The Wild Things

The Wild Things Max is a rambunctious eight year old whose world is changing around him His father is absent his mother is increasingly distracted and his teenage sister has outgrown him Sad and angry Max dons his

  • Title: The Wild Things
  • Author: Dave Eggers
  • ISBN: 9780307475466
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Max is a rambunctious eight year old whose world is changing around him His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown him Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister s room and driving his mother half crazy Convinced his family doesn t want him any, Max flees homeMax is a rambunctious eight year old whose world is changing around him His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown him Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister s room and driving his mother half crazy Convinced his family doesn t want him any, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things, who trample and scream These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak s classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood.

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    1. Skeptical, I was extremely skeptical. We already have a Where The Wild Things Are and I'm not sure it could possibly be improved upon. I did enjoy Spike Jonze's movie adaptation quite a lot, but this exists in book form. Why would you do a novelization when the picture book is so perfect? Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    2. I know a lot of people didn't like this book, their arguments being that it was an unnecessary adaptation/elaboration on Sendak's masterpiece, and a little haphazard and irresolute . . . but I think it works. Actually, I think it's perfect for the tone Eggers is trying to set. The discomfort and awkwardness of his narrative reflects the growing pains of Max, and more than once I found myself tense with the same frustration, anger and despair that he experiences on his journey. I don't know what [...]

    3. Animals howl, he had been told, to declare their existence.-- Dave Eggers, The Wild ThingsThere are times I love Dave Eggers and there are times he exasperates me. He threw me back and forth between an amazed joy and an exhausted boredom, sometimes in the same chapter. There is a lot to admire in this book. Eggers flushes out Sendak's monumental children's book and also give depth to the movie that Spike Jonze made about the book (and Eggers co-wrote). The book allows for more depth to the inner [...]

    4. Anyone who loves Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and senses the archetypal symbols and rich interplay of wildness and domesticity, the friction between Dionysian and Apollonian impulses, will marvel at this brilliant novel. What's brilliant isn't the storytelling--he just follows the satisfying, basic narrative arc of the children's book--what's brilliant is how he fleshes out the character of Max, how expertly he plumbs the pubescent psyche of Max. I would say we, the reader, understand Max [...]

    5. I have to start with a wee confession, this book made me realize I have an adaption problem. It's not that I can't handle adaptions in fact I quite enjoy them. It's just that I need to have a good handle on what the adaption is.When I looked at The Wild Things I saw a tonne of references to the screenplay, and of course the original child's book and I started to get bamboozled by what this book was actually based on. Fortunately the afterword clarified that the book is essentially a novelization [...]

    6. Genre: Fantasy, coming-of-age Synopsis: Max is wild. Life is changing to quickly for him, his mother seems neglectful, his father is gone, and his sister doesn’t want to play anymore. One night, Max dons his wolf suit and wreaks havoc upon the house, shortly before running away and sailing out to the land where the wild things are. Max relates to these beasts, and soon enough, he is made their king, and he must find some way of controlling them, while also making them happy. Review: This is a [...]

    7. I like quite a bit of what Dave Eggers does but I have had a hard time with this story as an adult. Quite clearly, it has affected many of us adults as children and has lent itself space inside the compartments of our brains for many years. I was really excited about the film, especially considering it stars Catherine Keener and there was an Arcade Fire song prominently featured on one of the trailers/previews for it. Lol, I'm a sucker for good music used in films.Anyhow, what I saw in the film [...]

    8. Dave Eggers knows just the right things to do to tap into the deepest wishes of our pop-culturally-conditioned hearts, placing emotion within the kinds of neat things we didn't even knew we desired to see developed. For instance, movie novelizations have always been kind of a joke. They were more popular before home video came into the picture, but still lingered with some popularity for about a decade after. So many of us grew up reading them, and sometimes they'd be neat -- for instance, the " [...]

    9. I was hesitant to pick up Where The Wild Things Are by Dave Eggers because I’m so in love with Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I was afraid that Eggers was going to ruin the beloved chidren’s book.It was hard to think that any author – even Eggers – could capture that whimsy that accompanies the original picture book. Maybe Eggers could get the whimsy, but could he also get the message of how powerless youth are, and how liberating their fantasies can be?In short, yes he cou [...]

    10. Dit verhaal was waar ik op hoopte en meer. Max, oh Max wat beteken je veel voor me. Alle monsters hebben iets gigantisch. Het mooiste aan dit boek zijn de prachtige zinnen die me regelmatig weten te raken en die mooi genoeg zijn om te noteren. Where the wild things are kan ik me allang niet meer herinneren, maar ik krijg meteen zin het weer eens te lenen in de bieb.

    11. DNF at pg. 125. Cool thing about this book: stroking the furry spine as if it were The Monster Book of Monsters from HP.Uncool thing about this book: it is surprisingly boring.

    12. Sendak's book always disturbed me. "We'll eat you up. We love you so." How do you explain that to a 3-year-old. But the book enthralled me tooMax, leading wild rumpusesen coming home. It confused me, worried me.All those mixed feelings are here in this book. Eggers, whom I love, co-wrote the screenplay and then re-adapted the movie for this novel. Haven't seen the film; probably won't.This book disturbs, enthralls, confuses and worries me. But finally, it comforts me.Children lead lively lives i [...]

    13. This is some kind of version and an elaboration on the best children’s book in the world, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It adapts the story to present day and to a young adult audience.I didn’t really expect much from this book, but it turned out to be pretty good. It depicts the inner world and turmoil of a wild boy with surprising accuracy. There are times when Max wonders about his own behavior and reactions, and why things turned out the way they did, and he doesn’t real [...]

