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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

51 review for Jimbo: A Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Gorgeously written tale of a child’s initiation into next stage of life, of self-sacrificing love, of facing the guardian of the threshold and escaping the prison of one’s own making. It is more than a little reminiscent of George MacDonald latter, more esoteric novels though I’d say that it is definitely more accessible, more instantly enjoyable than, say, MacDonald’s “Lilith”. This is not, mainly, a horror novel: it is filled with disconcerting dream-imagery and has its share of horror-inducin Gorgeously written tale of a child’s initiation into next stage of life, of self-sacrificing love, of facing the guardian of the threshold and escaping the prison of one’s own making. It is more than a little reminiscent of George MacDonald latter, more esoteric novels though I’d say that it is definitely more accessible, more instantly enjoyable than, say, MacDonald’s “Lilith”. This is not, mainly, a horror novel: it is filled with disconcerting dream-imagery and has its share of horror-inducing moments, but there is as much, if not more, warmth and beauty in here, and the tale is ultimately a positive one. Like his contemporary, Machen, Blackwood is cursed by being remembered primarily as a horror writer when that constitutes only a limited portion of what he did. I can, to a point, agree with those who wrote that this novel would‘ve benefited greatly from the removal of some extraneous fat (this is more of less tue of all of Blackwood‘s novels that I’ve read), but his prose – beautiful, energetic and playful – makes up for it. One never feels like one is wasting time when reading Blackwood in this mode – right up from the nostalgic descriptions in the opening chapters, filled with child‘s animistic view of the surrounding world, you can feel the joy he felt in the very act of writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    GD

    I've read a couple of Algernon Blackwood's short stories, including the famous "Wendigo," and liked them, but this was an excruciating little novel. One of my very least favorite things to read is dream sequences, I can't explain why I find them so boring, and most of this book is a giant dream sequence. The plot was kind of neat, about an imaginative kid who gets injured by a bull, and lives in this weird netherworld while his body in real life is fighting to stay alive, and the reader gets the I've read a couple of Algernon Blackwood's short stories, including the famous "Wendigo," and liked them, but this was an excruciating little novel. One of my very least favorite things to read is dream sequences, I can't explain why I find them so boring, and most of this book is a giant dream sequence. The plot was kind of neat, about an imaginative kid who gets injured by a bull, and lives in this weird netherworld while his body in real life is fighting to stay alive, and the reader gets the idea that if he dies in the netherworld he'll die in real life, and if he can't cleanly escape the netherworld he'll be a vegetable in real life. Ok. But goddamn it was boring. The book spends most of its time describing how this kid learns to fly with his governess with his new wings. If you hated Jonathan Livingston Seagull like I did, you'll totally fucking hate this one too, haha. Not interesting, not at all scary, ending was super flat. Avoid this. .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marina (Sonnenbarke)

