Saturday, July 22, 2006

Gossamer

This is a beautifully and meticulously crafted book--clearly allegory, but it somehow works on a literal level as well--perhaps because Lowry is just so good at setting a scene and invading the minds of her characters (non-human characters included). I'm intrigued by the fact that though the title character seems to be the central character, she's not necessarily the main character...the woman and the boy seem equally "main."

Is this a book for young people? And for what age? Reviews suggest 10 and up...but the nostalgia for pre-adolescence may actually make the book more appropriate for teens or adults. Anyone used this with kids yet?

2 Comments:

Blogger bkwmn said...

Another suggestion, if it hasn't been made yet, is COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop. The horrors of working in a mill for children are clearly depicted, but the strength of the novel lies in the characterization of Grace, who is very aptly named, and can stand proudly in literature as a younger sister to Lyddie. All the characters are extraordinarily well developed, with many shades of grey... and the writing is gorgeous in parts...
Micki

3:39 AM  
Blogger Mary Lee said...

On the topic of using this book with kids -- stay tuned for another month or two. I'm going to try it with my 5th graders early in the school year. Last year (I have the same kids two years in a row) I wasn't sure they'd like EDWARD TULANE, but they loved it!

3:54 PM  

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