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The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson
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Apr 09, 2012

did not like it
Read on April 09, 2012

Updated? Really?

Decidedly not updated enough.

The Flint Heart in this book has 4 bearers in this book -- and -all- of them are males who are married to gentle women, each hurt horribly by their husband's turn into callous ambition. Oh, and then there's the fairy king (who is stern, powerful, and largely uncompromising) and the fairy queen (who knew--full of mercy and similar feelings)! Hello, Pattersons--1910 called, and they want their book back; meanwhile, if you're going to update something for the 21st century, it would be nice if you actually updated the things that needed updating, like not ramming 1910s ideas of sexual mores and roles down the throats of modern kids! The worst thing here is that the writing is itself delightful; if they'd just gotten rid of the outdated gender roles it would have been a great updating!

As it is, I would -never- want a child I had any influence on reading this book; it teaches that women are kind and weak, that only men can (or should) be ambitious, and that all men and women (of whatever species) grow up and get married to someone of the opposite gender!

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