    Recensione originale: https://sonnenbarke.wordpress.com/201... Questo romanzo, pubblicato originariamente nel 1909, può essere scaricato gratuitamente (in lingua originale inglese) da Project Gutenberg. Non mi risulta che esista una traduzione in italiano. Algernon Blackwood è uno scrittore inglese nato nel 1869 e morto nel 1951, autore di racconti e romanzi del genere horror soprannaturale e cosiddetto weird fiction. Ha scritto molti libri ma non ci sono molte traduzioni in italiano. Ad oggi, cre Recensione originale: https://sonnenbarke.wordpress.com/201... Questo romanzo, pubblicato originariamente nel 1909, può essere scaricato gratuitamente (in lingua originale inglese) da Project Gutenberg. Non mi risulta che esista una traduzione in italiano. Algernon Blackwood è uno scrittore inglese nato nel 1869 e morto nel 1951, autore di racconti e romanzi del genere horror soprannaturale e cosiddetto weird fiction. Ha scritto molti libri ma non ci sono molte traduzioni in italiano. Ad oggi, credo che gli unici suoi libri tradotti siano Wendigo, che uscirà fra pochi giorni, il 31 ottobre, per la piccola casa editrice veneta Adiaphora, John Silence e altri incubi, pubblicato nel 2010 da UTET e Discesa in Egitto, pubblicato dalla piccola e interessantissima casa editrice Hypnos, dedicata soprattutto alla weird fiction. Per parte mia, ho letto altri tre suoi libri in inglese, oltre a questo: The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, The Wendigo e The Willows. Personalmente, è un autore che adoro. L'ho scoperto appena un anno fa grazie a un gruppo su Goodreads che si chiama Literary Darkness e che, come dice il titolo, si occupa di tutto ciò che è variamente "oscuro" e "dark" in letteratura, dall'horror alla weird fiction, dal soprannaturale al gotico. Temo che non possiate vederlo se non siete iscritti, ma se siete su Goodreads e vi piace il genere ve lo consiglio con tutto il cuore: io non lo frequento, nel senso che non ci scrivo, ma seguo con attenzione le raccomandazioni, in particolare dando uno sguardo alla bookshelf. È così che ho scoperto Blackwood e mi sono innamorata ciecamente, appassionatamente. Ora sto cercando piano piano di leggere i suoi libri che trovo perlopiù sul già citato Project Gutenberg. Ma veniamo al libro. Questo è un romanzo un po' anomalo nella produzione letteraria di Blackwood, nel senso che il protagonista è un bambino, e sembra iniziare come un libro per bambini. Ci troviamo di fronte alla numerosa famiglia Stone, di cui fa parte il piccolo James detto Jimbo, un bambino dalla fantasia sfrenata, forse oltre quello che è usuale per la sua età. Per "curarlo" da questa sua immaginazione ipertrofica, il padre assume una governante che possa rendere più razionali lui e i suoi numerosi fratelli e sorelle. Tuttavia, la giovanissima governante ottiene purtroppo l'effetto opposto. I bambini sono affascinati da quella che chiamano la "Casa Vuota" (da notare che The Empty House è il titolo di un altro racconto di Blackwood) e pensano che sia popolata da esseri misteriosi ma buoni. La governante, per far loro passare questa fantasia, racconta loro una storia secondo cui la Casa Vuota sarebbe invece popolata da mostri terribili. La sua speranza è che così i bambini allontanino la loro attenzione dalla casa, dedicandosi invece ad altre attività meno fantasiose. Beh, con Jimbo questo non solo non funziona, ma sortisce l'effetto contrario: il bambino si spaventa terribilmente e crede fermamente alla storia della governante. Un giorno, scappando dalle vicinanze della casa dove si era spinto senza accorgersene, finisce in un allevamento di mucche e viene incornato da un toro, finendo in grave pericolo. Il bambino perde conoscenza e cade in una sorta di brevissimo coma che, scopriremo, durerà appena tre ore: sufficienti, però, per scatenare la sua fantasia (e quella dell'autore) in un'esperienza extra-corporea fantastica e orribile. Jimbo si ritrova dunque nella Casa Vuota in compagnia della governante, di un mostro chiamato Fright (terrore, spavento) e di tanti bambini spettrali che sembrano chiamarlo a sé. Questa esperienza extra-corporea e più o meno orrorifica occupa la maggior parte del romanzo. Il libro, seppure come dicevo anomalo nella produzione di Blackwood, è secondo me stupendo, in quanto descrive questa esperienza extra-corporea come un'esperienza soprannaturale dalle atmosfere vagamente horror. Probabilmente può essere comunque letto come un libro per bambini e forse è per questo che ad alcuni recensori non è piaciuto, ma anche come libro per l'infanzia è anomalo, perché penso che leggendolo un bambino si spaventerebbe molto, a meno che non sia già grandicello. Ad ogni modo è certamente un romanzo che può essere letto dagli adulti, e in effetti io penso che il target sia proprio un pubblico adulto. Lo consiglio vivamente.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick Mariner

