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Outstanding - an emotional, physical and spiritual adventure,
This review is from: Gatty's Tale (Mass Market Paperback)
I think it is better to have read the Arthur novels first, as it puts the adventure into context and makes the emotional impact so much greater and more satisfying.
The story involves peasant girl Gatty, orphaned and friendless, being taken on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On the way she gets educated, sees the good and bad in people, faces danger and abandonment but stays true to her Christian values and inevitably begins to grow in confidence and maturity into a woman.
Compared to the Arthur books, this one feels longer, as the long pilgrimage is covered in some detail. It never lingers too long, but you do get a good sense of the pace of the journey - some locations such as the towns are bustling and chaotic, whereas life on a ship is tedious and restricted. You can never be sure whether people are good or bad at first encounter, and events happen without warning which keeps you guessing the outcomes and makes any resolution uncertain.
The end is a long time coming and takes you on a roller coaster of emotion, with heartbreak and happiness, both regarding Arthur and Gatty's new found confidence. Maybe it is a bit more of a girly novel than the Arthur books, but it remains a realistic adventure that stays in your mind, and has an emotional depth that many other lack.