Joebobjones, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Joebobjones)
Honestly, what can be said about The Hobbit other than it is a perennial classic, and personally is the first book I read as a child which truly inspired my love of reading and of fantasy. It is light, humorous, engrossing, and quick, an excellent bedtime book. I don't mention this just because of the release of the film, but it doesn't hurt to bring people to the book who never have lost themselves in it. It is a dangerous gateway book to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and for those so inclined, deeper tomes like The Silmarillion. Also, reading The Hobbit aloud to children is a rare treat, or to friends when you are in an, um, altered state. If you have never read this delightful classic fantasy, do yourself the favor of grabbing it off the rack at Powell's.
Gold Gato, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Well, what more can one say about a book that became so much beloved to the second half of 20th-century readers? I like to think of this book as THE book for Generation X, much as "Catcher In The Rye" was the book for the Baby Boomers. It's a book that was whispered about and then passed around and shared, as we all grew up to love and believe in the world of Middle Earth.
Since the story itself has been reviewed by just about everyone born in the 1960s/1970s, let me comment on this specific edition (2001, Houghton Mifflin, trade paper). If you have to purchase just one version (and every home library should have a real book edition, not an ebook), this is an excellent volume. The trade version is beautifully packaged and very easy to hold, and it has fine typeset.
This would make an excellent gift for the younger Generation Y readers.
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by The Times (London),
"A flawless masterpiece."
by Sunday Times (London),
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them."
by Horn Book Guide,
"All those, young or old, who love a finely imagined story, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts."
by Observer (London),
"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls...an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax."
"In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit." So begins one of the most beloved and delightful tales in the English language. Set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth, at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale, The Hobbit is one of literature's most enduring and well-loved novels. Presented in the standard hardcover edition using the author's original jacket design.
J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning childrens book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
From J.R.R. Tolkiens own description for the original edition:
If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. . . . In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did)—if you do not already know all about these things—much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.” Featuring stunning new cover art by Caldecott Honor winning childrens book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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