Friday, November 11, 2005

Interesting review of The Half-Blood Prince


Exceptional reviews of books I like are almost as much of a delight to read as the books themselves. Here's a lovely comment on J K Rowling's style from a review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis:

Rowling's imaginative universe takes every dusty old piece of furniture from the common stock of tales about witches—pointed hats and cloaks, flying broomsticks, eye of newt and toe of frog, the whole shebang—cheerfully accepts it, and raises it to the next power.

A brief review of the review: I liked Jacobs' confidence. He daringly refutes the opinion of the great Harold Bloom himself, and finds some wonderful things to say about what, exactly, makes J Rowling original. Read the whole review (it's satisfyingly long) here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2005/006/7.22.html

(Never mind what the URL says. Just read it.)

2 Comments:

Blogger Accidental Fame Junkie said...

I was wondering about the URL...But you are right. This was an excellent article on HP. Why don't more people write like this instead of looking down on J.K Rowling's creations?

Tue Nov 22, 11:26:00 am GMT+5:30  
Blogger Desultory Writer said...

Aah, most people are not fantasy junkies like you and me. :D

Tue Nov 22, 04:51:00 pm GMT+5:30  

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