- File Size: 1533 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Publisher: Mabrak Books; First Edition edition (June 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054R9RCG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Marcus and the Amazons (Blue Mountain Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In that respect, Marcus and the Amazons has a dose of everything for all of us. I relate to it as an adult and identify with the characters, yet it is no historical account but a well-crafted fictional account of "folks" living their lives, in their town (colony) and countryside whose scenery is painted (in words as well as in visual imagery) enough to appeal to all, grown-up and child.
Marcus and the Amazons makes me feel right and (yes) triumphant in its ability to portray characters and events which, as I have said, ring true to life. Here's an example. When I went to the USA I was a young man just exiled from Lesotho and having just tasted South Africa's apartheid jails under the then Pass Law system. I was a young political mind with clear ideas and a budding desire to end injustice in the world.
A few years later, I was ashamed to find myself considering whether freedom fighters in Southern Africa were or were not terrorists. The media in America had worked on my subconscious and made me wonder about one of my strongest convictions: South Africans had done everything possible for peaceful change in the region, to no avail, and therefore the only channels left were sabotage and the militarisation of the population.Read more ›
A very fine book to read before bedtime, or at any other hour of the day, is Marcus and the Amazons ' the story of a young ant, Marcus, on a journey of self discovery that leads him, as part of the process, to become his people's savior.
Marcus, who goes to the forest and comes back a different being, is summoned to save the village from a terrible peril, must make weighty choices and fight a battle with instruments that are alien to his own companions.
Marcus's journey is more than a mere walk from his village to the forest and back. More than a youth bildungsroman. One might call it a journey through history. As Marcus's story unfolds in front of us, we see a parallel tale of world history.
Interweaving "history" and "story," especially in a children book, is not an easy task. But Geoffrey Philp succeeds in blending the specific and the universal with outstanding skill: historic moments are told as parts of a personal story of one child narrating it to another, in a language that is easily accessible to kids.
Indeed, the book can be read on various levels and from different perspectives, making the reading enjoyable for both children and grownups. While children will no doubt be holding their breath in expectation for the next plot twist, to learn how Marcus, the new champion of a non-violence creed, will lead his people to regain control of their village, adults are certain to find pleasure in detecting historical or classical references.Read more ›
The protagonist of the story, Marcus, returns from the forest to save his captured love, Amy, and the lives of his fellow Formicas. However, Marcus is met with violent resistance from the mean Queen Victoria of the Amazons and her cruel crony, Captain Bull O'Grady. The story is universal. There are many examples in history where one group oppresses another. For instance, the captain of the Amazons, Bull O'Grady, brought to mind the openly racist commissioner of Birmingham, Alabama during the 1960s Civil Rights movement, Bull Connor. I also easily connected our hero, Marcus, to past heroes such as the American Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and the National Jamaican hero, Samuel Sharpe.
Marcus and the Amazons can be fantastic teaching tool for the classroom. The story is an ideal platform for many classroom discussions such as the effects of oppression, war, prejudice, racism, politics, and unity to name a few. For smaller children, it addresses themes such as friendship, loyalty, and kindness. It also raises important questions that are typically overlooked in today's individualistic and passive society.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is not often that both of my children enjoy the same book, but Marcus and the Amazons was one exception.
My daughter read it first and loved it. Read more
The interesting thing about the story Marcus And The Amazon is that its a children's book that everyone of all ages can enjoy. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Patrick
The story's hero is Marcus, a courageous young Formica ant who has returned to his homeland to take a stand against the oppressive Amazon ants, who have enslaved his family and... Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by A. E. Nevins
I just finished reading "Marcus and the Amazons" by Geoffrey Philp. It is a must read--a suspenseful page-turner that held me spellbound for serveral hours. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Andrene Bonner
As a librarian, I highly recommend this book for children of all ages and encourage all libraries to add a copy of the print version once it becomes available.Published on June 28, 2011 by TD Karantsalis
Like the beautiful dresses spun by his fantastic spiders Geoffrey Philp's Marcus and the Amazons read as smooth as fine silk. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by George Gabb
Marcus and the Amazons was a really great story - I loved reading it, and I loved the illustrations. Wonderful!Published on June 19, 2011 by J.