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Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
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Subjects: Fairy tales, orphans, magic, geese, and kings, queens, and rulers. Author Patrice Kindl uses the two conventions of a fantasy: the quest and flux. Alexandria’s quest was to return to her former life as a poor, orphaned, goose girl. Her quest led her on a difficult and dangerous journey. Alexandria’s life was in a constant state of flux as she faced one obstacle after another: escaping from the tower, escaping from the ogresses, escaping from the dungeons, and escaping marriage to the wrong man. Her decisions affected someone else, mainly the prince whose life she saved as well as that of his horse, Bucephalus. Kindl includes dark and evil in the story: the beggar woman, the ogresses, the baroness, and King Claudio the Cruel. Kindl also includes plenty of magic: the rich and beautiful princess (with magical hair, gold hair dust, and tears of diamonds) and the charms in Alexandria’s sewing basket (broken egg shells, feathers, and stones). Throughout the story Alexandria always complies with her Mother’s death wish to take good care of the twelve geese, “Treat them well and they will protect you and keep you from want”. It is through the help of the geese, that Alexandria discovers who she is. A comical fantasy with a tinge of romance and a surprise ending.
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