08 January 2010

Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

It's here! It's here! And I've read it.

Enchanted Glass is wonderful. I was afraid that it couldn't live up to my months long anticipation, but it has. The challenge is how to review it. All I want to do is shout, Read Enchanted Glass.

It is a contemporary fantasy novel. It has a whiff of fairytale about it. The world is so vivid you feel you can reach through the pages and touch it. If Enchanted Glass the movie came out, I'd understand why: The movie producer couldn't resist the twist of bizarre to our flat world.

One of the themes, it seems to me, is about the lost aspects of ourselves, especially our childhood knowledge, but also how we view the world. There are numinous encounters--and people's blindness to them.

The characters are incredible. Most books treat characters as if they and their lives exist only for the length of the novel's narrative. As if novels are magnified bubbles. In Enchanted Glass the characters have lives before and after and carrying through the events described in the novel. I can't find words to describe the effect, but it's seductive.

Read Enchanted Glass

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