Monday, September 12, 2011
Book Review : Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne.
Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family.
Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips.
These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction, if only they can tolerate each other long enough to come up with a plan. Tough to save the world when you can't even be in the same room together.
Magic, cunning, and one very special cat join forces in this hilarious, extraordinary tale by the author of Dairy Queen and Princess Ben. An incredibly creative tale told with diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, even a stage play, all woven together into a grand adventure.\
As I sit to write this review I am still conflicted on how I feel about this book. I thought it was very clever to have the story told in different formats. Diary entries, memoirs, encyclopedia. letter, biography and stage play. I thought that the story was very funny, but the language in the book made it overwhelming at times. "Besides, I hear tell the heavens make a very fine blanket"-a riposte, it should be confessed, that he had wielded many tines, always to widespread mirth."
I think I may have missed out on parts of the storyline because I was focusing on the wording instead of just the story in general. I was unprepared for this writing style when I first picked it up, and I'm always nervous about a book that has a dictionary in the back, it reminds me of homework.
It took me some time to get into the story and the world, the development of what was happening. But I had a hard time keeping on track as well. I found myself having to read paragraphs over again to understand what was being said.
This was not my first time reading a story with this vocabulary, but I was really caught off guard by it and could not maintain good concentration while reading.
I am not a fan of classic novels, but if you are a fan of the classics and want something light, humorous and different I suggest you give this one a try.