Dinotopia: das Land jenseits der Zeit

Dinotopia das Land jenseits der Zeit Platon Campanella mit seinem Sonnenstaat oder Thomas Morus mit Utopia viele Philosophen und phantasievolle Tr umer entwarfen immer wieder Vorstellungen vom idealen Staat doch wohl kaum einer hat di

  • Title: Dinotopia: das Land jenseits der Zeit
  • Author: James Gurney
  • ISBN: 345306707X
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Platon, Campanella mit seinem Sonnenstaat oder Thomas Morus mit Utopia, viele Philosophen und phantasievolle Tr umer entwarfen immer wieder Vorstellungen vom idealen Staat, doch wohl kaum einer hat diesen Traum von der friedvollen, perfekten Weltharmonie in so sch nen, eindrucksvollen Bildern aufs Papier gezaubert wie der Amerikaner James Gurney in seinem illustrierten BucPlaton, Campanella mit seinem Sonnenstaat oder Thomas Morus mit Utopia, viele Philosophen und phantasievolle Tr umer entwarfen immer wieder Vorstellungen vom idealen Staat, doch wohl kaum einer hat diesen Traum von der friedvollen, perfekten Weltharmonie in so sch nen, eindrucksvollen Bildern aufs Papier gezaubert wie der Amerikaner James Gurney in seinem illustrierten Buch Dinotopia Seine 400 x 400 km gro e Trauminsel ist ein Land jenseits der Zeit, irgendwo auf unserer Erde Die einzige Kunde, die wir von dort besitzen, ist das Skizzentagebuch des Schiffbr chigen Arthur Denison aus dem Jahre 1860 Sein Bericht entf hrt uns in eine Welt, in der eine kleine menschliche Bev lkerung in einer pantheistischen Gemeinschaft mit riesigen, meist pflanzenfressenden Dinosauriern lebt Denison bereist mit seinem Sohn wie einst Swifts Gulliver in ehrf rchtigem Staunen das unglaubliche Inselreich Die Wasserfallstadt mit ihrer in Worten kaum zu beschreibenden Architektur, die Baumstadt mit ihrer famili ren Gem tlichkeit, oder die Schluchtenstadt mit ihren atemberaubenden, filigranen Natursteinbr cken und den fliegenden Sauriern Pteranodons , die die Menschen transportieren Die gesamte Wirtschaft dieser Gesellschaft ist auf das Zusammenleben mit den Echsen abgestimmt Von der Brutstation angefangen, in der Menschen die Brutpflege der Echsen betreiben bis zur Verwertung des Dinosaurierdungs, alles wird von den beiden, die Insel dominierenden Lebensformen, den Menschen und den Sauriern, in enger Abstimmung in gemeinsamer Verantwortung gelebt Vielleicht das berraschendste dabei ist, da es in Gurneys Buch Saurierarten gibt, die in punkto Intelligenz, Schrift und Sprache den Menschen in nichts nachstehen Mit unglaublicher Liebe zum Detail schildert uns der Autor seine von ihm erdachte Welt Sowohl im begleitenden Text seines Tagebuches als auch in seinen farbenpr chtig kolorierten Zeichnungen achtet Gurney auf biologische und wissenschaftliche Genauigkeit Ein Spitzweg der Saurierwelt, der uns ber Musikinstrumente Drachenh rner , Kristalleuchtsignale auf T rmen als Nachrichten bermittler oder Saurier als Babysitter, Turnger te und Spielkameraden ins Bild setzt Die von Gurney zum Bau der kolossalen St dte dargestellte Technik ist unkonventionell und manchmal etwas klobig und primitiv, bedenkt man jedoch andererseits, mit welcher gigantischen K rperkraft die Dinosaurier ausgestattet sein m ssen, so erscheinen dem Betrachter einfamilienhausgro e Zugwagen mit Deichsel kaum mehr exotisch In bester Hitchcock Manier pr sentiert sich der Autor brigens auch selbst am Anfang des Buches, er stellt sich in einer altert mlichen Universit tsbibliothek dar wie er zuf llig unter anderen dicken ledergebundenen Folianten besagtes Tagebuch der 1860 verschollenen Will und Arthur Denison entdeckt Insgesamt ein durch und durch gelungenes Bilderbuch, das sich von der derzeit wilden Vermarktung der Dinosaurier eindrucksvoll abhebt, weil der Autor auf das Niveau und die Qualit t der Unterhaltung seiner Leser und Betrachter sehr viel Wert gelegt hat Manuela Haselberger

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    1. This fanciful retelling of "The Land that Time Forgot" would just be a passable (if fun) story if not for Gurney's rather lovely artwork. His imagining of his new and strange world carries a depth and weight that, to be trite, truly transports you there--but then, that's what he built his career on.A competent draughtsman who plied his imagining of ancient Egyptian rituals and architectural recreations in the pages of National Geographic, Gurney's style evokes the travelogue of a naturalist (whi [...]