    14. The Wild Things is an awesome personal adventure book.Its about a 8 year old boy named Max,and he runs away from home and sails away to find his dad but ends up finding out theres a island filled with what seems to be a family ofBEAST! And Max becomes there king! But hes basicaly on a journey to teach these beast a couple of things.I think the compelling liturary elments was great the setting was very described there wasnt a moment where i was confused to were they were, the characters were very [...]

    15. Sorry, Dave not one of your finer efforts. Please go back to fictionalized journalism like What is the What or Zeitoun, both of which are brilliant and among my favourite novels. I don't mind your autobiographical stuff (and this, I sense, is part of what this is) and I've not read the Sendak book upon which The Wild Things is based (I don't think - or maybe I have but it left no impression, clearly), so it's not that I have any particular allegiance to the original. And it's not even that this [...]

    16. I haven't seen the film but I've read Where the Wild Things Are, of course. Eggers worked on the screenplay with Spike Jonze and this is the book of the film of the book, if you like, which I hadn't quite grasped when I picked it up.So yeah it's pretty good, Eggers writes kids really well and Max's confused anger and general rumpus (his parents split, his sister's 'too old' to play with him) are excellently done. If you've ever done something naughty and wondered what you were thinking you'll un [...]

    17. Ik heb een erg dubbel gevoel bij dit boek. Een mooie thematiek die heel interessant in beeld wordt gebracht maken dit boek de moeite. Jammer genoeg vond ik het boek toch regelmatig wat saai en langdradig, terwijl het niet eens zo'n dik boek is Ik had er meer van verwacht.

    18. O Sítio das Coisas Selvagens' é um sítio mágico onde, contudo, o espírito e a ingenuidade infantis de Max se confundem por vezes com uma maldade não intencional, tornando a sua passagem por este mundo bastante mais realista do que podíamos adivinhar. É um livro simples que explora as "dores" de crescimento e a necessidade de darmos espaço à imaginação das crianças, mesmo que, crescendo, percamos um pouco da nossa criatividade e esperança em mundos mágicos.leiturasmarginais/

    19. I laughed so hard at the depiction of sibling relations and the suburban mom in the opening scenes - they alone make this book worth reading. And loved the idea of a real "Max." A quick read. If I was so inclined, I might go back and analyze each of the monsters to see if they represented some larger aspect of society. Hilarious. It's such a gift to travel with Mr. Eggers from pinpoint accuracy to complete absurdity. He's an excellent driver!

    20. Needed a book to listen to on the dark walk to and from work and chose this from the York Library collection because I remember it being a movie with an interesting poster, and because the idea of children and monsters interacting appeals to some crazy part of me.It's a story of Max, an eight year old, who lives in a world of his own where everything around him is only there for him to enjoy and experience as an adventure. He's kinda selfish, and doesn't realise that he hurts his family, friends [...]

    21. I first read Where the Wild Things Are when I was 7 years old, and instantly fell in love with the bad little boy and the big, scary monsters. I was a bad little girl who loved scary things, and a book about monsters just spoke to me. It became my all time favorite book, and now, when a friend has a child, they receive a copy of the book.So when I heard that the book was being turned into a movie, I was mad. Why? Just leave things alone, I thought. Of course, I hated the movie. Then the Dave Egg [...]

    22. There's nothing wrong with this book, it's actually quite cute and it's very readable. The problem isn't with Dave Eggers' writing, either, because he's a solid writer and there are moments in the book which are adorable. The problem I had with this adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are is that I'm not sure the source material needed an adaptation at all.I have been excited to read this book since it was published, and it's been around for a while. The concept is happy-making and the cover art [...]

    23. This book is so freaking adorable. Everything is from Max's perspective and feels 100% genuine for an 8 year old boy who doesn't understand why his world is coming apart. Max's parents are divorced and his mother is seeing someone else and he feels like the entire world is against him. So, he runs away and finds an island in the middle of the sea filled with huge terrible looking monsters who are just as lost as he is. The monsters kind of stand in for different people in his life in the real wo [...]

    24. I love the film. As I've told anyone who will listen, it's the best thing I've ever seen that reminded me of how wonderful and--more importantly--how terrible being a child is. The book makes that all the more apparent.I get why some wouldn't like this, as it does stray from the film. But to me, that's what makes it unique. Like the film is a companion to the original picture book, this is a companion to those. It builds on somethings that the film had to gloss over, and it leaves some of the vi [...]

    25. I don't think that this book really knew where it wanted to go or what it wanted to do. The beginning is strong in a way that's hard to mess up: a child is having trouble with a difficult situation that is way more adult than he is prepared to deal with, so he runs away from home. I think everyone alive has read Where The Wild Things Are, and I'm aware that this book is inspired by that one and based around the script the of the more recent movie version. What you wind up with, though, is less t [...]

    26. Favorable reviews of the Where the Wild Things Are movie have said that Spike Jonze really remembers what it's like to be a 10-year-old boy. I'm gonna have to argue that point. I like to think that 10-year-old boys are less boring. (Oh, snap! Sorry, Spike!)Dave Eggers, on the other hand, not only REALLY remembers what it's like to be a 10-year-old boy, but Eggers is also a gifted, gifted writer. In the very loose "novel tie-in" (beautifully published by Eggers' McSweeney's imprint) he takes the [...]

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