Joan Aiken (Was; Re Regency and other fantasy)
alex.mb at zoo.co.uk
Mon Sep 3 20:09:47 EDT 2001
Is shocked me when I first read it. The contrast between is's lack of name
and the elaborate, classical names of Dido and Penelope was stark. But then
again, Pa cared about none of them and Is fo9und herself in the dark and
could name herself there. I'm sure there's lots of complex linguistical
stuff in ther butit's late and I'm still playing scrabble.
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> I've been following this thread with interest, as I have most of JAs
> books. The best of them I love, but I definitely have to be in the
> right mood. I think the ones I prefer are the out and out dark ones
> (like Dido and Pa) to the ones that while, appearing lighter, have a
> looming edginess. The most shocking, imo, is "Is", haven't read it
> for a while, but the eponymous heroine, so called because the
> woman in whose house she lives declares that she's " 'is" as in
> "his" meaning Dido's Pa.
> I somehow doubt that a Dwj mother and an Aiken father could
> successfully raise children between them at all. JA's father was the
> poet Conrad Aiken, iirc not a good parent. i find it interesting that
> many of the fathers in JA are similarly talented.
> magic, if present, can do almost anything
> Diana Wynne Jones
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