(2/28/03 4:21:24 pm)
| Hannah's Garden
Hey all, and Midori especially,
Just started Hannah's Garden today and couldn't put it down until I was called for dinner. By that point I was already half-way through. Very wonderful Midori.
Also, has some interesting parallells to Holly's Tithe, but with a very different setting and feel. Anyway, to any of you who haven't read it yet - I highly recommend it.
(3/1/03 1:10:06 pm)
| Re: Hannah's
I'll second the recommendation. "Hannah's Garden" is a thoroughly enchanting page turner! Both it and "Tithe" bring elements of fairie firmly into the 21st century, while never loosing the aspect of the timelessness of magic. KUDOS to both authors...
An aside to Midori...
If I'm remembering correctly, wasn't this novel originally concieved as a part of Froud's - Faerielands - series?
I think is it interesting that Patricia McKillip's offering of "Something Rich and Strange" also contains a notable degree of hare imagery and references. In SRAS it seems more connected to the feminine, though, while in "Hannah's Garden" I see (and I guess it just could be me?) a more masculine association. Any thoughts / comments on this?
(3/3/03 2:42:37 am)
| Many thanks
Thank you both so much for the really nice response to Hannah's Garden! I really appreciate it!
Donna: yes, it was originally part of the series and as such we had decided on a few images that might travel through the books. One of those was the use of trickster hare. My hare is male perhaps because that's how I have always heard of him--Tibetan hare tricksters, Brer Rabbit, African hares (In a South African story I grew up with this hare played the imbira and sang in a high pitch little voice--hilarious). And finally, just before I started work on the novel I met the fiddler in a bar in town at a huge session. He was just visiting for a few days but it was astonishing how quickly he took command of the session, just from the brillance of his playing. The best part, he made us sound really, really good--so it wasn't about ego, just the joy of the making the music.