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Gatty's Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Jun 26, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 23 to 26, 2010

A sequel-slash-parallel to the King Arthur trilogy by the same author. Except I liked this book much, much better. Perhaps it was that I knew what to expect. Perhaps it was because, having read the trilogy, I was set up mentally for Crossley-Holland's world. Perhaps it was because the story was allowed to flow, without being chopped up with interruptions from legend. Perhaps it was because the heroine was such a plucky, likable gal. Whatever the actual reason, this book spoke to me moreso than the trilogy.

Sure, in a book review, you're supposed to say why. But what if you don't quite know why?

What if one of the reasons was a song Gatty made up?
I didn't know I didn't know
Nobody told me so.

Perhaps it was throwaway quotes like this one, "Nothing can be nothing. Everything's something."

Or, "You can teach someone a skill but you can't teach them spirit"

Or, "It's one thing to know, Gatty, but quite another to understand."

Or, "The quill is a miracle because it drinks darkness and sheds light."

Or, "No one is really quite as interested in us as we are in ourselves."

One thing's for sure, I didn't enjoy it because I was itching to read a story about a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the middle ages. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. But the story of this book wasn't the pilgrimage; the story was within the pilgrimage, just as a pilgrimage isn't really about the destination but, rather, the journey.

And this was a lovely journey.

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