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A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
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Jun 05, 09

bookshelves: 3-star
Read in June, 2009

One has the impression that Bunce is more interested in the Industrial Revolution than her fairy-tale inspiration - which suits me just fine; that's a pet subject of mine as well - but when neither the main character (the indomitable Charlotte) nor the author seems to quite get what's going on, those 400 pages can drag a bit.

Hmm, but I really liked this book. The plot is tangly and intricate, most of the characters are rational (if a bit overly-helpful), and the moral lessons, which could easily be heavy-handed, are both integral to the story & to the characters' development.

Still, it is not a Young Adult novel. Ignore the cover image; ignore the idiotic fairy-tales-are-for-children meme. Charlotte is 'young' at the onset, but she's old enough to marry and bear children - she is not a child. Quite apart from her apparent age, though, are her ways of thinking. She doesn't think like a Young Adult (meaning teenager); Charlotte has the mental habits of an adult.
& it makes for a better book. Who wants another thoughtless, irrational heroine who doesn't have the sense to come in out of the rain?

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