Book reviews

Book review: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

Title- Pan’s Labyrinth
Author- Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke
Publisher- Bloomsbury India.
Format- Paperback
Pages- 320
Genre- Fantasy/ Fiction
Publication date- 2nd July 2019

Ratings- 4.8/5

Book blurb:

You shouldn’t come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I’ll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it.

In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests.

Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And she sees right away what the Capitรกn is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf.

But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitรกn’s eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies; renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army; a labyrinth; beasts and fairies.

There is no one to keep Ofelia safe as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story, where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood ..

My review:

โ๐“˜๐“ท ๐““๐“ช๐“ป๐“ด๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ, ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ช๐“ท ๐“‘๐“ฎ ๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ
๐“˜๐“ท ๐“œ๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐”‚, ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ช๐“ท ๐“‘๐“ฎ ๐“‘๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“พ๐“ฝ๐”‚
๐“˜๐“ท ๐““๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฑ, ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ช๐“ท ๐“‘๐“ฎ ๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ”โž

TRIGGER WARNING: War, torture, slaughtering, and abuse.

Set in the year 1944, Spain. The story tells of a young girl named Ofelia who is moving to live in an old mill with her mother that is situated in between of a strange forest veiled of mysteries. After the death of her husband, Carmen (Ofelia’s mother) is married to Captain Vidal, a ruthless fascist. Contrarily, the armed groups hidden in the mountains keep on fighting fascist regiment who is trying to stifle them.

Amidst this chaos, Ofelia finds a way to an underground path that leads to a Labyrinth. She encounters fairy and a faun that is half a tree, half-goat and half-human. He tells Ofelia that she is no ordinary girl but lost the princess of an underground kingdom. But to reunite with her family, Ofelia has to complete three tasks before the full moon.

My cousin made me watch the movie adaptation when we were 10 or 11 and we didn’t even bother to watch the full movie coz is was freakin creepy and scary neither did I grasped the true depth that was being portrayed all along.

The first thing that came into my mind after reading the book was. “Wow!!! this book is dark. I need some holy water up in here”. Also, the white creature with the eyeball in his hands is the creepiest freakin thing described. The whole story is about Ofelia’s quest to escape the cruelties of Spanish fascism. Poignant, tragic, heart-wrenching and dark “Pan’s Labyrinth” gave me all the creepy and cringy vibes.

๐“˜๐“ท ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ผ

I’d personally suggest that if you haven’t watched the movie yet then read the book first and if you’ve already watched the movie then still go for it. Additionally, in the book, you’ll find individual thoughts running through each character’s mind. Also, there are different POV’s that made the book even more enthralling. Even the history of the labyrinth has been included in the book.

It’s not just a typical fairy tale but the darkest of fairy tale and along with multilayered narration it shows the mirror to the reality. It was stunning, disturbing and disorienting at the same time. It’ll make you realize that evil exists in all forms and not just in fairytales but in ordinary life too.

Thanks to @bloomsburyindia for the #gifted copy.๐ŸŒป

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