Sunday, June 26, 2016
What a treat! Picked up because it is the 2016 Nebula Award Best Novel recipient, I was pleasantly surprised. Surprised because lately the award winners I have been reading have been somewhat yucky (yep I think I will stick to that...they were yucky!). Yucky because these award winners were ugly, corrupt, violent, coarse, and full of bad people. Uprooted had the same kind of characters and events in it but wasn't yucky. There was ugliness, corruption, violence and bad people, yet the difference for me, I suppose, is that the coarseness was absent, and of course this isn't realistic fiction in any way.
Uprooted drew me in immediately, and was an engrossing read all of the way through. The story was fresh and new (though it was liberally steeped in folklore of the Slavic persuasion). It was wonderful, exciting and a little romantic (the 'happily ever after' of this new folktale).
I am excited over the resurgence of these kinds of books. I have students who don't really believe me when I tell a group that the original folktales were not meant for children, and then try to explain why (without traumatizing them with some truly gruesome, or should I say Grimm, examples). I love Uprooted, it is like the standard folktale, but with new twists, making what was old, new and fantastic again, giving life to while paying homage to the old... and this time, giving it back to the grown ups!