A Wild Ride Through the Night

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Overlook Press, 2008 - Fiction - 197 pages
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"In the wake of the phenomenal successes of Walter Moers's City of Dreaming Books, The 131/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, and Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures, Overlook is pleased to offer Moers's fourth book, the tumultuous tale of a little boy who needs to defeat Death through a series of six impossible tasks. Moers bases his utterly delightful story twenty-one woodcuts by the inimitable Gustave Dore, the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century." "In a world between legend and dream, A Wild Ride through the Night describes the exhilarating and comic adventures of 12-year-old Gustave, a boy who aspires one day to be a great artist. When a disaster at sea puts Gustave in the uncompromising hands of Death, he has the choice to give up the ghost or take on a series of six impossible tasks. Always the fighter, Gustave embarks on a strange and perilous journey during which he must save a princess from the clutches of an angry dragon, pull a tooth from the mouth of the Most Monstrous of All Monsters, fly over the moon, and even, somehow, meet his own self. Will Gustave's creativity and imagination be able to save him from his own fate?"--BOOK JACKET.

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Review: A Wild Ride Through the Night

User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

This book is written by Walter Moers, but it is illustrated by an artist named Gustave Dore. Moers creates a hilarious story using Gustav's outstanding artwork. The protagonist, Gustave Dore, a 12 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

Based around illustrations by Gustave Dore (and they're in the book too!) This is a creative and capturing story by Moers who has become one of my favorites authors through his ability to write a ... Read full review

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Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. The world of Zamonia that he created is currently being adapted for the screen. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Paul Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832 to January 23, 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving. In 1853, Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This commission was followed by additional work for British publishers, including a new illustrated English Bible. A decade later, he illustrated a French edition of Cervantes's Don Quixote, and his depictions of the knight and his squire, Sancho Panza, have become so famous that they have influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors' ideas of the physical "look" of the two characters. He continued to illustrate books until his death in Paris following a short illness. The city's Père Lachaise Cemetery contains his grave.

John Brownjohn is an award-winning translator.

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