    This was my first shot at Algernon Blackwood, and I wasn't disappointed. A novella-sized story about a boy's out-of-body experience, it was filled with wonder and fright and hope. I think the low reviews it is getting here are people who don't want to swallow what they're reading, or more plainly want the split between reality and irreality to be more camouflaged. Moments in this book, especially the Frightened Children, remain with me as some of the most unsettling in all my reading experience, This was my first shot at Algernon Blackwood, and I wasn't disappointed. A novella-sized story about a boy's out-of-body experience, it was filled with wonder and fright and hope. I think the low reviews it is getting here are people who don't want to swallow what they're reading, or more plainly want the split between reality and irreality to be more camouflaged. Moments in this book, especially the Frightened Children, remain with me as some of the most unsettling in all my reading experience, comparable to the work of Poe and Lovecraft (who by the way cites Blackwood as an influence and equivalent in English lit). I liked this tale very much and look forward to reading more of Blackwood's work very soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    I found this story odd, eerie, disturbing and fantastical. It would give a young kid nightmares. I really enjoyed the role of the governess and the sacrifice she makes to save the boy. I am kind of surprised the story is not more famous.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    So many similarities to the plot of the movie Insidious. The lost little boy in the world of spectral bodies, the old scary house as a central location for his entrapment. The dark, evil male presence residing over the house, attempting to hinder his escape (in this case, directly identified as Fear). The thing is, this was written over a hundred years before Insidious. The filmmakers make no references or accreditation to Jimbo, that I'm aware of, so it makes you wonder...Regardless, I thought So many similarities to the plot of the movie Insidious. The lost little boy in the world of spectral bodies, the old scary house as a central location for his entrapment. The dark, evil male presence residing over the house, attempting to hinder his escape (in this case, directly identified as Fear). The thing is, this was written over a hundred years before Insidious. The filmmakers make no references or accreditation to Jimbo, that I'm aware of, so it makes you wonder...Regardless, I thought it was a great read. I love Blackwood's imaginative metaphors and euphemisms. And his way of turning seemingly simple aspects of life into fear-evoking concepts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimbolimbo

    BORING. This was an out of body experience of a young boy after he was severely injured. It was so boring. And in some ways this book seemed to have a slightly inappropriate relationship between a 7 year old and his governess that made me cringe.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It was an interesting story, though I'm not really sure it needed to be nearly as long as it was. Built up its own world of metaphysics, and you can see how it would've influenced Lovecraft. It was an interesting story, though I'm not really sure it needed to be nearly as long as it was. Built up its own world of metaphysics, and you can see how it would've influenced Lovecraft.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roxie Prince

    Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. ‘Jimbo: A Fantasy’ by Algernon Blackwood ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Finished on April 10, 2018 $1.99 on Kindle | $5.90 in Paperback | $24.95 in Hardcover BOOK DESCRIPTION: Eight-year-old James Stone, nicknamed Jimbo’, is an extremely imaginative child. So much so that his father worries about his future. He resolves to get Jimbo (and his siblings by proxy) a governess with a rational, decidedly unimaginative disposition to hopefully rid the boy of his whimsy Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. ‘Jimbo: A Fantasy’ by Algernon Blackwood ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Finished on April 10, 2018 $1.99 on Kindle | $5.90 in Paperback | $24.95 in Hardcover BOOK DESCRIPTION: Eight-year-old James Stone, nicknamed Jimbo’, is an extremely imaginative child. So much so that his father worries about his future. He resolves to get Jimbo (and his siblings by proxy) a governess with a rational, decidedly unimaginative disposition to hopefully rid the boy of his whimsy. Ethel Lake seems to fit the bill. Jimbo and his siblings have created, in their young minds, an elaborate history surrounding an abandoned house near their home. When Miss Lake learns of this, she takes this as her chance to squash Jimbo’s imagination. But in doing so, she gives him the fright of his life. Shortly after Ethel’s fright, Jimbo gravely injures himself. He gets spooked near the Empty House and runs in terror. Without realizing it, he flees into a cattle field and is pursued by an angry bull. He’s no match for the huge creature. The bull picks him up with its horns and throws him over the field’s fence. Landing hard, Jimbo suffers head trauma. Unconscious, Jimbo finds himself devoid of memories and trapped in the Empty House at the mercy of Fright himself. With the help of an unlikely friend, Jimbo must do everything he can to escape and return to his body. MY REVIEW: ‘Jimbo: A Fantasy’ is one of my favorite books of all time by one of my favorite authors of all time. Every couple of years, I get the urge to read this book, and it never disappoints me. I will never forget the first time I read this. I was struck so much by its simple beauty that it gave me goosebumps. Blackwood is a master of horror, and ‘Jimbo’ proves he is capable of writing charming (while still creepy) fantasy, too. This book is targeted at young audiences, but it’s enjoyable for adults, too. Jimbo is the picture of a whimsical child, and he brings the reader back to their earliest, more imaginative memories. His father’s decided reluctance to allow his son to grow up to be a creative soul is a direct testament to what happens to us all as we grow up. We lose our fancifulness in order to conform to a strict world. The time Jimbo spends in the Empty House is creepy enough to scare its target audience while complex enough to appeal to older readers. It’s an elaborate, beautifully-written account of an out of body experience. It’s a story of friendship, forgiveness, love, and overcoming fear. I’m sure I will continue to re-read this book throughout my life. It’s just one of those stories that sticks with you -- that touches you in the most tender spots -- for the rest of your life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ida Aasebøstøl

