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Assam & Darjeeling Paperback – May 6, 2010
More About the Author
He is the author of the novels "Assam & Darjeeling", "Matters of Mortology", "The Cradle", and the forthcoming "The Red Boy". In addition, he has written over thirty plays, many of which have been produced by theaters around the country. A few of these have even won awards.
T.M. lives in Michigan with his excellent, lovely wife and an indeterminate number of cats and children of variable age and intelligence.
In all of his work, T.M. explores boundaries -- The boundaries between worlds... the boundaries between the physical and the supernatural... the boundaries between people... and the boundaries within ourselves.
Top Customer Reviews
It all begins with a car accident that leaves two children and their mother in intensive care. Floating in an unworldly place where they can see the real world but not be seen, the kids resolve to find their mother who is not with them and bring her back. This begins a perilous journey into the Underworld where the boatman wants a coin to let them aboard for their journey down the river. Sound familiar? T.M. Camp has woven together echoes of Dante, mythology, legend, and ancient folklore to tell a tale that keeps us on the edge of our seat both to follow the quest and to identify which bits of story he is using in each situation.
We meet demons with cell phones, ancient deities driving vintage convertibles... a goddess whose is not longer worshiped and must wait tables in a diner to make ends meet ... and villains who are in pursuit of the children for ends that are hinted at but impossible to guess.
This story will appeal to anyone who knows and loves classic Western mythology. Camp has tweaked the old legends just enough to make us puzzle about each new situation and character's origin. When it falls into place we feel a sense of triumph for getting it right ... or the need to dash to the reference books to see what unknown myth he is referring to.
One of the truest pleasures of Assam & Darjeeling is the relationship between the forceful younger sister, Darjeeling, and the thoughtful, sensitive older brother, Assam.Read more ›
I don't know if this is true for the paperback and/or kindle versions but the hardcover copy that I borrowed from the library had a lot of typographical errors. It isn't as though I've never come across this before but this book had so many that I found myself having to re-read something every few chapters to try to make sense of what was happening.
You could probably make up a drinking game for how many times someone says "I have no idea." (and it's almost identical twin "I've no idea.")
I'm not just talking about one character having a catch phrase; I'd be okay with that. I could even accept two children saying that to each other over and over again, because kids can be that annoying and unoriginal sometimes. Unfortunately, in this book almost every single character says it. The author has the two main characters constantly answering each other with "I have no idea." A queen says it, a villain says it, the character with too many pets says it etc. The author really would have done well to find another way to express his characters' ignorance.
About halfway or so through the book the plot really begins to lag. The characters get to a point in which they stop to talk, and talk, and then talk some more.
I have two other complaints, but I will warn you that they reveal some of the plot.
One minor character introduces himself as James, but then the characters just up and decide to call him Jimmy.Read more ›
The story itself is well worth a read. It is sad, sombre and serious, and yet humour still shows through in some spots. This humour mostly shows during the interactions between the siblings.
The book starts with a boy and girl who aren't named until well into the book. This lack of naming really helps to highlight the power of names, which is one of the themes of the book. The story follows Assam and Darjeeling (the names the boy and girl give themselves) as they search for their mother in the Underworld. They have adventures, both good and bad along the way. It was interesting to see how each encounter developed and occurred.
Both Assam and Darjeeling grow and mature as the story progresses. It is a slow growth, but still very visible. It was subtle and yet profound.
As the end neared, I was able to guess what would happen, but that didn't make the emotional punch of it any less forceful.
Overall, this was a rich and intriguing story. The "bad guy" was scary and his story was unexpected. There are emotional punches scattered throughout the story, along with giggles and gasps. Overall, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A boy and girl set out to rescue their mother from the Underworld, meeting various denizens, gods and demigods of that country along the way. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by MrsLee
This is one of those books you can't stop recommending to everyone you know. If you are not well-versed in the classic tales of "the other side", you will be tempted to research... Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Ann M Smith