The Maze in the Heart of the Castle

The Maze in the Heart of the Castle He Was Only Sixteen When Tragedy Struck His name was Colin and although he still couldn t believe it his parents were gone both dead from the plague Scared confused and angry he sought out a mon

  • Title: The Maze in the Heart of the Castle
  • Author: Dorothy Gilman
  • ISBN: 9780449703984
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • He Was Only Sixteen When Tragedy Struck.His name was Colin, and although he still couldn t believe it, his parents were gone, both dead from the plague Scared, confused, and angry, he sought out a monk who told him about a haunted castle on Rheembeck Mountain and the old, strange wizard who lived there Perhaps there Colin would find a way to stop his pain.But inHe Was Only Sixteen When Tragedy Struck.His name was Colin, and although he still couldn t believe it, his parents were gone, both dead from the plague Scared, confused, and angry, he sought out a monk who told him about a haunted castle on Rheembeck Mountain and the old, strange wizard who lived there Perhaps there Colin would find a way to stop his pain.But instead of answers, the wizard showed him a locked oak door Beyond it lay an ancient stone maze that led to a mystical land, a place where bandits roamed freely, where people lived within dark caves, afraid of the light, where cruelty was the way of the world, and where beautiful girls were not always what they seemed.The wizard opened the oak door and invited Colin to enter If Colin came through this strange place alive, he might indeed be able to ease the pain in his heart But once inside, there could be no going back.

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    1. **Reread 2/20/2012** I still love this book. I wish that it were still in print so that I could afford tp buy copies for the children in my life. I buy it pretty much every time I find it on for under $20 and promptly give it away to classroom libraries and kids we know. It makes me kind of sad that more kids don't get to grow with Colin. ***I first read this book when I was ten years old. It was my introduction to the fastasy genre, as up until then, I'd read primarily The Babysitters Club and [...]

    2. My search for this was long because it is out of print but for those who know about it, there is deserved hype. It continues to boggle me that Dorothy Gilman is famous for “Mrs. Pollifax”, collected but not yet read; because her less-known segues as fantastic! I'm sorry the masterful author died this year, 2012. There is a biography I must have and her foray into young adult fantasy is extremely well done. “The Maze In The Heart Of The Castle”, 1983 was a fictitious book within “The Ti [...]

    3. I LOVED this book! You can tell by the date that it's been a few years since I've read this book. I am one of those unfortunate people who can't read more than 10-15 minutes without falling asleep. It doesn't matter what genre it is. This book was the first exception for me. I received it as a gift for Christmas and could not put it down. I'd "go to bed" and read until the wee hours of the morning. I was so drawn in to the adventure and fantasy. It's been long enough now that I don't remember de [...]

    4. Colin is sixteen, and having a difficult time coming to terms with the death of his parents. He is angry and alone, and wants to know why such a thing would happen to him. He travels to a monastery to visit his father's friend, Brother John, and ask him why this terrible thing happened. When Colin refuses to be comforted, Brother John tells him of a magician who lives in an ancient, haunted castle who may offer him something to help answer his questions. Colin finds the castle and the magician, [...]

    5. Cover is false advertising -- at no point does our hero run around with a sword in a castle.Basically a book about a life philosophy in story form. I enjoyed it, but the plot is episodic with a bit too much deus ex machina for me. Admittedly the deus ex machina aspects are somewhat justified by the didactic point the book is trying to make.I did not remember it was related to The Tightrope Walker, which I haven't read in decades but remember enjoying. Guess I'd best dig that out next.

    6. Gilman, known for her teen novels before she reinvented herself as the author of the Mrs. Pollifax and other mysteries, first mentioned this book in The Tightrope Walker. Clearly, she fell in love with the description of this book and then wrote it! It works by itself but I highly recommend The Tightrope Walker too, in which shy heroine Amelia Jones searches her past for clues to a mystery that now confronts and terrifies her

    7. Very good, but I had a lot of questions about name choices and what certain passages symbolized. But more importantly, I'm happy I read a book Carla read when she was 10 and she and I got to discuss it at dinner during our honeymoon. Quite awesome.

    8. Originally, I read this book when I was 11 or 12 years old, and since then, I've always remembered two things: first, the great title (I do like a nice long title), and second, the gnawing sensation that it went a little bit over my head at that time. Nearly two decades later, I decided to give it another try, along with its companion volume, The Tightrope Walker. The Maze in the Heart of the Castle is a strange meta-fictional conceit in that quotes from it, and descriptions of sequences from it [...]

    9. Oh, dear. What a disappointment.I really can't give this three stars.To be honest, maybe if I had read this back in the seventies, when I was about 16, maybe I would have loved it. But I didn't. I read it over the past 2 weeks--far too long a time for a book this short and with so little in it. That's an indication of how un-gripping it was. I kept putting it down and reading other things, and I have finished whole books in between.I've long been aware of D. Gilman's fascination with mystic reli [...]

    10. The Maze in the Heart of the Castle is written more as an allegory than a novel so many of the people that Colin, the hero of the tale, meets are more symbols than they are characters. So they are not developed very well and lack depth but they serve their purpose and get the point across. The journey Colin goes on is one of self discovery and he must face all the different thing that will stop him if he lets them. And because, once again, things seem to be more symbols than anything else many o [...]

    11. My friend Catherine gave me the book The Maze in the Heart of the Castle by Dorthy Gilman. It ended up in my pile of books and finally resurfaced this week. I am so glad it did. This small book has become one of my all-time favorites. This book can be read on two levels - the story of a boy on a quest for a far-off land - or as an allegory, much like The Little Prince.Colin is sixteen when he loses both his parents and finds himself alone in the world. Battling his grief, he begs Brother John to [...]

