REVIEW Ä Silver on the Tree

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REVIEW Ä Silver on the Tree ã [PDF / Epub] ☂ Silver on the Tree By Susan Cooper – The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world And Will Stanton last born of the immortal Old Ones dedicated to keeping the world free must join forces with his ageless master Me The Dark is rising in its last and greatTh in the darkly brooding Welsh hills in a uest through time and space that touches the most ancient myths of the British Isles and that brings Susan Cooper's masterful seuence of novels to a satisfying close. And now we have to talk about The Thing Spoilers abound for once because I’ve really just gotta get my teeth straight into this Before that though the rest of the book It’s honestly I’m not crazy about it I remember that this was never one I reread much as a child Well that’s not true – I reread the first third all the time but I’d stop whenever the magic started coming thick and heavy There is something so wrenching about Will and his brother by the river about Stephen caring enough to ask and his blunted adult incomprehension of Will’s answers the depth of Will’s loss in that moment Contrast that to the back half of the book which is having a uite high level discussion of the production of art and it just it’s not like it isn’t a good discussion Cooper is and was a hell of an artist herself obviously I’m just not engaging on that level after the book opens so viscerallyAll right enough stalling The ThingAs a child the end of this book was arbitrary and cruel because it directly opposed my main interest in fantasy Nothing unusual about what I was after – I wanted to read about kids having access to a world bigger than the regimented difficult pedestrian one I lived in I wanted to read about kids being able to open a door into power and wonder And the end of this book slammed the door in all our facesThis time of course I knew what was coming and as an adult I can follow the argument Cooper has been having about it all along Mostly in Greenwitch much to my adult surprise And it’s look it’s not like I agree with her I don’t to put it bluntlyBut I do get it now and I think it’s actually some really difficult territory she’s on Losing the memory of what has happened isn’t a way to strip everyone of the power they’ve accessed; it’s the only way to open the door to a new power and responsibility That’s what Merriman says anyway “For Drake is no longer in his hammock childrennor is Arthur somewhere sleeping And you may not lie idly by expecting the second coming of anyone now because the world is yours and it is up to you It makes me think of my favorite monument which is in fact a “countermonument” It’s a monument against violence and fascism a pillar designed over time to sink into the ground and disappear Eventually the monument space will be empty because as the monument itself reads “in the end it is only we ourselves who can rise up against injustice”I love it It’s a symbol of how collective recovery is a process We have to remember but the obtrusion of the memory into the world changes over time – the emotional shadow it casts literal shadow in this case its usefulness for the business of living Not a perfect analog for the end of this book by a long shot but thinking about the monument helped me to grow a general respect for the decisions Cooper made She wrote about the passing of an age about the ascension of man No longer caught between the temptations of the dark and the outsider rebuttals of the Light So yes casting the Dark out of the world means that the Light too must go and I can see the esthetic sense in which she concluded as a matter of course that they must forget No one is coming to save us as Merriman says and the kinds of power she was writing about – the alien magic of the Light and the complicated ownership man has over the world – could not exist in the same spaceIt still deeply offends me on a personal level on behalf of the Drews They earned those memories with a lot of courage and striving Living through it changed them and to have it all so casually erased is still outrageous to me a kind of assault But on the broader thematic level yeah all right I get it I don’t like it But I get it

