The Lives of Christopher Chant

The Lives of Christopher Chant His father and uncles are enchanters his mother a powerful sorceress yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams Night after night he climbs through the formless Place Betwe

  • Title: The Lives of Christopher Chant
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780006755180
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • His father and uncles are enchanters, his mother a powerful sorceress, yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams Night after night, he climbs through the formless Place Between and visits marvelous lands he calls the Almost Anywheres Then Christopher discovers that he can bring real, solid things back from his dreams Others begin to recognize tHis father and uncles are enchanters, his mother a powerful sorceress, yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams Night after night, he climbs through the formless Place Between and visits marvelous lands he calls the Almost Anywheres Then Christopher discovers that he can bring real, solid things back from his dreams Others begin to recognize the extent of his powers, and they issue an order that turns Christopher s life upside down Go to Chrestomanci Castle to train to be the controller of all the world s magic.

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    1. Diana Wynne Jones

      Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.

    676 thoughts on “The Lives of Christopher Chant”

    1. this prequel to Charmed Life gives the mysterious and urbane Chrestomanci (multi-dimensional policeman of all things magical) his own backstory. this was a wonderful kid's novel, swiftly-paced and enjoyable from beginning to end.i loved the connectivity between this book and its predecessor, seeing the basic similarities and differences between Cat and Christopher, their similar reactions to their current Chrestomanci and Chrestomanci Castle, their different ways of not being magical, their simi [...]

    2. Maravillosa precuela de 'Charmed life' (traducido al castellano como 'Una vida mágica') en la que conocemos los orígenes del fantástico hechicero Chrestomanci, cuando era tan solo un niño que viajaba de un mundo a otro conociendo diosas, robando gatos y soñando con ser jugador de críquet profesional.Tan solo desmerece un poco el desenlace, pero aún así he disfrutado muchísimo de toda la novela que es divertida, original y llena de personajes geniales. No es necesario haber leído 'Charm [...]

    3. 5 Stars!As seems to be typical for me, I'm ready to head on to the next book in this series sotime to review the last one I read!I stick by my initial statement: "There isn't much better than a classic Diana Wynne Jones to get you out of a slump!" I can't remember what got me into this slump to begin with, but The Lives of Christopher Chant pulled me out of it with a whirlwind one sitting read. I loved this story from beginning to end, and all the whimsical, magical things that happened in betwe [...]

    4. Wonderful like I remembered. I love putting all the pieces together. The ending with the people of Eleven wasn't the best, sadly. I think the 'noble savage people' idea is showing its age.

    5. --- The Lives of Christopher Chant ~ Christopher Chant, Bocah Bernyawa Sembilan ---Plot: Ok.Penokohan: Ok.Gaya bercerita: Ok.Selamat datang di Dunia Chrestomanci, dimana semua enchanter bernyawa sembilan memiliki takdir khusus.Christopher terang kaget dan dongkol sendiri saat ia diberitahu akan dididik oleh Gabriel-- atau orang-orang di Kastil untuk menjadi Chrestomanci selanjutnya. Sebelumnya ia bahkan tidak tahu apa Chrestomanci itu! Gara-gara ini, hidupnya diseret pada kehidupan baru yang jel [...]

    6. DWJ Book Toast, #2Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.A [...]

    7. The order to read these books is a bit murky. The newest publishing of the books list #2 as The Magician’s of Caprona, but a list I found that showed Diana Wynn Jones’ recommended reading order pointed to The Lives of Christopher Chant as #2, which was what I went with. Its confusing because the publishing order is another option that gives yet a different order. In any case, so far the stories are related but not so contingent on the others that I’ve found you have to read them in a certa [...]

    8. Of the three Chrestomanci books I've read so far, this was easily my favorite. I've enjoyed DWJ's style from day one, but this is where everything came together for me and I developed really strong feelings about plot and relationships. I love how DWJ just goes for it in terms of frankly messed up subject matter but still keeps things brisk and funny. She does a great job of putting us in the tight POV of Christopher as a very young child as well as when he gets older, so that we share much of h [...]

