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Chalice by Robin McKinley (copyright 2008)

Pleasant, slight, feels-like-not-much-more-than-novella and very quick to read despite 250+ pages of text. Delightful writing, as usual.

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fjm
10th Nov, 2008 13:01 (UTC)
And unnervingly destinarian.

One cannot ever, ever have a bourgois revolution, because the Land Itself Demands Feudalism.
coth
10th Nov, 2008 13:56 (UTC)
Good point. Can one even develop a bourgeoisie? There is a reference to a court and a king, but the inhabitants of the demesnes do not travel, the demesnes are self-sufficient, and there's no mention of trade. Mirasol self-educates and innovates, but is so focussed on her role as Chalice that I doubt she would think far enough out of the box to change the demesne's constitution. If memory serves correctly, McKinley commented on Thursday that Chalice developed from a short story. It does not really have more than a short-story's worth of content or thinking behind it, I feel. A minor work at best.

anef
10th Nov, 2008 21:37 (UTC)
I can't say that was my first reaction to reading it - I thought of it more as an environmental fable. But I agree that the bad guys are not exactly fleshed out. I prefer bad guys whose motivations I can understand and to an extend sympathise with. I enjoyed Chalice a lot, anyway, in spite of this, and I look forward to re-reading it.
fjm
10th Nov, 2008 21:41 (UTC)
I really enjoyed the book. And then I sat down and thought about it and realised how trapped everyone was by the ending.

I'd sort of hoped they would lose, leave the land and nothing would be as bad as they had been taught to believe.
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