Review: Krabat by Otfried Preußler

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Publisher: Harper Collins

Publishing Date: September 2010 (1972)

ISBN: 9780007395125 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4

 

Publisher Description: Set within a world of sorcery and wizardry, much like an 18th Century Harry Potter, Krabat tells the story of a 14-year-old beggar boy lured to a mysterious mill by a series of frightening dreams and apparitions.He becomes an apprentice to the master of the watermill where he joins the eleven other young journeymen who work there. Much to his surprise Krabat soon discovers that the mill is actually a school of black magic and he is expected to learn much more than just a normal miller’s trade.

 Review: Cover art is great.

This was written back in 1971. The author was drafted into the Nazi army right after high school and spent a few years in POW camps. He died in 2013. This was a great read. Even though there is something lost in the translation to English, the message comes through loud and clear. The characters move through the story-line developing awareness as their predicament slowly dawns upon them.  The story line is masterful. It kept me riveted while waiting for the ax to drop. Your hopes and dreams insist to be realized for Krabat whom is struggling under the yoke of an evil apprenticeship.  Hope comes in the form of friends he is forced to work with and a small town girl who shares some of the same dreams as Krabat.

The scene development was a little thin yet I think this was due to developing the emotional impact of the masters cruel behavior and its effect on the apprentices. The translation to English seemed stilted and colloquial at times yet lent this old world quality to it.  Get this, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

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