The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

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Una guida per il fantasy, un’analisi completa che mostra schemi ricorrenti e punti deboli del genere, il tutto scritto senza dimenticare umorismo e sottointesi rimandi ad opere ben note.
Più sotto riporto il commento, qui condivido una delle voci del glossario, anche perchè in questo caso la potenza del linguaggio la si può percepire solo leggendo.

HORSES are of a breed unique to Fantasyland. They are capable of galloping full-tilt all day without a rest. Sometimes they do not require food or water. They never cast shoes, go lame, or put their hooves down holes, except when Management deems it necessary, as when the forces of the DARK LORD are only half an hour behind. They never otherwise stumble. Nor do they ever make life difficult for Tourists by biting or kicking their riders or one another. They never resist being mounted or blow out so that their girths slip, or do any of the other things that make horses so chancy in this world. For instance, they never shy and seldom whinny or demand sugar at inopportune moments. But for some reason you cannot hold a conversation while riding them. If you want to say anything to another Tourist (or vice versa), both of you will have to rein to a stop and stand staring out over a VALLEY while you talk. Apart from this inexplicable quirk, Horse can be used just like bicycles, and usually are. Much research into how these exemplary animals come to exist has resulted in the following: no mare ever comes into season on the Tour and no STALLION ever shows an interest in a mare; and few Horses are described as geldings. It therefore seems probable that they breed by pollination. This theory seems to account for everything, since it is clear that the creatures do behave more like vegetables than mammals. It also explains why the ANGLO-SAXON COSSACKS and the DESERT NOMADS appear to have a monopoly on horse-breeding. They alone possess the secret of how to pollinate them.

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[ARC] Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life’s Unexpected Journeys by Devin Brown

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L’autore in questo testo riprende alcuni dei concetti alla base dello Hobbit e ci ricorda quanto possano essere ricondotti alla vita di tutti i giorni: alcuni esempi sono l’attaccamento ai beni materiali, il desiderio di accumulare ricchezze, le amicizie e la loro necessità per superare le difficoltà etc..

Per ogni tema l’autore riassume la sua presenza nelle opere di Tolkien (principalmente Hobbit e Il signore degli anelli), il messaggio a cui Tolkien mirava e come è possibile applicarlo quotidianamente.

Una rilettura interessante, chiaramente dedicata ai conoscitori ed appassionati dei romanzi citati, gli altri cadrebbero dritti nelle grinfie del demone dello spoiler.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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* Hobbit lessons: a map for life’s inexpected journeys by Devin Brown ★★★☆☆½

*Ho letto questo libro in Inglese