Monday, June 9, 2008
Book Review: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
This is a retold fairy tale of a faithful ladies maid who keeps account of her time locked in a tower with her Lady, their escape and their journey to different kingdom where they find work as kitchen workers. This is an entertaining adventure driven by loyalty, trust, perseverance and love.
This book is a great example of "voice" especially when it comes to the protagonists world view. Hale brings the reader into another time and culture where the mindset is diametrically opposed to current day America. The main character is strong, witty, educated and resourceful and yet she is content with her place in the world as deemed by her social status: to serve gentry and do their bidding no matter the cost.
Hale makes the character and her world-view believable through the cohisive use of skillful language, clever imagery and symbolism and the underlying emotional theme that drives the story.