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Book Report #96: Alice Hoffman, the Foretelling

A YA novel about a young girl who is fated to grow up Queen of the Amazons. Lyrically written in fragments, a kind of mosaic told in first person. It has just a few absolutely perfect sentences in it, and there can never be too many perfect sentences in the world.

It's dreamlike and mythical rather than grounded and historical, and I enjoyed it a great deal.

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That sounds quite fun!

Also. ICON LOVE.
I have been trying to think of a word for Alice Hoffman's style and the closest I can come is a sort of slippery translucence -- as if the story is told like a clear but very fast running stream. Which sounds.... I don't know. But she has that quality of clarity mixed with a sense of things always just out of reach.
this sounds neat. I've not read much by Alice Hoffman - are there any others you enjoyed or would recommend? the one I know I've read is Here On Earth, and I could never quite get inside its skin.
Green Angel.

An absolutely shatteringly, heartbreakingly, sad work.

It DESTROYED me for days, and I'm not easily altered by outside stimuli.
I fall in love with the cover for that one every time I see it. I'll have to hunt it down. thank you for the rec!
It was actually the first of Alice Hoffman's work that I read. When I still worked at the bookstore, it was kind of my job to read the SF/F stuff, including that with a YA bent. I picked it up and read it on my lunch break (bad idea). And didn't put two and two together for about a MONTH.
man, I wish I worked at that kind of bookstore. did they let you catch up with reading on shift? I've always liked bookstores where the person minding the cashwrap sits reading, buried in a pile of books. it's an endorsement, yanno? ^_^

Edited at 2008-05-05 11:24 pm (UTC)
Only if you were the manager. :P
haha. yep, that would do it. ;)
*sigh* I think I could have gone without knowing that she had a new YA out. Between that, and the Carey galley that will be hitting My Spies any day now, I'm gonna be stretching by budget for books. Being umemployed sucks. :P
*bad influence*