    9. Fun and easy to read. Pretty sure I didn't read this, the first time, so, hm. Maybe I only read the first book, when I was younger. In any case, it's best to read this after Charmed Life, otherwise it would give the game away with some of what happens in Charmed Life.Christopher Chant isn't the pleasantest kid to read about, if you're reading in an aware sort of way and you know some things about the world -- e.g. dragon blood -- but at the same time, you get sucked into what he's doing. And it' [...]

    10. Funny, serious, memorable. Christopher grows up in magic Victorian London, escapes from marital conflict in dream spirit travel to Anywheres, strange lands, even mermaids. Of course, he would obey his uncle Ralph, the first adult to be kind and attentive. Asked to experiment with his skill under the guidance of Tacroy, bring back an animal, he goes after a Temple cat of the Asheth. The girl Goddess swops cantankerous ginger tom Throgmorten for books -- she's bored. The ruthless cat reminds him o [...]

    11. I don't know how to accurately describe my love for this book. Every time I read it I feel more strongly (and I think on average, I read it about twice a year, so I feel very strongly about it indeed!) Never-mind that it's a "children's book" (whatever that means). It's beautiful, it's timeless, it's rich and it's subtle. I adore it.I first read it when I was about ten. This and "Witch Week" were in the two little bookshelves at the back of my fifth-grade classroom, and as you do when you're a t [...]

    12. I really love the Chrestomanci universe. (At least, I love the stories that surround the character and the castle, so notable exceptions include Volume II.) As a story, I don't think this is paced as well - or as fun - as Charmed Life, but it does dovetail with Charmed Life in fascinating, tongue-in-cheek ways, and those overlaps do a lot to elevate the story, placing it in context in the wider Chrestomanci universe.More specifically, this is the story of the way the vague, suave, dressing-begow [...]

    13. This book has a similar plot to the first one in the series, Charmed Life, in that it follows the soon-to-be Chrestomanci's struggles to adjusting to life as a nine lifed enchanter in Chrestomanci Castle - except this time it's Christopher Chant instead of Cat/Eric Chant. It's also similar in that Christopher was an obnoxious little brat about everything in the castle, and he acted like such a disrespectful twat and thought the most important thing in the world was cricket. That being said, he d [...]

    14. Having read five of the Chrestomanci books, I think that the series should begin with this one (not the order they are are published in the three volumes). Like so many DWJ books, it is about a child obeying a wicked uncle (in other books, it's a parent, sister, or other awful relative). Christopher is mostly neglected by his wealthy parents, so it's no wonder that he latches onto the affection bestowed upon him by his uncle, who is manipulating his unusual ability to enter other worlds whilst d [...]

    15. I read this as the second book in the series, following the author's suggested reading order. I was a little skeptical at first about this order, because I felt like this book was fairly similar to the first. It both concerned a young boy with 9 lives with several similarities between them. But, Christopher is different from Cat, and his story is different. I now think that this book is a good sequel to the first, because it contains characters introduced in the first book but also expands on th [...]

    16. For a while this was my all-time favorite book. I chose it to write a book review on when I was twelve, which was a lot of fun (though I seem to recall having some trouble picking out a favorite passage).By the time I read this, I'd read two others of the same series, and so I was familiar with the character of Chrestomanci. As such, it was nice to see him growing up, and to be able to pick out traits he retains in the earlier books. Similarly, it was interesting to see a younger version of Mill [...]

    17. Reading chronologically, this is the first book of the Chrestomanci series. And what a beginning it is. The reader gets to grow alongside Christopher Chant, and learn magic with him. The many worlds presented are fun, vibrant, and make for an interesting contrast to the one Chant lives in. Jones' writing keeps readers thoroughly invested and submerged in her world. Even bits of exposition are presented as casual comments rather than any heavy-handed world building. Her works are always a joy to [...]

