Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

This story of Elaine of Ascolat (the Lady of Shalott) is written in first person lyrical form - like free verse poetry. I liked the style, it seemed to fit this story of a woman living in a world of men. Elaine is an interesting character - part myth part, part the author's creation - full of feeling, courage and contradiction. The other characters in this story - King Arthur, Lancelot, Gwynivere etc., fill their familiar roles well while still feeling fresh.

The reason I wasn't thrilled with this book is that I felt it was almost TOO lyrical sometimes - and incredibly repetitive. I got rather tired of reading about the sights and smells of a battle camp and of the look and feel of the trees. I wanted to keep reading because I enjoyed the plot and wanted to know what was going to happen, but sometimes I just wanted her to get on with it already. If you are a good skimmer, this book is worth reading - there is definitely beauty in the tale.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Ah, well, so I'm not batting 100% anymore... your criticisms are valid; I guess I just didn't let it bug me. It's funny what does and doesn't bug each person when we read.

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