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It's Complicated

This is such an amazing book!
It's only a little less weird than the cartoon, but if you can expect anything from anime, then you expect some more classic and slender plots without twists and complex muddles from the English fifty-year-old aunt who wrote this novel. It seems that everything in the book should be in order, for sure it was Miyazaki who twisted his Japanese quirks on top, changing the original beyond recognition.
But no! And everything in the book is famously twisted, you need to read carefully, because if you miss just one detail, the course of the story and the motives of the characters become incomprehensible.
This is what happens in the book: young Sophie is turned into an old woman by an evil witch, she leaves her hometown and settles in a moving castle. This strange castle not only moves, as the name implies, but it can also be present in several places at the same time, because its door opens to the place where the owner wishes to go. And the owner of this castle is a sorcerer named Howl, handsome and powerful, the evil witch is also hunting for him. Sophie and Howl have a very tense relationship, Sophie imposes his company, Howl tries to kick her out, Sophie wants to clean up, and Howl, out of frustration, fills everything with green slime (read: snot). What connects the young handsome man and the clumsy old woman will become clear only at the end of the book, but for now ... while the garden scarecrow breaks in the door and terribly knocks with a stick, the fire demon in the fireplace rebels and either refuses to fry the scrambled eggs, or collides in heaven in a fierce battle with a similar demon, the dog-man whines, walks on his hind legs and uncontrollably changes his appearance, boots rush to the swamps for a shooting star, the sisters change their appearance ... Oh, there is a lot of things, the author does not spread the thought along the tree, outlines events schematically, so it's up to the reader to stay alert and try to figure out what's going on in this complex story.

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