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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun Paperback – 2 July 2019

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing (2 July 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1526609576
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1526609571
  • Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 1,062 ratings

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Funke's sensitive expansion of Del Toro's dark fantasy is a delight ― Guardian

More than just a film spin off , this is a beautiful companion piece and a reminder of the importance of Del Toro's initial vision ― Observer

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

Inspired and beautifully illustratedi Paper

Pan's Labyrinth is a terrific masterpiece, a literary accomplishment that reaches and often rivals its cinematic counterpartStorgy

Reading this is a wonderful re-exploration of a beautiful and terrifying world, merging the horrors of reality and the wonders of fantasy just as well as the film did, if not better ― Cultured Vultures

Not only is this book a fantastic retelling of the film, but it is also a beautifully written expansion that dives into del Toro's mythology in a way that the film couldn't . Harsh, poetic, and visually stunningFan Fest

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 mesmerisingKirkus Reviews, starred review

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

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A thrillingly dark and imaginative novel inspired by Guillermo del Toro's captivating 2006 film, this is a beautiful and haunting modern fairytale by bestselling author Cornelia Funke, featuring gorgeous original illustrations

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Muse
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a brilliant way for me to experience an endlessly fascinating story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2019
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Nia Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting dark fairytale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2019
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Daniele
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2019
This book is a little jewel! I love the film and this book isn't just a narration of the film but it adds flavour to it! Descriptions of places and the psychology of the characters are just amazing. Magic unveils to you by reading this story
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Tristan Sherwin
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful retelling, but has serious pacing problems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful retelling, but has serious pacing problems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2020
Once upon a time—2006, actually—I set out on a quest to watch Pan’s Labyrinth. It was one of those rare and refreshing cinematic experiences that captivated my imagination and made me think, ‘now, here’s something different.’ Since then, I’ve been a huge fan of Del Toro’s storytelling ability, which has taken on something of the nature of the fairy tales he crafts; he weaves gold from straw, beautifully interlacing the world around us with an otherworldly ambience.

Naturally, when I heard that a book was coming, I was curious. Would this work? After all, the treacherous journey from film to book has been attempted many times before, and it’s pathways are strewn with the corpses of prior attempts.

So how does the novelisation measure up to the film?

Well... erm... um... OK... ish, I guess.

The movie obviously has the visual advantage in painting the presence of this dark fairy tale. On the other side, the book gives some glimpses into the story that easily slip through the cracks of the movie—a big plus for the book, and something I enjoyed. The book does convey the same magical story; the enchantment is there, the threat and danger are there, and the depth of characters are certainly there (more so than the film). However, its the prose that lets this adaptation down.

As a plus side, the book attempts to tell this tale in the same way a fairy tale is told. The fairy tales that are layered throughout this story (and which are integral to its background) are told exclusively in this fashion. Whereas, real world events are narrated in a semi-fairy tale way, hinting at us that real life is just a dangerous and otherworldly. I enjoyed this stylistic approach; it suited the mood and nature of the story perfectly. Sadly, from time to time, when the real-world events got dramatic, this semi-tone fashion failed to convey the scenes suitably. It’s wasn’t a problem with word choice etc., but more to do with pace and transition. If there were only a few extra sentences leading in, through and out of these scenes, it would have made a world of difference. This doesn’t happen all the time, though; most of the time, it’s a smooth journey. But when these transition problems turn up, it’s like hitting a pot hole. Which is a shame, because they sadly interrupt what is, in the main, a beautiful retelling of the movie.

To end on a positive note: There’s plenty to enjoy here, and, as a big plus, I don’t believe that you have to have seen the movie to relish this story. That said, for those of us who have seen it, it will make you want to rewatch it again. Which isn’t a bad thing.

Ps. For those who have never seen the film, this is not a fairy tale for kids!
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S. Hackshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good though I prefer the film
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2019
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