Publisher: New York Review Children's Collection

Defense against the Dark Arts: Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Posted November 27, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Defense against the Dark Arts: Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Otfried Preussler, Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill (1971) My second German Literature month pick was a classic fantasy from the splendid-as-always New York Review Children’s Collection. I found it a fascinating and highly skillful variation on the themes of traditional folklore, playing with motifs of power, entrapment, love, sacrifice, and freedom. Krabat is an urchin […]

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Out of the Gutter: Smith

Posted June 6, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Out of the Gutter: Smith

Leon Garfield, Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket (1967) But there was great determination in him. Each fresh disaster he endured seemed to strengthen his bond with the document…and whatever it might contain. In a way, it seemed to be payment in advance. “Dickensian” is a word freely tossed about in describing a certain strain […]

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