|Submitted by Petit Sourice |
(Mar 04, 2012)
Oh wow.... this was A VERY good read. Good as in I can see why its still in print even though its 26 years old. I wanted to read this when I was in 7th grade on the recommendation of a classmate who was also a reader. But... well, here I am, 26 years later and I am finally reading it. I wish I could ask that classmate what drew him to the book because it was brand new at that time.
So, the book is about a bunch of mice who defend their abbey (Redwall) from an attack by Cluny the Scourge (a rat).
It has been a LONG time since I have cared about characters. And I have come away from this story dying to know what will happen to them and cheering defeat of villainous characters and even getting misty eyed from time to time about how the characters react. I mean, this book is ALL about the characters.
There are complaining, absent minded birds, bitter and arguing shrews, timid mice, brave mice, weasels, hedgehogs, rabbits.... Every single one of them with their own issues which flesh out their characters and even their race.
It was a VERY fast and easy read as I think the book is written just so, so well. The characters are given memorable names. There is a hedgehog named Ambrose Spike for instance. And for the record, I suspect Ambrose's character is based on Saint Ambrose who lived in the late 300s. And the excessive use of pronouns so common with many authors is not present. He finds ways to clearly show who is speaking and to whom and how with every single bit of dialogue.
Mr. Jacques has certainly earned his way onto my bookshelf and I can say that his books, along with my other favourite authors works are going to steadily work their way onto my bookshelves.