    could use some editing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    There exists a class of art for which any form of rating is a poor reflection of its actual worth, and for which one's ultimate opinion often entirely depends on the precise nature of what one seeks from it. Some works are in this class because they are so novel in execution, expression, or theme that no one can agree on a scale or standard to grade them. Others, though expressing normal ideas through normal means with normal techniques, become controversial on account of changes in the society There exists a class of art for which any form of rating is a poor reflection of its actual worth, and for which one's ultimate opinion often entirely depends on the precise nature of what one seeks from it. Some works are in this class because they are so novel in execution, expression, or theme that no one can agree on a scale or standard to grade them. Others, though expressing normal ideas through normal means with normal techniques, become controversial on account of changes in the society around them, such that the ideas they convey take new significance, or some feature in the work itself is perceived differently. Jimbo, unfortunately, falls into this class for a third, less lofty, and far too common reason, which can be very simply stated: it is utterly brilliant in some aspects and utterly lacking in others. The writing is gloriously executed: the text crackles with freshness, the descriptions are stunning, vivid, and powerful, and even the occasional clichés are situated in an unobtrusive manner. The settings are at times even more stunning, and the book as a whole feels like a particularly memorable dream. I cannot describe how excellent this aspect of the book is--I have not read such beauty in a long time--and I would gladly say that the other aspects of the book were like this if I could. The central theme--a child's psychological journey whilst unconscious--is very original. Alas, this is not the case. I will hide the details of why the other aspects are not as satisfactory, not for the sake of keeping the book interesting, but for the sake of keeping its insipidness from killing any interest in this work--for the beauty of the book is worth the other problems. (view spoiler)[I admit the plot is generally acceptable until right before the book ends. The main character is a young child named Jimbo, who has a very active imagination, and loves to fantasize about things. His father discovers this, and, thinking it a weakness to be corrected, hires a governess for the sake of "frightening the nonsense out of the boy". The governess arrives, but is only able to convince Jimbo and his siblings that a nearby abandoned house may very well be dangerous before she is fired for her ineffectiveness. This thought, however, has a profound effect on Jimbo, who now knows fear for the first time in his life. One day, Jimbo climbs over a fence and wanders out into a meadow near his house--a meadow well known for being the domain of a farmer's bull. While playing, he has an attack of terror. As he runs back towards the fence, the bull appears, charges at him, and hits him with his horn just as he reaches the top of the fence, knocking him over the fence and onto his head, rendering him unconscious. After this comes the main part of the story, consisting entirely of a fantasy Jimbo has whilst unconscious, in a world composed of the jumbled fragments of the perceptions he experienced before being knocked out. Forgetting everything about his existence in the physical world, he finds himself waking up in the same position as before, and is immediately carried off to the Empty House by a large, terrifying dark figure known as Fright, who locks him in a dark room. We then are introduced to the "Frightened Children--the children who,like Jimbo, have been scared by people in their lives and have suffered from it--and discover a hooded figure who turns out to be Miss Lake. Over the next ten chapters or so, Jimbo is cared for by Miss Lake, loses weight, sprouts wings, and learns to fly from her. He spends much of the remainder of the book preparing to escape his prison via nightly flights with Miss Lake, during which he learns about various things to avoid, to use, and to remember--among them a warning against flying towards the moon. One day, Miss Lake fails to show up, and Fright begins to play psychological tricks on Jimbo. Jimbo realizes it is time to escape, and does so at the last possible moment, when Fright is about to claim him permanently. He flies into the night, with Fright pursuing him. Eventually, Jumbo flies out of the atmosphere and into the realm between planets and stars (This part is truly, fantastically written, though based strongly in the Victorian theories of the contents of space), and ends up flying too high and being sucked into the moon. And there his coma fantasy ends abruptly, much to the eternal disappointment of the reader. He returns to consciousness, learns that Miss Lake in reality had died soon after being fired, and, it is implied, makes a full recovery. (hide spoiler)] Aside from the hobbled and disappointing ending, the main flaws lie in a complete lack of development of the protagonist, which would have greatly enhanced the story's effect were it present. The main character shows no visible emotion or expression, and the other characters are only marginally differentiated, though they are not so similar as to be interchangeable. Overall, however, I feel that this is an excellent book, if only for the superb and beautiful writing it contains.

