Clockwork (After Words)


Clockwork (After Words) 

by Philip Pullman, Leonid Gore (Illustrator)
Clockwork (After Words) 3.7 of 5 stars3.7 of 5 stars3.7 of 5 stars3.7 of 5 stars3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details ·  1,036 ratings ·  166 reviews
While Philip Pullman’s greatest popularity is as a creator of novel-length magical realism for young adults, such as The Golden Compass, he continues to explore and stretch the limits of other children’s and young adult genres. Clockwork is no exception. With its inspiration lying solidly in the German romantic tradition of E.T.A. Hoffmann and the Brothers Grimm, the story…moreWhile Philip Pullman’s greatest popularity is as a creator of novel-length magical realism for young adults, such as The Golden Compass, he continues to explore and stretch the limits of other children’s and young adult genres. Clockwork is no exception. With its inspiration lying solidly in the German romantic tradition of E.T.A. Hoffmann and the Brothers Grimm, the story begins, as all good fairy tales do, with someone whose human weakness sets events inescapably in motion. As the townspeople of Glockenheim gather in the White Horse Tavern on the eve of the unveiling of a new figure for their great town clock, Karl, the clockmaker’s apprentice, reveals to Fritz, a young storyteller, that he has not been able to construct the figure. A new clock figure is expected of all apprentices, and Karl is the first in hundreds of years to fail. Fritz, in his turn, has the beginnings of a new story to tell, and as it rolls off his tongue, its dark antagonist materializes and offers Karl his dearest wish. Not surprisingly, Karl’s Faustian pact brings him destruction, but an innocent child is the deus ex machina that saves another child and the spirit of the town from seemingly ineluctable oblivion. With its eerie black-and-white illustrations by Leonid Gore and its happily-ever-after ending to some thrilling suspense, Clockwork is a fine fairy tale for younger children and a thought-provoking twist on the art of narrative for older ones. –Barrie Trinkle(less)
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Scholastic (first published 1995)
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ISBN
043985623X (ISBN13: 9780439856232)
original title
Clockwork (After Words)
Oct 10, 2009
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review direkomendasiin sm mba vera..
g nyangka isinya serem jg ya.. untuk kelompok novel anak kyknya agak ‘terlalu seram’.
ceritanya unik, dimulai dari cerita mr. Fritz di sebuah cafe yang ternyata di tengah2 jd kenyataan. sang tokoh ‘seram’ datang ke tengah cafe nan dingin. orang2 ketakutan dn memilih aman dengan menembus gempuran hujan salju. 

cerita yang belum selesai itu tak jelas hujungnya.. Fritz -yang terlalu takut- tidak mau bertanggung jawab, ia terbirit meninggalkan kota..…moredirekomendasiin sm mba vera..
g nyangka isinya serem jg ya.. untuk kelompok novel anak kyknya agak ‘terlalu seram’.
ceritanya unik, dimulai dari cerita mr. Fritz di sebuah cafe yang ternyata di tengah2 jd kenyataan. sang tokoh ‘seram’ datang ke tengah cafe nan dingin. orang2 ketakutan dn memilih aman dengan menembus gempuran hujan salju.

cerita yang belum selesai itu tak jelas hujungnya.. Fritz -yang terlalu takut- tidak mau bertanggung jawab, ia terbirit meninggalkan kota..

sang monster besi, Mr.Ironsoul (kl g salah, agak lupa nama2nya) akhirnya menelan korban. Karl, yang berniat buruk -karena ketamakan dan kebingungannya- tergeletak jatuh tersungkur di ujung pedang kecil yang mematikan.

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cerita diakhiri dengan gemerlap..
sinar mentari pagi menyilaukan membuat para penduduk desa yang sejak pagi menunggu munculnya patung dari jam -besar- kota. patung yang mengejutkan -karena dianggap begitu sempurna, begitu hidup- itu tak lain adalah sang pangeran -yang terbuat dari emas dan perak- dan anak sang pemilik cafe yang sejak malam terperangkap dalam jam raksasa tersebut.
pangeran telah menjadi manusia seutuhnya.. apa bisa ya?🙂

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