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Very Good Book,
This review is from: Jesse Jameson and the Curse of Caldazar (Jesse Jameson Alpha to Omega) (Paperback)Jesse Jameson and the Curse of Caldazar is a stunning book that touches on the territory of Lord of the Flies in its use of the apocalypse and exploration of the cruelty and exploitation common humanity is capable of. Its parallels with modern society, especially the Iraq/US conflict are striking. Indeed, I spotted a parallel with the Bogie Beast in Book 2, who hides in the subteranean worlds beneath mountains, and Osama bin Lauden.
Jesse's rite of passage is that of all humanity/creation as it totters on the brink - a multi-layered brink with elements of the political and the personal brilliantly exploited by Mr Wright to give a book not only accessible to young people but enjoyable to a more adult readership.
At the centre is the character of Zundrith with her cry, "Feed me now!" She is an endemic metaphor for the instant results many young people desire in their lives. She is the spellmaker and cursed who works hidden for most of the book behind the scenes trying to plot Jesse's downfall, in a way worthy of Beckett, the condition of man at the end of a century of world conflict.
As a teacher of English in a secondary school I would recommend this to any of my students between 11 and 14 as a thought provoking text which will grip them from the first page. As a human being I am glad I read what is sure to become a classic.