Review: A WILD RIDE THROUGH THE NIGHT by Walter Moers
Updated: Sep 10, 2019
This book was really entertaining! I love Walter Moers' other books, so I was excited to pick this one up! While not a five star read like his Captain Bluebear, A Wild Ride Through the Night was still a great book!
This work seemed like a mixture of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (zany, dream-like world) and Moers' aforementioned The Thirteen and a Half Lives of Captain Bluebear (a traveling adventure split into pretty distinctive parts). You would think that this would make this book a five star, as the other two books are my favorites, but I think this one just fell a little short of its comparisons.
There was also the fact that there were some less-than-stellar views of woman in some places. A young, beautiful woman had to be a damsel and an old, isolated woman had to be witch-like. While both of these assumptions are kind of turned on their head, the fact that they were there was a little disheartening. However, I blame some of the male gaze that crept into this story on the illustrator. Moers was basing his story around illustrations created by Gustave Doré during his lifetime as a famous French printmaker in the 1800's. Doré's pieces were, of course, products of their time. I think Moers just did his best to work with what he had.
Overall, a good read that I'll probably find myself turning back to if I ever want a fun jaunt through one of Moers' shorter works.
"There are worse things in life than dragons. Falling in love, for example."