By Norton Juster
3 stories of wonder
Three quests for greatness
Three feats of imagination
Norton Juster, writer of the cherished vintage <i>The Phantom Tollbooth,</i> stocks spellbinding tales that entertain and delight. the 1st is of Alberic and his unending look for wisdom—will his trip fulfill him in spite of everything? the second one unearths a boy with out illusions and a princess with out state. The 3rd is the story of the richest monarch within the world—and the poorest. What they observe is as fun because it is unexpected.
With attractive illustrations by way of Domenico Gnoli, <i>Alberic the clever and different Journeys</i> is a booklet as wealthy in which means because it is enjoyable to learn.
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She asked, as she kissed him on the forehead. The kiss was colder than ice; it went quite through to his heart, which was already almost a lump of ice; he felt as if he were going to die, but only for a moment; he soon seemed quite well again, and did not notice the cold around him. Lewis once referred to Jadis as a “Circe” character, from the sorceress in Homer’s The Odyssey who turns Odysseus’ men into pigs. ) for Kay. The looking-glass shards are to blame. They make Kay believe that cold is good, even when the queen keeps him in her castle near the North Pole, where he “sleeps at her feet” for so long that almost everyone thinks he is dead.
His adventure stories aren’t read widely now, but some, such as King Solomon’s Mines and Allan Quatermain, still inspire movies. As with Nesbit, echoes of Haggard’s inﬂuHaggard was ence can be seen in many of Lewis’s themes, one of the first settings, plot elements, and characters. Jadis is authors to have one of the most obvious. Professor Mervyn a book turned Nicholson says, “Jadis owes more to Haggard into a movie. ” Jadis, as Nicholson explains, earliest days of comes from Haggard’s character Ayesha, also known as She and She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.
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Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys by Norton Juster
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