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The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson
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Jan 11, 12

bookshelves: middle-grade
Read in January, 2012

2.5 stars

The Flint Heart may be a familiar name to some: and if so, it’s likely because you’ve come across the Eden Phillpotts original from the early twentieth century. To celebrate the story’s centenary, Katherine and John Paterson have reworked this classic tale to appeal to more modern tastes.

The Flint Heart of the book’s title is a dangerous item of terrible power: it hardens the wearer’s heart, taking away their sense of mercy or love so that they may rule over those around them. And indeed, this was the intent of the heart’s first owner, who demanded that the item be created so that he could effectively beat those around him into submission–and not give a toss about whom he hurts in the process. Eventually, though, the heart became lost, lying dormant until uncovered by Billy Jago, a pleasant enough farmer who turns a wee bit Hydean when he picks it up. (Moral: power corrupts, etc)



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