March 26th, 2012

fiction: two girls reading

Borrowers Afield and Phule's Paradise

I finished The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton and began Phule's Paradise by Robert Asprin, since apparently my whole reading life is these two authors now? I do not know.

A bit of advice, if you want to write a post about the wonders of reading and happiness, don't do something like read certain reaction tweets about Rue and Thresh in the Hunger Games first. People are vile and I unfortunately have nothing of value to contribute on this topic, but they're still vile.

I'm still on the racism topic because The Borrowers Afield was written in the 50s and guess what comes with that! Yes, featuring heavily in the book are the Romani (please re-advise me if I've used the wrong term and I apologize if so) people. That's not what they're called in the book, among other things. Also at one point Arrietty mentions the flower over her head gives a 'ku klux klan' effect. Oh lord. This has been your paragraph of warning to people considering reading or rereading. I enjoyed the book, but that's there and you can't really get around it.

It also introduces Spiller, the feral Borrower, who I liked. It also ends on a very satisfying note where I actually heard dramatic music in my head.

Quick request: Is there any place that has a timeline of the Borrowers or someone who I can discuss this with? Because there seems to be two missing years in it between Book 1 and 2, but I may just have misread something. And the case of two people finding Arrietty's diary.

Onto Phule's Paradise, which I remember liking a fair bit. Right now Phule and his crew have been assigned to guard a casino. Only what they're guarding it against is a hostile takeover from mobsters and it's an attempt from a member of high command to screw them over.

I will keep you updated on how it progresses and how anti-climatic the ending is this time.