Monday, September 30, 2013

Marz is reading...



...the sequel to The Shining! Just out.
She reports that little Danny has grown up and is not doing so well. Struggling with alcoholism and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

Yes! Finally, the truth.
This soothes my soul, which is outraged whenever it recalls that Harry Potter and his little friends grow up to be... just fine. (And for some reason, this comes to mind fairly often.)
NO WAY! They would be twitchy messes, every one of them, at the very least.

Marz says I shouldn't take the ending of Harry Potter at face value. At the very end, when they're all standing on platform 9 3/4 , she says, Harry is just about to throw himself in front of the Hogwarts train.

That's more like it.

7 comments:

bink said...

Will März sleep tonight? That's the question.

bink said...

Huh? How did those dots end up over Marz's "a" in the first comment? Never did that before... didn't do it this time.

Marz said...

Bink: I actually did pause on my way to bed last night and remind myself that "Mrs. Massey" is fictional. And that was after only 5 pages! Hope it doesn't tunnel too deep...

Bookworm said...

Alan Garner's Boneland also looks at the traumatic impact of childhood exposure to ancient weirdness. Not an easy read, but an extraordinary inside view of mental illness ( and the dangers of dealing with myth and magic).

Fresca said...

BOOKWORM: Weird, the library doesn't have that book. Oh--looks like it just came out! Wuld you recommend any of his earlier books?

Bookworm said...

My favourite Alan Garner book is The Owl Service -a 1960s take on a Welsh myth. His children's book Elidor is great too. They are quite intense and unsettling.

Fresca said...

BOOKW: I just finished "The Owl Service" last night.
You are right, NONE of the let's-soften-it-for-the-kiddies about it.
It's downright weird and frightening and unclear.
Loved it!
Will look for more by Garner---had never heard of him---for some reason, the best British children's books authors don't seem to be well known here. Like Joan Aiken too. (Too weird?)