    18. I read this series as a 5th grader. In fact, my copy got confiscated by the terrifying 4'9" Mrs. Wasserman because I was reading it under the desk and trying to look innocent. I was delighted to reread this and realize that these books really ARE captivating, and maybe I did have some literary taste as a kid.I loved the way the adolescent hero has a terrible shock discovering that he is not adorable, and that he may in fact be an arrogant jerk. What a perfect insight into being 13! And Jones is [...]

    19. DWJ, in these early Chrestomanci books, captures something of the blind obedience of children, doing what they're told (at least for people they like or trust) and understanding very little of what's going on. [Though Christopher is almost wilfully blind toward the end there.]The story can be read from a post-colonial viewpoint, with the unhesitating exploitation of various cultures by the Wraith's gang, but it also raises the question of what gives a British government-appointed enchanter from [...]

    20. I'm reading these in what informs me is Diana Wynne-Jones's suggested reading order, which is different from the publication order. I've been enjoying DWJ, which is why I've been reading them so quickly, but this is the first one which really makes me understand why she has such a devoted fanbase: she really has created a convincingly strange alternative world, with a real humour and charm to it.

    21. If you liked Harry Potter, don't read this book. If you think Harry Potter is derivative puerile nonsense entirely bereft of wit, charm, or originality then I salute you. You should enjoy this delightful children's fantasy.

    22. ممتع، لطيف بشخصيات مثيرة للاهتمام، جميل استخدامها لفكرة الاسقاط النجمي وفكرة العوالم الموازية الي تنشأ في الاحداث الكبيرة، جميل انك تشوف كريستوماني في الجزء الأول هو و زوجته ومن ثم تشوفهم وهم اطفال وتشوف ماضيهم و نوعية حياتهم ، وتقارن بين كريستفور وكات والتشابه بينهم.الشي [...]

    23. Although this is fourth in the Chrestomanci series, it actually gives the back story of the eponymous character, Christopher Chant being Chrestomanci's real name, as Chrestomanci is a title given to whoever is the current enchanter with nine lives. Christopher grows up with a weird childhood in an upper class home with nurses and later governesses, and where his mother communicates with his father either by passing notes to the servants, or by addressing a convenient servant along the lines of ' [...]

    24. I forgot how much better this book is even compared to the first. I have so much love for this series. I love Christopher so much, and the Goddess. The mystery is just enough—I know when I read it the first time, I didn’t predict the ending as quickly. I love Morticai’s arc, though I am always slightly disappointed by the reveal of the secret of the Eleventh world. However, I’m always smitten with stories of the world in the between the worlds—as you see with my love for The Magician [...]

    25. this is her second book which i read. first was the charmed life. her writing style is similar in both books. the twist in both the stories are of similar kind too.a creative original story in deed. where and when did she found and wrote this stories. i wonder interesting book it is.

    26. One of those strange examples of a story set before another but which loses something if you read/see it first (others being things like The Magician's Nephew andStar Wars: The Phantom Menace.)So this story is set a generation before Charmed Life and it follows much the same model: it's about how the greatest magician of the world discovers his destiny, resents it but eventually comes to terms with it.One of the things I like about DWJ is her careful attention to detail in the plotting, somethin [...]

    27. [questo commento vale, in parte, anche per gli altri volumi della serie]"Se vi dicessero che il vostro mondo non è l'unico esistente.Se vi dicessero che ci sono centinaia di mondi paralleli, originati in seguito a inevitabili spaccature nella Storia.Se vi dicessero che in alcuni di questi mondi la magia è comune quanto la luce del sole, ma che è pericolosissima se riposta nelle persone sbagliate.Se vi dicessero che può esistere un solo mago che ha nove vite ed è destinato a diventare l'inca [...]

    28. This Diana Wynne Jones book has an intriguing title: we are used to The Lives of the Caesars (where more than one person is involved) or, on the other extreme, The Life of Brian (which is about just one person). The Lives of Christopher Chant reflects the notion that one person can have, like a cat, more than one life. This notion is an old one, from the transmigration of the soul to the Russian folk-villain Koshchei, whose external soul is hidden away in one object enclosed within another, and [...]

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