|Plot Summary of At The Back of the North Wind|
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Michael JR Jose
|Chapter Analysis of At The Back of the North Wind|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
- an adult (general)
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- blue collar worker
- a kid
If magical mental powers:
- can talk to animals
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
- can see into the future
Really unusual traits?
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
- 19th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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