REVIEW ´ COURIERSINWOLVERHAMPTON.CO.UK Ó Ellen KushnerRison to Wolfe actually made sense its unbalanced in a way that maybe isn t productive but driven by intensely powerful eeling and imagination a weakness though is it starts slow and took about 70 pages to really start working but then after an otherworldly surreal hunt scene interrupted by music and a riddle a dove starts crying tears of blood and you understand what interrupted by music and a riddle a dove starts crying tears of blood and you understand what this book so exceptional i read all but ten pages of this on a cross country Handbags and Gladrags flight and it was an intensely powerful experience even if it was difficult to get into I love novels like this thatlesh out a traditional tale while remaining true and An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) faithful to the source material Like Robin McKinley s Beauty Donna Jo Napoli s Zel etc This book retells the legend of Thomas the Rhymer a minstrel taken under the hillor seven years of service to the aerie ueen who returns with the gift of being unable to tell a lie It brings to life Thomas and those who know and love him letting a reader eel not that what they d heard previously of the tale was wrong but that they have been given a privileged glimpse of heretofore unknown details and truths of the past It s not really an exciting or action packed book but it is a lovely and magical one It took me a while to get into this version of lovely and magical one It took me a while to get into this version of the Rhymer The story is told in Wish Upon a Wedding four voices the voice of an old man who takes Thomas in almost as his own son Gavin the voice of Thomas himself the voice of Gavin s wife Meg and the voice of the mortal woman who loves Thomas Elspeth The part in Gavin s voice didn t grip me so much but when I came to Thomas s part I could barely put the book down It s notull of action and Elspeth doesn t play a part in Thomas coming back We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk from Faerieland Instead it sull of emotion which builds right through the story until the Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other final line so innocuous on its own makes my heart ache Without saying any about it I love the endThere are some beautiful passages in the book and some smaller lovely stories the story of the doveor one and the story of Thomas invisible servant or another And some of the characters are really wonderful particularly saucy ElspethIt s an interesting take on the story of True Thomas Thomas the Rhymer and I m glad I kept on with it after not really getting into Gavin s part of the story I thought it was rather magical reall. Unreal splendor of her magic kingdom and then returns to the world of dirt and work and passing ti. .
Tion of the ballad elegantly told rom the perspective of I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! four people Gavin and Meg the elderly couple who takes on Thomas as a surrogate son bookend Thomas s own experience in Elfland and theourth by Thomas s mortal love Elspeth after he returns to the human world with his gift of soothsaying Kushner s language is so subtle lyrical and
some passages near left me in tears She has such a Puppet Master flairor words and this book is about that the truth of words I really admired the shifting perspectives and how all Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners four were needed as separate pieces of the puzzle to come together The reason why I remain conflicted over the book is because it put me through every emotion a human couldeel I m not sure I enjoyed that Janae (Blacktop, feeling at all though it attests to its power Some parts wereunny some were unbearably painful It hurt I elt Thomas s anger and loneliness living his half life in his servitude Might I also add Kushner s language also extends to some very sexy passages particularly because they are so restrained and perfectly worded hoo Some bits I reveled in the normality of country life I elt Elspeth s chapped hands and Meg s hearty ood I can t help but come away rom this book without seeing it as a tragedy I can t see his time in Elfland except as a it as a tragedy I can t see his time in Elfland except as a shiny and glitzy but otherwise detrimental to his humanity I elt so *Much Pain For Elspeth *pain or Elspeth the end knowing he was gone knowing he had loved others I wanted passion between them I wanted it to prove that mortal love could be just as passionate as whatever Thomas had with the Elf ueen Elspeth is certainly worthy I loved their arguments at the beginning but it elt like she got the short end of the stick in pretty much every way Sigh I also wanted exploration of Thomas s soothsaying and whether it was really a gift A really intetesting extremely unusual novel Its sort of an example of what antasy might have been like if Tolkien had never existed with a deeply character driven storyline and a setting very rooted in old England and its mythology sort of like Spencer or something its largely a down to earth almost realist novel interrupted by 100 pages of the strangest most surreal storytelling I ve seen in a while A Why Diets Make Us Fat friend of mine compared this section to the wizard knight by Gene Wolfe andor one of the Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., first times ever a compa. Instrel who is abducted by the ueen of Elfland and livesor years without count not aging in the. This was a book I read sometime in the 90s 1995 is a rough guess after getting it Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, from the Science Fiction Book Club It s a masterful re telling of the Scottisholk legend of Thomas of Erceldoune a 12th century minstrel who was apparently an actual person who was said to have been abducted by the ueen #of Elfland to serve her or seven years as the price of a kiss and to have returned with #Elfland to serve her or seven years as the price of a kiss and to have returned with gift or curse of never being able to say anything but the truth The author s treatment is scrupulously North faithful to the Middle English ballad version of the tale which d read previously butleshes It Out Much RichlyKushner Uses out richlyKushner uses person narrators or the our part novel each part narrated by a different human character Thomas himself is one of the Dead Giveaway four Each character male andemale is delineated very realistically coming alive Andrew Lost In the Kitchen for the reader as does the Fairy ueen herself granted she represents a kind of being that doesn t actually exist but youeel that if the Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism fae were real she s exactly the sort of person their ueen might be The author s knowledge of andeel Nope for the period is obvious she evokes medieval Scotland very effectively and she clearly knows the legends and literature of that day each part is introduced by period epigraphs Her version of Elfland has a subtle tie in to Arthurian legend which Iound a nice touch She also doesn t censor the erotic elements in the old legends in which the Rejected Rejected Rejected fairies wereull bodied beings who could be sexually attracted to humans and vice versa Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison for instance she interprets the kiss in the tale probably correctly as a convenient shorthandor something involved but she handles this uite tastefully with nothing explicitEven though she s writing Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz fantasy and describing events that can t occur Kushner writes in a way that s psychologically true and that expresses real world truths she also evokes genuine caringor all of her important characters and spins a bittersweet tale that conjures real emotional involvement It also doesn t hurt that in my opinion she s one of the best English language stylists writing today considered just in terms of her mastery of and treatment of language This novel earned the World Fantasy Award when it was published and it couldn t receive any less than Buck: A Memoir five starsrom me Thomas the Rhymer is a worthy and beautiful noveliza. Based on the Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors famous ballad Thomas the Rhymer is a dramaticictionalized account of the medievalmagical some passages near left me in tears She has such a lair or words and this book is