Star Wars. Le Retour Du Jedi

ISBN: 2265074101
ISBN 13: 9782265074101
By: James Kahn George Lucas Lawrence Kasdan

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It was a dark time for the rebel alliance...Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, had been delivered into the hands of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Determined to rescue him, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian launched a hazardous mission against Jabba's Tatooine stronghold.The Rebel commanders gathered all the warships of the Rebel fleet into a single giant armada. And Darth Vader and the Emperor, who had ordered construction to begin on a new and even more powerful Death Star, were making plans to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all.Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Reader's Thoughts

Adam K.

Adequate and satisfactory novelization. I've read almost all the Star Wars novelizations thus far (only have episode III) to go. It's always interesting to see the details the authors add, I presume from early copies of Lucas' scripts or storylines. There is a bit more menace and culture to the Ewoks in Kahn's novelization. Yes, they're cute and cuddly, but their fireside council in which they make Luke, Han, & co. "part of the tribe" is considerably more weighted with their own tribal philosophy. Han's "friendship is magic" speech at said council was also a very interesting touch, although I'm glad the finished film didn't use it. It takes away some of his swagger, and I always enjoyed the mystique of whether Han might still be in it for the fortune and glory or whether he'd discovered the greater purpose. The tension between the two was always the best part of his character. I guess I hadn't considered before reading this how much time may have passed since Empire Strikes Back. When Luke shows up, he's obviously a much more mature Jedi. The novel covers this. He's been hiding out on Tatooine, making sure all the pieces are in place, working on his mad skills and building a new light saber. I'm sure there are some in-between-episodes novels out there somewhere, and I'd be interested in what all Luke was up to in that time. Did he return to train more with Yoda, perhaps? It always bugged me that the series left me feeling he had only seen Yoda twice, and the second was at Yoda's death. Anyway, good stuff. A quick read, and it only adds to my love for the films. BTW, this is completely tangential, but Terry Brooks' novelization of Episode I is fantastic. I'm biased toward Brooks, anyway, he being my first favorite author. His fond memories of writing the book, contrasted with his horrible memories of novelizing Spielberg's "Hook," might redeem Lucas in the eyes of some haters. Lucas gave him a lot of artistic license, whereas Spielberg & Co. left Brooks completely in the dark and denied him access to much of the material (like scripts, sets, etc.) Brooks would need access to in order to write a decent novelization.

Mark Oppenlander

I hadn't read this book since my teens. It was eye opening to revisit it now. I agree with the other reviewers who have complained about the writing in this, the novelization of the third Star Wars film. I doubt I noticed how bad the writing was at the age of 13. I don't know who James Kahn is or what else he has done, but he seems like a bit of a hack. He writes some of the most inane prose I have ever read and his attempts to spell out Chewie and Artoo's dialogue are ugly. His work with characters like Lando is painfully one note and he throws in the names of the various minor characters ("Logray!" "Weequay!" etc.) as if he is shilling for Mattel.On the other hand, Kahn does some nice work with the Luke and Vader characters, especially as they both struggle with the Light and Dark side of the force. Some of his flashback sequences and inner monologues for these two characters are actually quite well written. And he certainly catches the speed and verve of the movies, telling this story in a mere 180 pages. The scenes fly by, and you can almost hear the John Williams score in the background.So at the end of the day, an OK but uneven read. I recognize that the three stars I have given it are as much for the entertaining nature of the original story and my memory of the feelings it produced in me as an adolescent as they are for anything inherently good about the book itself.

Daniel Figueroa

This book is my favorite out of the series. It is not my favorite movie out of them, but it is my favorite book. It is just written a lot better then the previous 2. The suspense builds along with the tension, and it just makes you wanna jump up and down. I still plan on reading the last 3 books and seeing how well they compare to this one. I think that this is a good representation of the movie and i reccomend it for people

Becky

The dialogue was truly awful in places in this one. Once I gave myself permission to skip entire sections of dialogue of certain characters, I began to enjoy it a little bit. There was much to suffer through in this one, but, it had a few scenes that made it all worth while! The writing I felt wasn't wonderful, if these books in the trilogy weren't movies, I'm not sure they'd be anything fantastic to recommend them, to make them classics.

Richard Houchin

I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. It took a few dozen books before I realized many of them just weren't all that stellar. Ah, well, I'll squirrel away the memories on the internet and free up a book shelf.This one was better as a movie.

