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ISBN:0441071724
Author: M. De Larrabetti
ISBN13: 978-0441071722
Title: The Borribles (Ace MMPB 1st Edition)
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Language: English
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Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (January 15, 1985)

The Borribles (Ace MMPB 1st Edition) by M. De Larrabetti



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Published June 1st 1984 by Ace. Mass Market Paperback. The Borribles (Hardcover). Published January 1st 1978 by MacMillan Publishing Company. Hardcover, 239 pages.

The Borribles could be described as an urban version of Peter Pan's Lost Boys. Borribles look like children, and can only be differentiated by their pointy years. I was very impressed how the first Borribles book brought a thrilling young adult story, as it presented these immortal "children" who love freedom above all. The second title, Go For Broke, impressed me even further with it's very intriguing characters. Another really great book that'll keep the reader engaged from start to finish. There are lots of new characters and a really large surprise in the middle that broke the status quo of what makes a Borrible a Borrible.

The Borrible Trilogy is a series of young adult books written by English writer Michael de Larrabeiti. The three volumes in the trilogy are The Borribles, The Borribles Go For Broke, and The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis. The Borribles' antagonists, the Rumbles, who play a significant part in the first book, are satires of perennial children's favourites The Wombles.

Michael Rosen, John Watson. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove The Horribles from your list? The Horribles. Published March 1989 by Walker Books Ltd.

Borribles are runaways who dwell in the shadows of London. Apart from their pointed ears, they look just like ordinary children. One night, the Borribles of Battersea discover a Rumble-one of the giant, rat-shaped creatures who are their ancient enemy-in their territory. Fearing an invasion, an elite group of Borrible fighters set out on what will become known in legend as The Great Rumble Hunt. So begins the first of the three.

The Horribles, New Port Richey, Florida.

by De Larrabeiti, Michael. Publication date 1982. Publisher New York : Ace Books. Ocr ABBYY FineReader . Openlibrary work OL16039121W.

Reviews: 7
Hulore
The Borribles could be described as an urban version of Peter Pan's Lost Boys. Borribles look like children, and can only be differentiated by their pointy years. All Borribles were children one day, but they turned into these curious creatures after running away to live on the streets of the big cities. If they are not captured, Borribles never age and live forever. They are barred by social taboos from having money, so they steal everything they need or desire.

This book from 1976 in an underground classic of English young adult literature. It never really achieved wide success, most likely because of the surprising amount of violence in a book directed to children and teens. There are passages with brutal beatings and several bloody deaths.

But the book is fun, there is no denying that. The Borribles have a tribal structure in their society, with different neighborhood leaded by informal representatives. In this first book, the Borribles get together after scouts capture a Rumble, anthropomorphic rats that the Borribles hate, and they decided to assemble an elite group to assassinate the rat leaders in the town of Rumbledom.

Writer Michael de Larrabeiti, who died in 2008, build his narrative in a fast and evolving way. The characters are interesting individually, but the group in the end form bonds of friendship that seemed to me similar to the fellowship of the ring of Lord of The Rings. The idea of the journey was equally epic, as the group faced several dangers until they get to Rumbledom for a final showdown. The book is centered on the actions rather than the descriptions, and that gives a welcome speed to the story.

There are two more books on the Borrible series: The Borribles Go For Broke and The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis.
Nafyn
I was very impressed how the first Borribles book brought a thrilling young adult story, as it presented these immortal "children" who love freedom above all. The second title, Go For Broke, impressed me even further with it's very intriguing characters. So I had high expectations for The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis.

Now the Borribles face a new threat: dwarves trained by the police to infiltrate the little ones' society. This brings some welcome tension as you know the informants are setting the Borribles up. But I felt the formula got a bit tiring on this third book. The Borribles are time after time locked away in a manner that all seems lost, and after the forth of fifth miraculous escape e began counting the pages to the end.

The characters were not very well constructed here. The Borribles didn't seem to me to have their own personality, but were more like sources of dialog to move the story along. Some characters of the London underworld are introduced, but without real dimensions. Even the death of a main character from the series seemed rushed.

The Deus ex Machina may be simple, but it does give you a chance to look back on the whole series and see how the Borribles changed. From children seeking adventure to veterans with a darker understanding of the atrocities that could happen to them. They felt like they aged on the inside. For me Across the Dark Metropolis was worth the read as the weaker book in great series.
Gerceytone
I must have first read The Borribles when our son Jeremy was seven or eight. My memories are hazy but I do remember I loved it and the two sequels to it, The Borribles Go for Broke (1981) and The Borribles Across the Dark Metropolis (1986). I just read the first volume in the trilogy again and I admired it just as much. It may be adventure for the pre-teen but it's awfully good adventure regardless of one's age. The publisher says it's for "Ages 13 and up" but I think it's perfect for a bright nine or ten-year-old. and I may even try it on our super-articulate seven-going-on-eight-year-old grandson when he visits in December.

The Borribles are descended from children who have run away -from their parents, from the schools, from authority in London. The only difference between the way an ordinary child looks and a Borrible is their ears. Borribles' ears grow long and pointy, and if they're caught and their ears are snipped back to normal size, they revert to being boys -captive, subservient, dull , normal boys again -how unexciting! Borribles live around the edges of city life. They live in abandoned buildings and snitch food to eat from open air fruit and vegetable stalls. They spend a lot of their time avoiding getting caught because once you're a Borrible, nothing is more horrifying than the thought of stopping being one.

The Borribles' enemies are the Rumbles, giant rat-like creatures who can't pronounce the letter "r" (they say "w" instead) and live in burrows beneath the streets of London. When a Rumble is caught in Borrible territory, the word is out -the Rumbles are planning to invade. Thus starts the Great Rumble Hunt, which is the subject of this book. Eight Borribles are assembled, one from each of the eight tribes of Borribledom, to infiltrate Rumbledom and kill its leaders. Borribles don't get named until they've done a great deed so the eight Borribles are sent off on this mad crusade are psyched up. At last, they can win their own names.

One adventure after another follows. There are heroes , there are villains. There is trickery and deceit, even betrayal. There are long drawn out battles, lovingly detailed in the describing. Not all the Borribles return and not all is as it seems. But what an adventure it has been for them all.

What surprised me was how exciting it was to read this book --even for me, at seventy-six. The Borribles is ... epic.
Ka
Another really great book that'll keep the reader engaged from start to finish. There are lots of new characters and a really large surprise in the middle that broke the status quo of what makes a Borrible a Borrible. There are also sad turns in this story as well. It felt somewhat open-ended.
Bev
This book is a fine addition to The Borribles series. Though slightly repetitious with them being caught and rescued several times it was, overall a good read. Though this novel is billed at the 3rd volumn of a trilogy, there is the possibility of a 4th novel left open by the author. It has been 27 years since it was written so it really is past time for the 4th book, if there ever will be one.
I do recommend this novel.