My favourite thing about the Sandman is that reading it reminds me of a lucid dream; when you think of something, even a small detail, it becomes realMy favourite thing about the Sandman is that reading it reminds me of a lucid dream; when you think of something, even a small detail, it becomes reality in the dream. Similarly, the most minute details in the Sandman come to be foreshadowings of things to come in the later volumes. Now we can see the characters moving slowing towards the end, and Morpheus's fate is starting to become clear....more
**spoiler alert** It's a pity that I don't have another star to give.
This novel was flawless, unsettling and incredibly moving. Set in the u**spoiler alert** It's a pity that I don't have another star to give.
This novel was flawless, unsettling and incredibly moving. Set in the unimaginable squalor and poverty of Victorian London, Pratchett paints a picture of a world which is anathematic in so many ways to ours. Women were subordinate to their husbands (at least on paper); starvation looms over the working class while the aristocracy grow fat; the brief memories recounted by the worldly and widely travelled Solomon Cohen, Dodger's friend and landlord hints at the inhuman treatment of Jews by Christians over the centuries. Throughout the novel we see little glimpses of the vile consequences of Victorian mores; young single mothers-to-be driven to suicide for fear of being sent to workhouses and their unborn child condemned to squalor in orphanages; the near total absence of justice for rape victims; the secrecy into which men were forced by the sexual repression which characterised the era. The sum of it would be enough to drive one to despair were it not for Pratchett's style of writing, which presents the dire circumstances in such a way that hope is never absent and the reader is only a footnote away from laughing heartily again.
"And so they went, all three, to Lavender Hill, where flowers were laid and not surprisingly tears were shed, and then Dodger and the young lady called Serendipity were dropped off again at one of the other bridges where he had been told the Happy Family man had positioned his rather strange cart. It was, in short, one quite large cage in which there was a dog, a cat, a small baboon, a mouse, a couple of birds and a snake, all living together in harmony, like real Christians, as the old man himself put it. Serendipity said 'Why on earth doesn't the cat eat the mouse Dodger?' 'Well', he said, 'I think the old man is not one to tell you his secrets, but some people say if they are brought up together with some kindness, they become just that, a happy family.'"
This is one of my favourite quotes from the novel, precisely because it sums up the rebellion against the restrictive Victorian society, one which is ongoing today; Simplicity is a married woman, and to the people of the age it is right and proper that she be with her lawful husband. But she is unhappy and her life was threatened by her being part of her 'happy family'. The message of her escape from her unhappy marriage and her union with Dodger is summed up by this passage; family isn't about whose blood you have or about legal contracts or solemn institutions, it's about kindness, relationships and love....more
A very enjoyable horror story. My favourite story by Lovecraft by a long margin and well worth a read. Even if you don't enjoy it, you'll learn some fA very enjoyable horror story. My favourite story by Lovecraft by a long margin and well worth a read. Even if you don't enjoy it, you'll learn some fascinating new adjectives....more