A Mirror for Witches is a Ebook This is an absolutely fascinating story written in a style I haven t come across before If you re a reader who likes reading about the Salem witch trials you need to
A Mirror for Witches is a Ebook This is an absolutely fascinating story written in a style I haven't come across before. If you're a reader who likes reading about the Salem witch trials, you need to add this to your list pronto.Forbes wrote this book back in the late 1920's, but the style and "voice" she used for the narrative is so authentic to the 17th century that it's almost like reading a 350 year old manuscript. It's written in 3rd person, almost like a moral/religious text primer, with elaborate and long-sentenced chapter titles and black and white woodcut prints throughout.The story itself, concerning the life of an orphaned girl named Doll Bilby, is both pathetic and compelling at the same time. Doll's parents were both burned as witches/warlocks in Brittany and Doll witnesses their fiery deaths. An English merchant sea captain adopts Doll and takes her home to his wife, who despises Doll from day one and attributes all kinds of satanic powers to the child. The Puritan Bilby family soon leave England for the new world and settle into a small community near Salem, MA. As Doll grows into womanhood, her wild and un-Puritan-like ways set her against the rigid religious community. It doesn't help that she's also a beauty.The narrative is written in such a way as to showcase the outrage against Doll's perceived witchcrafty-ness, while at the same time provoking in the reader the very opposite effect. The supernatural events related throughout the story can all have an alternative, logical, man-made source, but is deliberately vague as to whether Doll's alleged crimes are occult in nature, or just the product of the hyper-religious superstition, hysteria and hatred that was prevalent in the culture at that time.Excellent, thought-provoking stuff.. A novel written in the 1920s and set in the Salem witch hunting days A young girl is convinced by the spirit of the times that the accusation against her of witchcraft is true.. Good Kindle A Mirror for Witches A Mirror for Witches (1928) - Esther ForbesDark, powerful and wonderfully wrought! You're probably familiar with the author for her book Johnny Tremain, but i did not know of this book written 15 years earlier for older readers. Highly recommended. There is much here to discuss when read in a book group.========================================================================What follows aren't spoilers, but if you want to read thisbook knowing nothing before you start, then go do that.========================================================================This book uses a sort of unreliable narrator (sometimes a dislikable narrator) to great affect. If a story's context is the distorted beliefs and prejudice of a collective group, placing the narrator with the group and having the gap lie between the reader and narrator adds extra stress and drama to the story. This dissonance forces the reader to do the work to make moral sense of the story and increases the reader's bond with a main character isolated on the outside. The risk is having the reader swayed inordinately by the narrator and joining the distorted world of the group. This story never fails in this risk although at moments i found myself dramatically flickering along the edge. Adding to the sense of drama, is this book's realistic "period voice", which again adds work and reward to the reader.[I'd love to hear a comment if you can think of a story that takes this sort of risk and fails.:]About the illustrations in the book: The wood cuts by Robert Gibbings are a pleasing blend of influence from the novel's time and a sort of style contemporary to their creation in the 1920s.========================================================================Very minor spoilers ahead.========================================================================I really love that the reader's bond with the isolated includes the main character and the [non-human:] animals.Quite a zing in that final sentence don't you think? Interesting that it seems to break the time setting through to today.Quote from book:... in that world of witchery which none today will ever see. For in those days there were sights and wonders that will not come again. In those days God was nearer to man than He is to-day, and where God is there also must be His Evil Opponent -- the Prince of Lies, for show me Paradise, and there around a corner, I will show you Hell.
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