[DWJ] Black Maria

Kylie Ding kylie_ding at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 13 14:25:20 EST 2017


I don't get on with it.  The plot hasn't stayed with me, though I've read it at least twice.

Kylie

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From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Melissa Proffitt
Sent: 13 December 2017 15:35
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Black Maria

I don't think I've read it more than once. But I can't now remember why not. I do remember finding Aunt Maria deeply disturbing.

Melissa Proffitt

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From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Jameela Lares
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 5:16 AM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Black Maria

I have not been able to read _Black/Aunt Maria_ through even once, though I also could not read through even the first of the Series of Unfortunate Events.  Too many triggers.  My childhood was not safe, but it is some comfort to think that many childhoods must have been, given how many people can be entertained by domestic terror.

Cheers,

Jameela Lares
Professor of English
Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor, 2017-2019 The University of Southern Mississippi
108 College Drive #5037
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001



-----Original Message-----
From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Chris Cooke
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 3:28 AM
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Black Maria

I'm wondering whether or not to add this, but, here goes - Black Maria (Aunt Maria) is the only one of Diana's books that I am unable to endlessly re-read. On my first reading of it I found it crushingly depressing.
Anyone else?

Chris.
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