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The City of Dreaming Books (2004)

af Walter Moers

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Serier: City of Dreaming Books (1), Zamonia (4)

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Optimus Yarnspinner travels to Bookholm on a quest to find the anonymous author of a manuscript that he inherited from his godfather, and during his journey he encounters many strange inhabitants of the so-called City of Dreaming Books.
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    The Well of Lost Plots af Jasper Fforde (bell7)
    bell7: Similarly a zany tale with literary references and footnotes.
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    The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books af Walter Moers (emdot)
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    The Eyre Affair af Jasper Fforde (ShelfMonkey)
  4. 52
    Den uendelige historie af Michael Ende (Leishai)
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    First Among Sequels af Jasper Fforde (ljbwell)
    ljbwell: Funny, fantasy/alternative celebrations of books and writers and the magical worlds they create.
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    The Book on Fire af Keith Miller (infiniteletters)
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    Lycidas af Christoph Marzi (Leishai)
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This is the audio version, 14 CDs, of this excellent book. It's read by the late and acclaimed Dirk Bach, who really knows how to make a story more lively through his voice. It's a different approach to reading the story oneself and therefore, at least to me, a little less good, but still very entertaining.

Less good because he gives a different kind of voice to e.g. der Schattenkönig aka Homunkoloss than I had in mind. It's trivial things, of course, but they are vital when dealing with such a way of "reading" a book.

Other than that, like the book, recommended! ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Wow! Amazing! Mindblowing! A true masterpiece! I've never read anything by Walter Moers. Walter Moers was in a way recommended to me (elsewhere) last year when I was asking for German books (by German authors, of course) (Fantasy/SF/Historical Fiction - see here - feel free to add books), but back then I thought his books were part of a series, which one had to read in order and I didn't/don't want that, because my German isn't as fluent (yet) as my English, even though I'm at level B1.

Anyway, last month I was walking around in the Fnac in Brussels, Belgium, to find out about their German bookshelf and mainly these were of interest to me:

* Frank Schätzing - Limit (for 9,99 EUR): I want to read that one, but why must it be in so small print? :( The Swarm (even the hardcover version I have) also has a small print.
* Frank Schätzing - Die Dunkle Seite
* Walter Moers - Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher
* Walter Moers - Das Labyrinth der Träumenden Bücher (sort of follow-up of Die Stadt...)

After careful consideration (reading the back, reading a bit of the text inside) I bought Walter Moers - Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher. It seems the books don't have to be read in order, after all. Except of course for those linked to each other, like Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher and Das Labyrinth der Träumenden Bücher.

Yes, I read the book in German, for obvious reasons. But Die Stadt... is thus a stand-alone book and perfect by itself.

And what a journey/voyage it has been! Prepare for an escape out of the real world. The book's main story aside (see the description on the book's page or on Zamonien.de, you'll see that there are two parts: 1) Danzelots Vermächtnis, and 2) Die Katakomben von Buchhaim.

In the first part you get to know about Hildegunst von Mythenmetz's trip from the Lindwurmfest to the famed city of Buchhaim, where everything revolves around books and selling books in the many antiquarian bookshops. Books of high value, books of lesser value, but mainly those of The Golden List were highly sought after and expensive. This part was funny, it was a very pleasant reading. Walter Moers also used many words throughout the book that I don't/didn't know yet, but when you read the sentences, the context, then it's relatively easy to know what he's talking about.

The second part is where all the adventure takes place. And an adventure it is. Indiana Jones has nothing on Hildegunst von Mythenmetz. Add an enormous amount of imagination in terms of books, creatures living underground, living books, shadows, and anything book-related, especially the importance of the written word in the form of poetry or stories. Because that's another thing one can read every now and then: pieces of poetry, which then have an impact that very moment or later on in the story.

Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher is (as Die Welt stated it) a enormous declaration of love with regards to literature and reading. It's, in my opinion, a multi-layered book, not just about books and reading. It also contains elements of friendship (and enmity), trade, philosophy, how to overcome obstacles in life (e.g. at first it's easy, but when it gets hard, you have to continue - else, why did you start it anyway? - for in the end you'll be glad you persisted), and so on. Plus, an enormous dose of fun and witty stuff.

It is an exciting book, you're encouraged to read on, to find out what will happen next, what else hides in the catacombs beneath Buchhaim. At some point, say the last 100 pages, I was having trouble reading on. My mind couldn't take it anymore and I was on the verge of holding a reading break (after finishing Die Stadt...). But as I pressed on, the joy of reading and experiencing the adventure with Hildegunst, the pleasure was rekindled with ease.

Walter Moers has one hell of an imagination, having written a story I've never read before; using a vocabulary that makes it simply a joy to read, even if it's in German. Because, frankly, I think one should indeed read it in German. And while you may think that the drawings (made my Walter Moers himself) and the context comes across as "for children", I can assure you this is a book for adults.

The story made me laugh on many occasions, it drew me inside to - like I said before - experience the dangers and other experiences by myself (or through my imagination). It also - near the end - made me shed a tear or two, as the unexpected twist (Buchlinge arising to the surface) took place, but also as the big friendship between the main characters ceased to exist. No, I don't want to give away too many details.

I also like how Walter Moers gives a little sting to the book industry, by stating that much of what's coming out is in fact rubbish, mainstream stuff, easy to read and digest, brainless stuff (extremely put). That profits are made from the amount of paper sold, not the words written on that paper.

Long story short: absolutely wonderful! One of the best stories I've ever read. Superhighly recommended!

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Deutsch: folgt bald. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
This book has been added to my list of all time favorite books. ( )
  FortifiedByBooks | Jan 5, 2021 |
A venture into a parallell universe - or well, a neighbouring city - where all of life revolves around books and reading. How great isn't that? Not quite as epic as Bluebear but certainly enjoyable (oh, what would I not give for oodles of late night open reading cafés?) and replete with scores of amusing references. ( )
  linuskendall | Mar 22, 2020 |
It has a [b:The Neverending Story|27712|The Neverending Story|Michael Ende|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327871159s/27712.jpg|1122661] / [b:Inkheart|28194|Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)|Cornelia Funke|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328866790s/28194.jpg|2628323] German fantasy about books thing going on, which usually I love. One of my 8th graders adores Walter Moers so hard he brought his own copies to pitch to his classmates at my summer reading table last year. But I couldn't get into it. It's quirky for the sake of quirky; it was all worldbuilding, with no characters for me to latch onto.
  SamMusher | Sep 7, 2019 |
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In tiefen, kalten, hohlen Räumen

Wo Schatten sich mit Schatten paaren

Wo alte Bücher Träume träumen

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