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Fantastic moralistic beauty
on 9 July 2006
If reading this review, I assume you belong to three types of character. You are either
a) Wondering whether you should buy this book DESPITE the hype and want to know if it is as good as it's rumoured to be
b) You may have read it in the distant past and are lightly skimming a review to see if you want to obtain a copy
c) Bored and reading the reviews in case you find an opinion you dislike in a review and can comment on or simply want a fresh look
Well, whatever you are, "a" "b" or "c" and I assume the majority will be "a" I am going to recommend this book.
I always maintain that in most cases, if the book is well-written and has an okay plot line whether it's a good book or not is entirely up to the reader. And in a lot of cases, the first Harry Potter book is a good book. Below I attempt to outline the main reasons I think it is:
1. It is well-written and funny. J. K. Rowling has an inescapable wit and charm that permeates her books. The detail and intricacy cannot help but be adored and her level of observation reminds you in part of another literary giantess, Jane Austen. (Albeit in a modern guise for those of you who insist Jane Austen's genius can be compared to none.)
2. The imagination that is drawn into it is astonishing and you realise the level of intelligence this woman possesses to have created such a complex, diverse and yet intensely loveable world.
3. The morals are perhaps the main reason (and this fact becomes more relevant as the series progresses) the whole good overcoming evil concept is immensely gratifying. Indeed, you may observe that Harry is one of the truly good characters of the series, devoid of any malice.
4. The pronounced humanity. Harry's confused grief at his parent's death, and in further books, other significants, strikes a chord in many hearts. It makes it a book to treasure.
Whether you will like this or not, I don't have any control over but if I retain the ability to sway you in a direction, I hope it's positive because despite the hype and despite the pretended paganism it is a fantastic novel.