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The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world And Will Stanton last born of the immortal Old Ones dedicated to keeping the world free must join forces with his ageless master Merriman a. an excellent finale for a smashing series I particularly appreciated how the chapters alternated between magical duo Will Bran and the resolutely normal Drew children showing their differing reactions to the Rising everything comes together nicely in the end special shout out to a superb new villain The White Rider swoon yes I'm swooning for an infernal chaos loving completely dastardly Lord of the Dark The White Rider gave me some wonderful chills especially during the train ride revealfor meThe Dark Is Rising The Grey King Silver on the Tree Greenwitch Over Sea Under Stonedifferent ratings for different books; overall the series is 5 stars a favorite among all of the series I've read I found that in my 2nd and sometimes 3rd reread that my feelings about the individual novels have pretty much stayed the samethere's enough excellent reviews out there for this book that I'm not sure I have much to say except one thing in response to my friend Alex who made a comment on an earlier book's review thread the comment was basically sharing their dislike of a scene in this book where Will and members of his family stick up for a bullied Indian child and then face off against the bully's smiling racist of a father the dislike is understandable Alex felt it was yet another example of white people rescuing poor lil' brown peoplethis brown person tan really begs to differ they are uite far from being condescending throwaway scenes ones created only to illustrate the Stanton family's essential goodness in many ways these scenes are the heart and the point of the whole series specifically what is causing The Dark to rise at this point in human historywe've had hints in prior books about a previous Rising and in this book we have the whole story that Rising was the brutal incursion of Vikings and the wholesale slaughter of those that they came across; the whispers of The Dark are behind those invasions making those particular incursions different from other such atrocities in that first Rising the idea is that humans have become inured to slaughtering other humans and The Dark has taken advantage of that tendency and turned it into a blank apathy or a mindless cruelty a disinterest in anything besides slaughterthis modern Rising is different except for its basic mindlessness and blankness cruelty and apathy those things are not necessarily transformed into atrocity that mindless apathy and blank cruelty instead become a new sort of tool and weapon for The Dark namely the complacent and knee jerk rejection of difference as embodied by attitudes towards immigrants from exploited former colonial territories and the tendency to reject that difference without empathy or any attempt to understand those immigrants' context and England's role in creating that context this is a political point and a comment on human nature that Cooper is explicitly making it is important to recognize that point if the reader truly wants to understand what Cooper is describing as a modern evil indeed this evil is the very source of how the dark is able to spread and to risesorta relevant for today's world too eh


Silver on the TreeNd Bran the Welsh boy whose destiny ties Silver on PDFEPUBhim to the Light Drawn in with them are the three Drew children who are mortal but have their own vital part in the story These six fight fear and dea. I remember loving these books as a child but I had forgotten how much I skipped over Re reading childhood favorites is dangerous but in the case of the Dark Is Rising books you really should not do itWhat I loved was the Drew children because Stone Over Sea is a wonderful book and I kept reading to get of them But everything having to do with Will Stanton was so outrageously irritating I nearly didn't finish the fifth book Silver on the Tree Good lord He magically gets all these outrageous powers with no effort then is a rarefied Old One and crucial to the survival of the worldFirst off I hate it when people get superpowers without any cost Second Will is boring He just is He doesn't have to fight for anything Third his powers are awfully convenient or inconvenient and that's just annoying Every E Nesbit book is infinitely careful about powers and rules and costs than these booksSilver On the Tree was the worst offender followed closely by The Dark Is Rising for being full of convoluted and nonsensical challenges and mysterious labyrinths of guesswork About fifty pages of Silver on the Tree the part in the Lost Lands could have been cut out with no discernible loss I went back to read these because of my own writing in YA and I did learn a lot but I never expected so much of it to be what not to do I learned a tremendous amount about writing terror in children Stone Over Sea is completely terrifying Barney and Jane and Simon constantly in situations far beyond their understanding or capabilities But that is nearly always human danger danger from recognizable human sources even when those are driven by the Dark When the danger is oversized and silly it's impossible to grasp like the absurd Tethys and the bellowing Greenwitch who just become bizarre and almost laughable in Greenwitch after a very promising beginning with an extremely frightening figure made of branches and leaves Whereas by far the most terrifying thing to me in the whole series was the farmer who shot Bran's beautiful dog I'm still in shock from that So when I write YA with supernatural elements I want to be sure to keep my evil and my danger located firmly in the human The supernatural is always a metaphor somehow isn't it The supernatural Dark should stand for the darkness within us not the other way around