A Wild Ride Through the Night

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Random House, 2004 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Using twenty-one drawings from the work of Gustave Dor-, the most successful illustrator of the 19th century, Walter Moers has created a wondrous and utterly delightful tale. In a world between legend and dream, in a time between childhood and adulthood, 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. But before he can achieve this, Gustave must first tackle Mysterious Giants and a Siamese Twins Tornado; he also finds himself encountering the Greatest Monster of All, freeing a maiden from the claws of a dragon, riding through a forest full of ghosts, navigating a Galactic Gully and meeting a dream princess, a talking horse, scantily-clad Amazons and even his own self. Having made a wager with death for nothing less than his life and his soul, he must travel from the earth to the moon and back in a single night.

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User Review  - MillieHennessy - LibraryThing

Before this book, I'd never heard of the artist, Gustave Doré, and now I'm fascinated with his work! I thought the concept of this story was very original - Moers selected some of Doré's illustrations ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

More loopy, goopy modern mythologizing from German fabulist Moers (The City of Dreaming Books, 2007, etc.).Moers's newest confection hinges on a set of illustrations by the renowned French engraver ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He has refused to be photographed ever since his comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf were published, the latter leading him to be declared persona non grata by the political right in Germany. The 13- Lives of Captain Bluebear was published to superb reviews and has sold 250,000 hardback copies in Germany. Walter Moers lives in Hamburg.

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