    2. Cuando yo era niño (that is, early nineties) los dinosaurios estaban de nuevo de moda. No es que fuera yo conquistado por ese amor incondicional que le tienen los niños pequeños a los grandes y extintos reptiles. Era que literalmente los dinosaurios estaban en todas partes. La paleontología estaba de moda, salían fascículos de DeAgostini que compraba sin falta cada domingo, había suplementos en los periódicos y las jugueterías estaban repletas.El responsable de todo esto se llamó, por [...]

    3. A very exceptional book, in many ways. Readers of this critique, please don't think that I'm giving this book five stars simply because it was a childhood favorite (and I openly admit to having loved this book since I was a child). Dinotopia is the kind of book that is so easy laugh at at the mere description: two travelers stumble on a hidden island where humans and dinosaurs live together! Break out the grenades, cavewomen, and giant apes, right? The reason Dinotopia deserves five stars is tha [...]

    4. Jeg ville have ELSKET den her bog i min dinosaur-besatte barndom! En af mine første historier (skrevet af og om 10-årige Nanna) hed 'På eventyr i kridttiden' og handlede om en tidsrejseamulet. Det var meningen at der skulle være dinosaurer med. Mange af dem. Men jeg nåede kun at tegne forsiden med en Triceratops og de tre hovedpersoner før jeg gik død på første side.Har læst DINOTOPIA højt for min syvårige dino-fan herhjemme. Sproget er lidt gammeldags, og der er ikke rigtig noget pl [...]

    5. One the most beautiful, creative books I've read in a while. It's one of those stories that really brings me back to the simplicity and honesty of the natural world. The most memorable part for me (besides the absolutely gorgeous illustrations) about their conception of time. "You of the west," Malik said, "think of time moving in a straight line, from past to present to future. Your eastern brothers regard time as a circle, returning endlessly in a cycle of decay and rebirth. Both ideas have a [...]

    6. I don’t normally review children’s book, but I was recently reminded of this story that I read with my dad growing up. This is a “MUST READ” for all kids and particularly fans of dinosaurs as far as I’m concerned. The art in this book is reason alone to pick it up (or any in the series). The pictures were mesmerizing growing up and I remember often just staring through it. The story is also wonderful and a great compliment. What makes this book particularly good, however, is that the s [...]

    7. This is one of my favorite books to read and I love that I get to share it with my daughter. I remember going to to the library as a young child and always taking out this book or patiently waiting for someone to return it so that I could take it out. The story is about Will and his father after this get into a ship wreck and land on an unknown island that they find out is filled with dinosaurs living with people in harmony. It's their journey of getting to know the people, dinosaurs and their c [...]

    8. This book is, in a word, extraordinary. The artwork is sublime in its beauty conjuring images of a land lost to time yet not so lost as to be forgotten. That is, it feels like the place could actually exist in our world. Also, Gurney's talent for historical illustration is evident in all of the paintings herein; the Dinosaur Abu Simbel is breathtaking. In terms of story, it is a great homage to Jules Verne's work and a moving tale of discovery in its own right. I will DEFINITELY be reading the s [...]

    9. I remember being a kid, looking at this in my local library. I was too young to read it, but would stare at the pictures, entranced, imagining what the story was. This weekend, I came across a copy in a used bookstore and decided it would be mine! I was not disappointed. For a grownup, this is a fast read - a fun introduction to a fantasy world where humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. Of course, the illustrations are gorgeous.Similar title:Gnomes by Wil Huygen

    10. I adored this illustrated story as a child. Rereading it as an adult confirmed the enduring magnificence of the illustrations and also the story's powerful evocation of wonder. Gurney is far from a Darwinian ideologue. Much of the narrative seems to hint at a desire for a sort of Jeffersonian and Edenic world in which violence is eradicated and the pristinity of the natural world is retained even as a high civilization develops within it. And the obvious addition of dinosaurs makes this attracti [...]

    11. I owned a copy of this book as a kid and flipped through it countless times, to admire the beautiful illustrations. I never actually read it until this year, and what do you know? The writing is actually pretty great too. What's more the interplay between the images and the text is very well handled. The whole story is a great exercise in world building.

    12. When I was in primary school this book was one of my favourites in the library. I read it over and over and I especially adored the illustrations, which are stunning.

    13. 1) Deutsche Rezension2) English Review1) Deutsche RezensionDieses Buch ist zu gleichen Teilen interessant und lächerlich. Und das so ziemlich von Beginn an.Sicher, der Autor konnte damals nichts von den „Federn“ auf einem Protoceratops wissen aber ich denke nicht, dass man es als leguanartig mit einem Papageienschnabel beschreiben kann. Zudem hat diese Insel eine Menge Tierarten aus allen möglichen Stellen der Erdgeschichte, wo man sich wirklich fragen muss, wie das möglich sein soll.Die [...]

    14. When I was little I read Swiss Family Robinson at least I assume I did. I don't remember actually reading it (the first time), only having known that I had. Whatever the circumstances, the story was one that fascinated me and stuck with me for a long, long time. The story of the shipwreck and having to find a way to live on a deserted island has been the basis of many (many) of my dreams over the years and there is always something about those types of stories that draw me in immediately.The fi [...]

