Il potente jinn Bartimeus, demone antichissimo, pigro e beffardo, viene improvvisamente strappato dal confortevole mondo degli spiriti ed evocato a Londra da Nathaniel, un ragazzino di dodici anni. La sua missione è oscura e molto rischiosa: rubare l’Amuleto di Samarcanda al temibile Simon Lovelace, mago senza scrupoli e membro del Parlamento. In una Londra oscura e affascinante si dipana un mondo magico al «negativo», dove gli uomini meschini, invidiosi e senza scrupoli sono contrapposti agli spiriti, ben più potenti e astuti di loro. E su tutti trionfa l’arguto, saccente, permalosissimo Bartimeus…
- ISBN: 8850229305
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 464
(B) 72% | More than Satisfactory Notes: An interesting premise and humorous to boot, but the story's flat, characters aren't very deep and the ending's weak.
This book had some ground to make up to begin with because after checking its copyright date, all I could think was, "It's a book...about a magic apprentice...in England...written after Harry Potter." And that meant that I was skeptical, although not to the degree that I thought the main character w Leggi tutto
Within the first few sentences my heart sank. Oh no, I thought, fanciful purple prose attempting to set a magical aura about the opening scene. "GOTCHA!" shouted Stroud. Well played, sir, well played. One thing The Amulet of Samarkand does not do is take itself too seriously. That was a relief. I had Leggi tutto
If the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent novel. The general plot is, of course, standard fantasy fare (save the world!) but its details and the world built to drive it is unique. Also, there appears to be a second plot running under the main one which will obvio Leggi tutto
Such a wise-cracking djinn, such a tiny, jerkish upstart. You will absolutely devour this book. It's hilarious. Told from the very different viewpoints of Bartimaeus ( a smart-aleck djinn who has lived thousands of years and has nothing to show for it but an I rock you don't attitude) and Nathaniel
I really loved this book, the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. It's tempting to compare the book to the Harry Potter series. Young boy. Magic. Sneaking around. Breaking the rules. Stern teachers. But the similarities really end there. In Stroud's world, magicians have no power of their own - their pow Leggi tutto
This is a difficult book to rate: It was very well-written, with an intriguing plot and engaging wit. That being said, I must admit that it was more frustrating than enjoyable for me. The main problem was that I disliked both of the main characters: one is a wily demon (Bartimaeus), and the other is Leggi tutto
The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud The Amulet of Samarkand is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. It is the first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy written by English author Jonathan Stroud. First edition was published in Sept. 2003 by Doubleday in the United Kingdom. Charac Leggi tutto
I don't know who or what recommended this to me, but I loved it. It is hilarious, adventurous, fast-paced, and creative. In modern England, all the politicians and noblemen are magicians, and everyone else is a commoner. The story begins with a young but gifted apprentice magician summoning a djinni Leggi tutto
Maybe I'm feeling slightly defensive, but I honestly believe some of the best books written today are in the childrens/young adult section. Well, the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is a book that fits completely into the great books written for children. This is one of my favorite childrens b Leggi tutto
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