Sebastien

Après avoir lu le livre de l'épisode IV j'ai demander à mon père si son amis avait le livre suivant. Il s'informa et comble du malheur, il ne l'avait pas. Je suis dons aller à la bibliothèque et comme je n'avais pas vue les films depuis longtemps et qu'il ne repasseraient pas avant janvier 1993 (ils les passaient toujours dans ce coin là), j'ai demander à la bibliothèque d'avoir le livre qui était après La Guerre des Étoiles. Le commis me sortie alors Le Retour du Jedi. À cette époque je n'avais pas les films sur cassette (ils étaient rare et j'attendais la prochaine diffusion pour avoir une copie) donc dans ma tête j'avais oublier qu'en fait la suite était L'Empire Contre-Attaque. J'ai donc pris la décision de partir avec le livre et m'empresser de le lire par temps libre.Je commence alors la lecture et mon dieu que je trouvais qu'il manquait de background. Han Solo était emprisonner avec Jabba et Luc allait à sa rescousse. Bien que l'auteur décrivait bien en résumer ce qui s'était passé avant, je trouvais l'écart un peu abrupte. J'ai donc continuer sans poser de question, mais quand je suis arriver à la scène avec Yoda, j'ai tout de suite compris que j'avais passer un livre. Je suis donc aller à la bibliothèque pour me rendre compte que le commis ne connaissait pas la série et qu'il pensait qu'il y avait juste 2 livres et qu'ils n'avaient pas le deuxième livre.J'ai donc mis le livre sur pause le temps de revoir les film et ensuite j'ai terminer de lire le livre, qui est à mon avis à la hauteur du film avec les détails en plus. Le film rend très bien le livre et on voit que le livre fut écrit après le film, mais comme l'oeuvre entière de La Guerre des Étoiles, ce livre est un chef d'oeuvre pour les enfants et les ado. Les adulte y trouve aussi leur compte, mais doivent laisser tomber la logique un peu.Donc recommander à toute personne voulant découvrir la science fiction, n'oubliez pas cependant qu'il y a trois livre dans la série de La Guerre des Étoiles.

Cavan Rigby

A classic and unforgettable story that I enjoyed reading, but the author can't take credit for that as it is just a novelisation of the movie. James Kahn did do a good job but also made some noticeable mistakes. His biggest was to give characters who don't Speak a human language dialog. It's just a silly thing to read. He also gives minor characters names and does it in an uncreative way. But either way, it was a quick and enjoyable read for me and worth reading.

Beau Johnston

Not as dark as Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, or The Empire Strikes Back, but still entertaining.

Laurel Rockefeller

Of all the Star Wars books, this is the one I have read the most often. In fact, I read it seven times in the first two years after its release. The opening of chapter seven became my first "dramatic interpretation" I performed in a high school level public speaking competition. By then, I had the scene essentially memorized. It's the one where Luke speaks to his father and acknowledges Darth Vader as Anakin Skywalker for the first time. It remains my favorite scene of that trilogy. Naturally the actors changed the scene a little which disappoints me because the book version is so much clearer to me! In the film version, Darth Vader comes off more cold and less conflicted.It's really in the book version that you truly meet Anakin.So please read this! It is so emotionally moving...you feel Anakin's pain so much more with the book than you do with the movie -- especially the special edition which I genuinely do not like. Jedi should make you cry for Anakin. The special edition film removes that sense of loss.The book is better!

Butterflykatana

I had this book sitting in the toy box for years before finally one summer deciding to read it. Well I had one over my friends on reading the movie. But it had real killer spots where it hit a wall for its ill written spots.

Gizella Tóth

A három "első" közül talán ez volt a legkevésbé élvezhető könyvben.

John Yelverton

Not quite as good as the other adaptations that I have read, but it's still a fun read.

Tom

This was then end of the Star Wars saga, or so I thought. Now I understand that there are both prequels as well as sequels. For example, there are three books on Han Solo. I guess I be doing some more Star Wars reading.

Victor Orozco

Glorious!!! A wonderful story ends with great adventure a magnificent redemption. George Lucas' story is adapted very well but with a few inconsistencies that he didn't intend to put to writing. Yet despite these errors the main premise as well as the epic conclusion are preserved very well. Thank You George Lucas. A-

Megan

James Kahn is a former emergency room doctor who should never have been permitted to write. His version of ROTJ comes off like bad fanfiction written by a twelve-year-old: ludicrous in places, offensive in others, usually cheap, never worthy of the film he attempts to capture.

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