[DWJ] Earwig and the Witch

Andrea Höst andreakhost at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 08:02:46 EDT 2011


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On 8 July 2011 21:20, Charlie Butler <charles.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hopefully people who ordered have now had time to read *Earwig and the Witch
> *. I haven't reread it since I first got it a month ago, but what struck me
> most was that, in my opinion at least....
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I think Earwig's story is one of "the right people".  Earwig is, ah,
very much herself.  And she is taken home by two people who, on the
whole, she _fits with_.

I can but imagine that everyone at the orphanage was most pleased
Earwig had found somewhere she suited.


> ...Earwig is not only a witch herself, she's an *evil* witch of exactly the
> manipulative kind that DWJ so often made the villain. She sees everyone,
> from her friend at the orphanage to the witch who takes her in, purely in
> terms of how they can be worked on.  She's Aunt Maria in bunches! And yet
> she's the heroine of the book, and there's no serious attempt made to
> distance us from her.
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> Is that not odd?
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> Charlie
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