Del Toro’s 2006 movie seamlessly blended gothic horror, historical drama and psychological thriller into one unforgettable whole, and this novelisation - a collaboration with the great children’s author of the Inkheart series - pulls off exactly the same trick. Darkly fantastical and richly rewarding, Pan’s Labyrinth is an exquisitely produced book to treasure forever.
This enthralling novel, inspired by the 2006 film, illustrates that fantasy is the sharpest tool to explore the terrors and miracles of the human heart.
You shouldn't come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I'll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it.
In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests. Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And she sees right away what the Capitan is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf. But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitan's eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies; renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army; a labyrinth; beasts and fairies.
There is no one to keep Ofelia safe as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story, where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood ...
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'A work of consummate love and passion, one that needs to be revered for its unmistakable brilliance ... This novelisation not only lives up to impossibly high expectations but incredibly adds to the darkest of magical fairytales.' - Starburst
'Charged with the monumental task of adapting an intricate film to the page, del Toro and Funke have avoided merely describing the film and instead have elegantly recrafted the narrative ... Dark and mesmerising.' - Kirkus Reviews
'Funke maintains the tale's dark beauty, filling it with imaginative details, complex characters, love and history, as well as humanity's evils ... This book will creep into the minds and hearts of readers and linger there.' - Booklist
'If this is magic realism, it is also the work of a real magician ... What makes it art, is that it balances its own magical thinking with the knowledge that not everyone lives happily ever after.' - New York Times, Critic's Pick
'To hail Pan's Labyrinth for its visionary ravishments is hardly to do it justice. You leave del Toro's one-of-a-kind film feeling you've never seen the world before, not like this, not with such aching beauty and terror.' - Rolling Stone
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