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31 August 2012 @ 10:55 am
nearly wordless recommendation  
I read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein yesterday, and after I'd mopped up the tears, I realized that I wanted to recommend this fierce, beautiful, touching, and surprisingly even funny book to people, but I had no idea how to talk about it or what to say. I managed to read a review of it in Horn Book, of all places, that spoiled some of the developments for me, so I didn't want to do that, and I didn't want to simply parrot a bunch of commonplaces about WWII stories, and I didn't want to downplay how painful the book could be in favor of talking about the friendship between the two main characters, even though for me that's one of the things that makes the book stand out...

So here. I read Code Name Verity yesterday. You should read it too.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on September 27th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
I think "capslock and tears" should be the standard review of this book! I like the fact that it's just making the rounds, quietly traumatizing people. :)
La Reine Noire: Terms Commonly Usedlareinenoire on September 27th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, it was recommended to me months and months ago and I forgot to write it down so I promptly forgot the title (all I remembered was Elizabeth Wein, WW2, and spies). Then I happened to walk past it in the new YA section of the library so I grabbed it and then left it at home while I was gone for the conference. Came back and just blazed through it yesterday and AUGH. What a fabulous, heartbreaking book.

I kind of want to teach it because I am a glutton for punishment. O HAI UNRELIABLE NARRATOR.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on September 27th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yes! The unreliable narration is so twisty and layered, too: there are different stages of unreliability, and thinking about when and why they get deployed...I can see why you'd want to teach it. Personally, I'd have to learn how to form actual *words* about it, but hey-ho.
La Reine Noire: Terms Commonly Usedlareinenoire on September 28th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, there is that. ;) It would be like me in my Malory class where I just kept throwing up my hands and saying, "...and, also, Malory is on crack, so let's leave it there for now."
tempestsarekind: bored history boystempestsarekind on September 28th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure that that's my entire teaching method! Yesterday I mentioned to the student who came to section that I used the word "weird" a lot, and then, after that, it was like I didn't know any other words for the rest of the hour.