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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Dec 23, 08

Read in December, 2008

As my sister observed, looking askance at me, Coraline is a book appropriate for "Ages 8 and up." I resisted the implication that such a designation meant that the material in question was any LESS appropriate to a 23 year old. My sister, meanwhile, likened my reading Coraline to an 18 year old playing on a 11+ volleyball team. While I still feel that childrens' and Young Adult literature can have great merit to the adult reader, I did feel, in the end, that I would have gotten more enjoyment from Coraline if it were 1991 (I was a precocious reader). It seemed to me that in creating a "frighteningly" magical tale for a young reader, Coraline pulled back from a darker, profounder universe that was its provenance. I could sense that world behind the story, but the narrative seemed to simplify against it. This frustrated me, and I had a hard time believing and becoming engaged in the story. Even so, if being a child is not really LESS than being an adult, just a different way of understanding the world, then I think that the greatest books for children create worlds that are complete in and of themselves (and accessible to all readers AS SUCH), and do not feel like derivations oflarger more "adult" worlds.
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message 1: by Claire (new)

Claire What about Fetus Lit?


message 2: by Emma (new)

Emma good review HPC!


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Emma oh and nice shout out to you in the hip hop wars! SO IMPRESSIVE!


Keri (JD) YA books are the last stand for plot.


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