At The Back of the North Wind Book Summary and Study Guide

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Set in London around 1900, the young boy Diamond has to learn to drive Diamond the horse, which pulls his father's cab. The family is very poor and sometimes starving, and he sleeps over the stables where the horses are kept, but he is such a happy child that folks call him 'God's Baby'. And he is no ordinary boy: one night he is visited in his bedroom by North Wind, who is a beautiful woman, a breeze, or a storm, as she chooses. He discovers that she plays a powerful role in our lives and she is able to take him on a dozen wild adventures and teach him many things about the world that very few know, be they adult or child. He is even privileged to see the land at the Back of the North Wind. There is also a 'story within a story' in this book, which is worth reading on its own. It is a classical fairy story about Princess Daylight, who is blessed at birth by the good witches, but cursed by a bad one. A prince has to sort it out and they live happily ever after. However, Diamond's story has a tragic but beautiful ending. 'North Wind' is different to the 'Princess and Curdie' stories, but strangely similar. Recommended for anyone up to age of twelve, then again after the age of twenty-five.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   a kid If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl    -   can see into the future    -   healing Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Water Earth setting:    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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