    12. It's a testament to a young adult book when you can read it for the first time as an adult and still love every minute of it. This book is pure gold and a downright shame at being so rare. It's quick, compelling, with an excellent main characters. Sure, some of the adventures seem to move a little too quickly (after all, you'd think after participating in a war you might need to rest more than a day) or skills a bit overpowered (that slingshot was so accurate and effective!) but the rest is perf [...]

    13. This was a fun adventure story, but parts of it irked me. It seemed like it was written by a new author, who was trying really hard to write something thought-provoking and life lessony but really didn't succeed. Just came out cheesy. She should just stick with Mrs. Pollifax. Sidenote, if I remember right this book is mentioned in her other book, The Tightrope Walker. And that bugged me too. She gives her self just a bit too much credit for how great this book is.

    14. One of the first fantasy books I picked up at the library when I was in 6th grade. I still love this book. I "lost" a copy last year so I could add it to my collection. The librarians forgave me as soon as I paid the lost fee :oD

    15. Reminded me a bit of The Neverending Story. I wish I had read it when I was younger, I would have appreciated it more as a kid.

    16. Coming of age story of Colin who has lost his parents and seemingly everything. On a quest for something more in life he sets out on a journey through a maze to country of Galt. Disappointing.

    17. Read this book when I was a kid then just finished reading it as an adult. Glad i found it again. Was trying to remember the name of it for a long time. Good book

    18. It was okay, but about half-way through it sort of lost me. The characters and world are interesting but are never described in any real depth. Good read, but not a keeper.

    19. AS a middle schooler, oddly enough, I was in love with Gilman's Polifax series. I loved all those stories about a senior citizen spy. I read ]The Tightrope Walker and Caravan and loved those too.Caravanwas my favorite book for a while, right up there with The Outsiders. I was going through a phase where I liked books that made me cry.I had no idea that Ms. Gilman had written books for teens, and it didn't occur to me to find out ifThe Maze in the Heart of the Castlereally existed until I reread [...]

    20. I was rather disappointed when I read this, though that may have been because my expectations were so high. _The Tightrope Walker_ is one of my fave books of all time, so when I learned that Gilman had actually written the book that saved Amelia's life, I was on fire to read it. Unfortunately, I do not feel that the author was able to convey the same magic in a book-length production of the story she told so tantalisingly in _Tightrope Walker_. It was as if a less talented, more jaded author rea [...]

    21. This book really was amazing. I could not put it down. The fantasy part of the story was interesting but there were some philosophical gems embedded in the story that made it a deeply satisfying read. Dorothy Gilman always seems to have a mystical theme in her stories and in this she espouses the theory that Eckhart Tolle talks about years later in his book "The Power of Now". The main character learns, through the hardships he faces, to live in the moment and appreciate life. The sad thing is t [...]

    22. So I read this book when I was 12. In fact it was the first novel I ever read. I can remember a few things about it (for some reason I remember the part where he exits the maze by jumping down from high wall - he had to land and then roll to avoid hurting himself), but mostly that I really liked it and that it really drew me in and kept me reading (which made my mom really happy because before this I hadn't really showed a whole lot of interest in reading).So my rating may not be accurate at all [...]

    23. First read this book in grade school and continued to read it every now and then for a few years. I read it again last year when my fiancé found it and ordered it for me (it's out of print). I loved every page. But my favorite reading of this book was over my husband's shoulder as he read it on the plane ride to our honeymoon destination. Then he and I discussed the book at dinner. It's fun to read and discuss a children's book as an adult.

    24. Dorothy Gilman wrote this book after mentioning it in as a the favorite book of the protagonist in another book of hers, The Tightrope Walker. It was presented as the Best Book in the World, and so it was impossible to meet the expectations I had built up by the time she wrote it, and I got to read it. Plus, I was older than the appropriate audience. It's good, I know that objectively, but how good, I can't say.

    25. This book is one of my all-time favorites. I read it at least once a year. I've read it to all my children. It is a fictional/fantasy story about a boy who learns life's lessons as he travels a road with many obstacles. You finish feeling uplifted and encouraged. Unfortunately, it is out-of-print, and not easy to find.

    26. Loved the fact that the hero was smart. It always annoyed me (and still does) when the main character in YA novels were idiots. Anyway, this was a fun read, way back when. I recommend it for fun to anyone. (So my five star rating and review was what I remebered thinking when I was a kid. I recently reread it and I would definitely knock off a star or two as an adult.)

    27. When I was a teenager my therapist recommended this book to me. I'm not quite sure why, but she said it was one of her favorites. I liked it okay at the time, but was mostly annoyed that I had to read for "therapy". I read it several years later and now I can say that it is one of my favorites. It is full of imagination and adventure.

    28. Sort of a young person's Pilgrim's Progress, though not with an orthodox Christian theology. Colin enters a maze and discovers many unhappy and deluded people who are limiting themselves.Read The Tightrope Walker, a murder mystery by the same author, which references this work and is what led me to read it in the first place.

    29. An exploration of the ability/importance of a person being in control of his/her own thoughtsColin, a boy who thinks he has lost everything, travels through the maze, meeting persons along the way who have become lost in their own, typically negative, thoughts. It is only through truly losing everything that he discovers his ability to control his own reactions to outside stimuli.

    30. This is one of those books like "The Bronze Bow" where the whole book came together in the closing lines. It wasn't terribly fast-paced and it wasn't a page-turner so much, but once I finished it, I really, really liked the moral of the story. It's one of those that I want to own so that my kids, if I ever have any, can read it too.

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