Wednesday, January 11, 2017
1. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
What really works in the book is the setting and what happens there. As Will learns more about the struggle he is invovled in, he moves back and forth in time, all the while the Dark mounts a vicious attack against the Light (and against his village and by extension all of Britain). The attack begins with an endless heavy snowstorm. So you get the battles and quests on the fantastic front all the while the regular people are struggling with all the effects of the weather. For me, I wish the book had been more weighted towards the latter, but I imagine younger readers probably tend to prefer the magical stuff. (It took me decades before I learned to appreciate the deep culture richness and joy of snow removal).
I'm not loving it, but it is not really the fault of the book but where my tastes lie today. I shall continue to push forward though.