    15. I'm going to start this review by saying this is one of my favorite books, and has been since I was in fourth grade. To get us back into the learning mood after recess, my teacher would read us a few pages of Dinotopia everyday (until she eventually had to move on to other books, since this isn't very long). But she wasn't reading fast enough for me, so I begged my Mom to get the book for me from the library. I fell in love with the gorgeous illustrations. I fell in love with the world. I just f [...]

    16. Absolutely beautiful book: would recommend this without hesitation to anyone even remotely interested. This is a fantasy art treasure trove, disguised charmingly as a found journal. The journal entries, and accompanying art, document the lives of a father and son who, in the 1800s, survive being lost at sea. They're marooned on an island trapped in time, where dinosaurs not only still roam but live in concert with people. The story has an old-world class to it and the journal style allows a lot [...]

    17. I realize that I'm waaaaay late to this party, but I just randomly found this book in the library, and I have never even heard Dinotopia before. I'm ridiculously excited.My biggest problem with Jurassic Park has always been that I would have loved to just watch scientists doing science stuff, instead of any of the screaming and the running and this book does exactly that. It is not an adventure novel, but an explorer's journal, full of sketches of everyday life in great, vivid, amazingly creativ [...]

    18. The cover has a really nice virbrant painting. If that wasn't good enough the painting wraps around to the spine and back of the book. Unfortunately the dust jacket of the book is torn up along the edges. This really detracts from the overall appearance. On the inner cover there is an inscription from grandma indicating the book was a birthday gift in 1994. It doesnt really go well with the rest of the book and hurts the resale value. There is also what appears to be chocolate stains (what i hop [...]

    19. I was obsessed with dinosaurs when I was a child and although I've had this book since then and have seen bits and pieces of the TV show based on it, I'd never actually read the book until now. What a gorgeous, magical, rich and utterly believable world Gurney has created. I want to live atop an oak in Tree Town, fly through the skies on a Skybax and explore the caves of the World Beneath (in the next book, hooray). The artwork is superb and intricately detailed and the storytelling assured and [...]

    20. This was easily one of the most formative books of my childhood; every time I re-read it I get a lovely warm glow of nostalgia. The illustrations/paintings are remarkable, the story full of the same energy and whimsy and wonder of the great adventure classics like Journey to the Center of the Earth and Treasure Island, and the characters -- human and saurian -- are great. (But yeah, weren't the early 90s AMAZING for the dinosaur-obsessed? Jurassic Park, Dinotopia -- hell, even the Power Rangers [...]

    21. I have fond memories of checking this book out from the library as a child. I bought this for my daughter so she can enjoy it too. "Dinotopia" is a great little fantasy, beautifully illustrated, about an island in the Pacific where humans and dinosaurs have lived together for thousands of years. The book is written in the style of a nineteenth century scientist's field journal, which only adds to the fun. There is some warmed-over subtext about living in harmony with nature, or something like th [...]

    22. I received this book as a gift from my mom. I love children's books. This is wonderfully told and illustrated!! I have read this book several times to my 6th grade advisory kids. I have created quizzes and projects to go along with it. One project was to have each student draw their best tree houses. The art has been amazing.

    23. I absolutely LOVE this book!!! I got it when I was about 3years old and forced my parents to read it a thousand times before I was able to read it on my own. This was the book that really motivated me when learning to read was boring. Even now I still read it at least once a year and it never gets boring. I'd be surprised if there is a kid that doesn't like this book.

    24. It is one of the best illustrated books I have read, comparing to Faeries and J.R.R.Tolkien. This is because it is a made up world, contructed over hard evidence and with a lot of fantasy and imagination. In the prologue and after de story, there is a lot of information about the author, the process, etc. It has so much work on it, and everything is taken care of, every detail possible. It is like reading a real explorer or scientific journal, even on the illustrations (talked about by the autho [...]

    25. I loved the artwork in this book - the spreads especially are absolutely gorgeous. The text was enjoyable, but unexceptional - I feel almost like the story was simply an excuse for the art, and in a few places got in the way more than it supported the visual narrative. I almost think that Gurney would have been more successful in this with an approach more akin to the Mysteries of Harris Burdick - just enough text to connect and imply a larger story from the art, rather than the art illustrating [...]

    26. My parents gave this book to me when I was a child and it was one of the most mesmerizing reads I ever had the thrill of enjoying.When I found out that HBO made a live action tv series "very loosely" based on the book, I became riled because they made the story in our modern time and it lacked all of the magic of the book.Getting back to the actual book, the story of two castaway humans that ended up stranded in a strange island where humans live with dinosaurs in harmony was interesting, but th [...]

    27. I knew I was going to love this book the minute I went into it because growing up I used to watch the movie religiously. I did not know that it was a book series growing up, and when I found it as an adult, I had to have it! The story is unique, and the world building is so amazing, especially for being considered a children’s book. The illustrations in this book. OMG! Amazing! Some of the most beautiful artwork can be found within this book. I will say that I feel that it may be a little adva [...]

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