[DWJ] Rainbow Fish (was: OT: Diana Hendry)
charlescbutler at btinternet.com
Mon Jul 17 09:05:07 EDT 2006
Your bookseller has helpfully given you the plot in reverse, and made a much more interesting book as a result!
"Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale)" <Philip.Belben at eon-uk.com> wrote:
> |I've always had a similar problem with _The Rainbow Fish_: give away
> |the thing that makes you stand out in order to make everybody
> |absolutely equal, so nobody is at all special any more.
> This is precisely why I *hate* the Rainbow Fish. Instead of
> finding what's beautiful about all the fish, the one special fish
> has to rip apart his own body to make friends.
As I said, I'd never seen the Rainbow Fish in English. So on Saturday,
I asked a friendly bookseller. She didn't have it in stock, but said
(and I paraphrase):
It's a lovely book. It's about belonging. He's boring, and has to
hide, so the other fish each give him something of themselves, and he
becomes a rainbow fish.
Are we talking about the same book here?
The idea of it being "about belonging" would certainly fit but the rest?
FWIW, I've never really "belonged" anywhere, with a few exceptions (this
list being one), so a book about belonging might mean something
different to me compared with most people.
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