Once I got this book out of the library, and began looking through it, I realised that I'd done the same thing when I was doing my Theology degree. ItOnce I got this book out of the library, and began looking through it, I realised that I'd done the same thing when I was doing my Theology degree. It left me with the same impression now. This book appears thorough and very well researched. The author has nice things to say about people, no matter how "wrong" they may be in their beliefs, so the book comes across as well-meaning. Unfortunately it feeds into the Us and Them mentality, and it fosters a continuing refusal to see the Bible as anything other than inerrant. I still can't understand what that terrible need is, nor the hoops people jump through in order to try and show that the contradictions in the Bible aren't contradictory....more
In the bookshop where I work we have a number of regular customers (oh, wouldn't it be nice to have the sort of disposable income that makes it an easIn the bookshop where I work we have a number of regular customers (oh, wouldn't it be nice to have the sort of disposable income that makes it an easy thing to regularly buy from a bookshop (rather than the occasional carefully-budgeted-for purchase)...). However, as we don't have our loyalty programme on the computer yet (but stamp on their little cardboard Loyalty Card still), I'm not learning people's names. So I can't attribute this recommendation. However, the same customer has twice told me that this book is his absolute favourite children's book.
Aside from the Mercy Watson books for younger readers (which are absolutely hilarious), I haven't read any of Kate DiCamillo, despite her being an author that readers rave about, and despite their being queues (practically) for each new book she has published. Why? Well, I tend to avoid books that are 'nice' or 'lovely'. I lean towards the 'sharper' books.
Happily, I am not averse to giving anything a go (with regards to books, that is), and having had this twice so thoroughly recommended I decided I must read it. And I can say that I'm glad I did. This is a [insert superlative of your choice] and charming little book, the sort of book that I'd be hard put to read aloud without my voice showing my tears. What a treasure.
For a brief idea of the book - Edward Tulane is a sentient china rabbit. He is not at all like those toys we read of (or view) that come to life when people aren't around, so don't think Toy Story or animated versions of The Little Tin Soldier. Think rather of Hans Christian Andersen's original of the latter, and think of The Velveteen Rabbit. But then think again, because Edward Tulane is one of the most arrogant and self-satisfied creatures you have ever met.
This book is a morality lesson in disguise, and most beautiful....more
What a great premise! This book is set shortly after the time of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London, when fossil hunting was all the rage, andWhat a great premise! This book is set shortly after the time of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London, when fossil hunting was all the rage, and when there was enormous debate between Christianity and Darwinism. Faith is 15, the daughter of the Reverend Erasmus Sunderly and his wife Myrtle. Faith also has a much younger brother, Howard - several other brothers have died in infancy. The family is moving for Sunderly to take up a position at the Vane Island excavation (Vane appears to be one of the Channel Islands, though I may be mistaken in my geography (for which I can be excused, living on the extreme other side of the world)). And in the very first chapter, Faith overhears her father and uncle talking, and she discovers the family is fleeing from accusations of fraud.
So, there is this great 'scientific and theological debate' setting, there's the place of women (and the terrible frustration for those who would love to study), and then there's murder and intrigue and a touch of the supernatural. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!...more