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::: Chronicles of Prydain (Alexander)

Continuing my temporary regression to childhood, I reread all five Chronicles of Prydain over the last couple of days. When I was a kid I wanted to be either Gwydion (main hero) or Achren (evil enchantress); she's at her best in the third one but comes to a bad end, as Evil Enchantresses all too often do. (There's something suspicious about that, since in real life villains often flourish like the green bay tree...) But my favorite has always been the fourth one, where Taran tries to figure out who he is. He's such an adolescent goof in the first one but by the end he's definitely the most interesting, and probably the most complex, character in the whole cast. There are some great life lessons buried in these books (OK, reading them now, I have to say they're not exactly buried, it's more like they whack you over the head -- but they're still good, and at age 7 or 8 or whenever kids usually read these, how subtle can you really be??). Best thing is that the characters grow up as you read them, like the Harry Potter books, and I always go all sniffly at the end of the last one when Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch visit Taran and he has to choose whether to stay or go. *snif*

Shame the movie version of the second one stunk. Never mess with perfection, the seams always show.

Having wallowed sufficiently in the Days of my Youth (oh, except for this one, which I FINALLY again know the title of thanks to AbeBooks' BookSleuth forum and will devour as soon as my copy arrives, hurrah!!), I've started on The Librarian Spies, which promises to be professionally interesting, since I might want to be one someday. Hey, if Julia Child can be a spy, why not a humble librarian??

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noeon
May. 18th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Ooooooh Prydain. I love the fourth one, too. I bought them and reread them last year. I also love Eilonwy now, although I HATED here when I first read them. Hroinch! (I *think* that's how it went with Hen Wen)

I've never read the Librarian Spies. *makes chalk sign in the air* Must do now.

Have you read all of E. L. Konigsberg? Have you read Father's Arcane Daughter? I read it much later than the others, but I love it.

PS Just finished Call Me By Your Name. It is the most romantic book EVER. And also not. Can't wait to talk with you about it. ANNNND the WG.

delphipsmith
May. 18th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
I think the only Konigsberg I read was The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, which I loved because I too have a mania for filing things (hence my RL job, of course). Looking forward to CMBYN and WG -- there's nothing like swapping books, I'm convinced that my mom and I are solely responsible for the survival of the USPS due to the large boxes of same that shoot back and forth across the country.
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