The Beguilers Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00D00WA9G
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween; 0 edition (June 18, 2013)
- Publication date : June 18, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1866 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,386,344 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Some of the society's features were rather appealing, such as a monthly tradition among the townspeople to state your Intentions (i.e. your current short-term goals) and report how you'd done on the last one. Other story elements are a little simplistic, but not in an annoying way.
Adults shouldn't think this is a story only for kids; I didn't realize this book was classified as Young Adult until I looked at the Amazon listing. The writing isn't "childish" in any way, though there's nothing offensive to younger readers.
Let me start off by saying that The Beguilers is very underrated. It's a lovely coming-of-age book about a girl who is different and discovers what her path is in life (okay, I know that every YA book is like this, but somehow, Thompson's writing makes it work).
In Rilka's village, nobody is allowed to go out after dark because of beguilers, which are mysterious, luminous ghosts that "lure you to your death." Kate Thompson writes without being overly ridiculous of "jubjub" fruits and the chuffies (which are very friendly, emotion-sensing dogs) that Rilka is allergic to. Being allergic to these lovable pets makes her fit in even less and she often dreams about life outside the village. So for her Great Intention in life Rilka decides to capture a beguiler.
She sets out on her journey as an awkward, outcast of a girl. After listening to the advice of an eccentric, elderly woman, setting off expecting to die, foraging her way through the wild and befriending a handsome young blind boy, she discovers the beguilers' secret. When this happens, the reader will understand what the beguiler stands for and why Rilka makes the choice that she does. The secret isn't even that important, but Rilka's journey is.
Readers will rejoice at her triumphs and be proud of the wise woman she becomes.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is set around a mythical village somewhere in the past and the people are governed by Elders. Every month a meeting is held so that the villagers can declare their 'Intentions' or in some cases their 'Big Intentions'. Rifka, the heroine of our story is bored, bored with her life in the village so on one of these occasions she makes an announcement she is going to go and catch a Beguiler. These Beguilers are what the villagers consider the stuff of nightmares although they don't know what they are and as soon as night falls nobody is allowed outdoors in case the Beguilers 'get them'.
To make their life happy, instead of having pets like dogs, they own creatures called Chuffies who take on all their sadness and woes. Remember this as this is crucial to what Rifka eventually finds out about the Beguilers.
A moralistic tale in some ways but as usual well written, unusual and a really good read.