  12. 5 out of 5

    mzbeastle

    I value Algernon Blackwood stories - he has written some of the scariest, creepiest, deeply disturbing horror stories I have ever read. This, alas, was not one of them. Instead, it was something different. It was well done, in that it allowed my imagination to run along with Jimbo, making me ALMOST remember my childhood in a visceral way, only to have it dissolve like sugar in hot water...but that is the draw (for me) about this author's writing. I get glimpses of "something" deep in my psyche w I value Algernon Blackwood stories - he has written some of the scariest, creepiest, deeply disturbing horror stories I have ever read. This, alas, was not one of them. Instead, it was something different. It was well done, in that it allowed my imagination to run along with Jimbo, making me ALMOST remember my childhood in a visceral way, only to have it dissolve like sugar in hot water...but that is the draw (for me) about this author's writing. I get glimpses of "something" deep in my psyche which only he can trigger with his haunting poetic way with words. I must mention, Lord Dunsany is a master of revealing glimpses of things past, drawing scenes in my mind that I never knew existed. I am sure Algernon Blackwood was a fan of his. So, for that, I'm good with this story. But I certainly like his true horror tales much more!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    3 1/2 stars. Too long but beautiully written. I think I prefer Blackwood's short stories or novellas. I could have cut half of this out. The ending was visible a mile away yet still too abrupt. But the imagery is what kept me reading. He writes about nature unlike anyone else I've read. I think this was his first published novel/work and it shows. Recommended for hard core Blackwood fans, lovers of eerie child literature, involving the imagination. Not everything that a child imagines is happy a 3 1/2 stars. Too long but beautiully written. I think I prefer Blackwood's short stories or novellas. I could have cut half of this out. The ending was visible a mile away yet still too abrupt. But the imagery is what kept me reading. He writes about nature unlike anyone else I've read. I think this was his first published novel/work and it shows. Recommended for hard core Blackwood fans, lovers of eerie child literature, involving the imagination. Not everything that a child imagines is happy and innocent.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C. Williams

    One of Algernon Blackwood's earliest novels. While not usually listed with Blackwood's stories for children, it has the feel of an Alice in Wonderland story. The imagery is vivid and twisted, although hindered somewhat by being constantly tied to the real world. One of Algernon Blackwood's earliest novels. While not usually listed with Blackwood's stories for children, it has the feel of an Alice in Wonderland story. The imagery is vivid and twisted, although hindered somewhat by being constantly tied to the real world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jien

    It is masterfully written, and I think I would have loved it had I read it as a child. However, as an adult I have found I much prefer adult stories as opposed to those for or about children. The writing is excellent, but it is not my cup of tea.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A spell binding story about a young boy who suffers a near fatal accident and the ensuing out of body of experience he has as he fights to continue to live. Algernon Blackwood takes us on an astral adventure as only he can.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Harmon

    I listed to the audiobook of Jimbo, read by Adrian Praetzellis. Jimbo is a young boy who gets near-fatally injured and has some out-of-body experiences while he's recuperating. The story is too long, but the imagery is wonderful (and a bit creepy). The story is definitely not for children. I listed to the audiobook of Jimbo, read by Adrian Praetzellis. Jimbo is a young boy who gets near-fatally injured and has some out-of-body experiences while he's recuperating. The story is too long, but the imagery is wonderful (and a bit creepy). The story is definitely not for children.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Max Ahumada

    lll

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherilyn

    A cute wee tale.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    Incredibly creative and compelling story....READ IT!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Dutra

    Very cute story. I enjoyed it very much.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    A very nice, dark book for kids. Roald Dahl with less weird.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    very interesting...definately not for kids

  24. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Imaginative and haunted fairytale of a young boy and his adventures in the dark house and the world around it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Supernatural tale told from a young boy overcoming intense unnatural fears...quite mystical

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hayden Reed

  30. 4 out of 5

    Id Davidovich

  31. 4 out of 5

    Cheryll

  32. 4 out of 5

    Rowan MacBean

  33. 5 out of 5

    Andrée Laurier

  34. 4 out of 5

    Biblia Fyle

  35. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

  36. 4 out of 5

    Erin Rydgren

  37. 5 out of 5

    Amy Latham

  38. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  39. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  40. 5 out of 5

    Kami Bee

  41. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brady

  42. 5 out of 5

    Jimble

  43. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  44. 5 out of 5

    Holland

  45. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  46. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  47. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  48. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

  49. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

  50. 5 out of 5

    David Pickett

  51. 4 out of 5

    Richard

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