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Mirimirage

Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

Currently reading

Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
The Storm in the Barn - Matt Phelan Growing up during the Dust Bowl, Jack and his sisters know little but poverty, depression, and anxiety. Their father is depressed, the older girl is seriously ill, and Jack is badly bullied by other boys. The children's only pleasures are fantasy stories and their mother's memories of a green and prosperous past.

The dominant use of dull, sere colors and the repetitive, often wordless panels did a great job of conveying the dead dryness of the land and the boredom and despair of the people who could do nothing to save their livelihoods. This technique did make the book a little dull, especially visually, but it would be effective for teaching about the Dust Bowl.

I'm not particularly interested in this period and was attracted by the supernatural element. I wish that had been developed more extensively.