kladish, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by kladish)
Sometimes I feel like I have a hard time finding friends who share my strong affection for Dave Eggers' writing style, but I honestly believe this book is a large departure from his previous work, and a great starting point for someone altogether new to Eggers.
I would be surprised to hear that a person with a fondness for:
a) Where The Wild Things Are;
b) Good, whimsical story-telling;
c) A story told from an entertaining and well-developed point of view;
d) Any of all of the above
didn't like this book.
I myself am not a huge fan of Where The Wild Things Are, if only because it just wasn't a book I read more than once during my childhood. That said, I very much enjoyed Eggers' version, and thought he turned Max into an engaging and authentic (although of course wholly unreliable) narrator.
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Anne Schuessler, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by Anne Schuessler)
How terribly great is this book! After You Shall Know Our Velocity this book convinced me that Dave Eggers is just one amazing writer. I couldn't stop reading and that had nothing to do with the fact that I was stuck on airplanes and in airports. It had everything to do with the book. It was also kind of helpful, because after reading this, I knew that I wouldn't have to worry about deciding on my favorite book of the year.
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Denise Morland, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
The Wild Things is an interesting, more adult, take on Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. Here the story of Max is expanded and fleshed out to give us some insight into Max's behavior and his experience on the island. Max is a confused young boy dealing with divorce, a teenage sister, and anger he doesn't know how to control. He runs away one night after a fight with his mother and sails to the island of the Wild Things.
Its ultimately a sad, dark story about a lost and confused little boy. Elements of it reminded me of Lord of the Flies with the feeling of loss of control and fear and anger ruling. The Wild Things are well developed and fascinating characters with many of their own problems to deal with. The ending felt a little less complete and more uncertain than I would have liked.
I listened to the audio version which was very creatively read by Dion Graham. The Wild Thing's voices were well done and it was a pleasant listen.
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Anna Shumaker, December 14, 2009 (view all comments by Anna Shumaker)
I really just wanted to express how happy I am with my Indispensable subscription. This is my third package and I enjoyed the others and was very much looking forward to this one. It arrived on my birthday in such nice packaging I considered putting it on the table with the rest of my presents but temptation got the better of me and I loved every bit of it. So thank you Powell's for my wonderful birthday present, you have yet to disappoint me.
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Not content to reinforce the foundation of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, Eggers instead architects entirely new additions. Young Max's psyche is fully formed, and the Wild Things themselves are given wonderfully eclectic personalities, ensuring each new chapter is greeted with a sweet sense of anticipation.
by Nathan W.
by Steve Almond, The Boston Globe,
"Eggers has written a book for readers of all ages, without dumbing down his prose. But his highest achievement is in having found a fresh way to tell us a story we already know so well, about the monstrous forces of love and hate that mark every childhood — and pursue us howling into adulthood."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Seeing how the beasts echo Max's inner turmoil is perhaps the cleverest aspect of The Wild Things....As he showed in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What Is the What, Eggers is brilliant at portraying the exuberance and chaos of a young boy's heart and mind."
by The Washington Post,
"All in all, Dave Eggers's The Wild Things is intermittently amusing but far more conventional than it should be. Eight- to 12-year-olds will like the book, but older readers — those 'children of all ages' — won't be starting a wild rumpus over it."
by The Independent (U.K.),
"[S]sometimes weird, sometimes dark, and full of wonder....Like the original, this is far from the cosy world kids are often fed, but it has real heart — Eggers uses simple but superbly effective prose to suggest that childhood has to be lived without cosseting for us to grow up with any semblance of a normal personality."
by Montreal Gazette,
"[N]ot only a wonderful read, but a lovely product....From the cover illustrations by Rachel Sumpter to the quality paper and printing, to the informative postscript by the author/publisher, this does Sendak's original picture book proud."
The Wild Things — based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay co-written with Spike Jonze — is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control.
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