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Drinking the Moon

This week I read The Girl Who Drank the Moon on the advice of someone who told me it was lyrical, charming, amusing. The first few pages left me unsure, but I persevered, and was rewarded with one of the most beautiful story experiences I've ever had. I felt by the end that I'd been given a draught of moonlight and it had filled me with gentle and extraordinary magic.




This is the kind of book I wish we had more of in the world. Stacks of them. Boxes full. Libraries worth. It is built on a dark and heartbreaking premise, but is rich with love, soft love and determined love, sacrificial love and the kind of love that refuses to sacrifice. It is a book that changed my life.

How beautiful it was to read the experiences of mothers and grandmothers woven through a young woman's story. How beautiful to read of community surrounding the individual heroes, for better and worse. We need such stories desperately. As I type this now, I begin to wonder how much thought storytellers should give to their part in furthering the cult of the individual that is ruining so many lives these days. We've heard for so very long about the brave hero or heroine alone in the world, facing perils without much support  ... But is that a story we want for our real lives? Isn't it more beautiful and wonderful to tell about all the people who would willingly, joyfully, help a heroine gain success? I watched the royal wedding this weekend and, although the romance of the couple was at the heart of the event, it would have been a poor thing indeed were it not for the family and friends surrounding them, each of whom had something to offer the story - the wise old grandmother, the half-mad mother, the sweet little children, the loving cousins and quirky friends.  That is the story we are, most of us, truly drawn to. The story of all the love in life. 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is rich with love and friendship. It also has Fyrian, the best dragon ever written. If you come across a copy, I recommend you read it, and be filled with its moonlit enchantment.




art by Christian Schloe.

ps, I implemented this template because I liked the way it looks on the front page. But its difficult to manage, so we'll see what happens next.



4 comments:

  1. i must find a copy of this! it sounds wonderful. i hope it is not heart-breaking...it sounds full of love. but love is sometimes heart-breaking too. you give it such praise that i must read it, and i need a beautiful story like i need air and water.

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    1. Well, it will break your heart, and weedy little flowers will grow through the cracks, and song will rise from it too, and before you know it your heart will be bigger and more beautiful than before you began reading the book.

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  2. I've added it to my reading list. Thank you.

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  3. Ah, it is only through you that I continue to read books that I might not otherwise...so thank you, Sarah. I will look for this. And I am just visiting here for the first time in awhile and I find this arrangement pleasing. But I won't get attached to it. : )

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