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dark and terrifying, think carefully before you give to a child,
This review is from: The Brothers Lionheart (Paperback)
I was given a copy of this book at about 10 and it terrified me. The story starts with two boys dying in poverty in Victorian Sweden After death they arrive in a seeming paradise which they quickly discover is actually ruled over by a dark tyrant. Over the course of the book they encounter further terror, culminating in disfigurement and death once again. The only glimmer of hope is the prospect of entering yet another paradise after their second death.
The book gave me very real nightmares, and I remember not wanting to tell my family how scared I had been by it. Having re-read it in my thirties I can now see more clearly what a very dark book it is.
Having said that, this is just my experience: I can see from the other reviews here that some people found in the book a strong message of courage and nobility. So all i will say is make sure you know VERY well the child you're going to give this to.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2011 12:46:42 BDT
Yes, some overgentle souls might be frightened especially if this is one of their first encounters with such a literature. But it depends very much of a point of view. For me as a growing up child it was one of the most beautiful books I had in my hand. It is not about dying, it is about life. Courrage. Determination. Honesty. Friendship. Hope. It was one of the books that shaped my personality and I will make sure my kids read it as soon as they are old enough for it.
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