[DWJ] Monthly Read-Along

Ellen Willcox eawil3 at email.wm.edu
Sun Nov 10 12:38:06 EST 2013

I've always loved "The Plague of Peacocks."  Certainly it is funny and
wonderful overall, but I also connected with the part when Daniel Emanuel
and his sister are told by Mrs. Platt the horrifying story of the
crucifixion.  My family are atheists, and not particularly aggressive about
it, but the discovery of that fact was always a major shock to other people
in our small, conservative, Southern US town.  Once, when my brother and I
were children, a babysitter made and earnest and pretty scary attempt to
convert us, then told us not to tell our parents.  (Naturally, we did, and
that sitter did not come back.)  When I first read "The Plague of
Peacocks," I hit that scene and thought, "Yes!  I remember that!"  At least
my little brother didn't go off and try to crucify himself afterward . . .

- Nic

On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:31 AM, Katarina Hjärpe
<katarina.hjarpe at gmail.com>wrote:

>  I wonder what it is that makes the sense of
> > elements left hanging so intriguing and powerful in a Link story when I
> > find it frustrating and irritating in a DWJ story.  I'm still not quite
> > sure why I find Link's work so effective.
> >
> I think it may in part be because she sometimes takes stories we're quite
> familiar with, and tell the bits before that we're not so familiar with.
> We've all read and seen stories about aliens landing or boys being chased
> by monsters, but all the intricacies of *waiting* for the aliens to land or
> for the monster to show up are developed in her stories.
> There are some where I would want more, like the library story (I can't
> remember the name of it now), but it still feels mostly like a glimpse of a
> larger world that perhaps doesn't have to be explored.
> And I don't want to put down DWJ's stories, which are often lovely in many
> ways, but I do sometimes get the feeling that it's chapter 1 (or sometimes
> chapter 10) of a book that maybe *should* be told more fully.
> Katta
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