites shelf forever and ever. Dare I say this? I liked it more than the movie.“ (by Catie, goodreads.com)
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