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Marcus and the Amazons (Blue Mountain Series Book 1) by [Philp, Geoffrey]
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Product Details

  • 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
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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. Her comments:
"I liked the adventure especially when they had to rescue the princess. I enjoyed the end."

My son would not read it at first. His sister enjoyed it so he assumed it must be "girly", but eventually he started it and was so engrossed that he did not put it down until he was finished. He is looking forward to book two.
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After reading the first few pages of the story of Marcus and The Amazons...I found it to be very interesting with great art work. Children and the young at heart (like me) will enjoy it!
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I could hang tens of other names on the character of Marcus, in Geoffrey Philp's book, Marcus and the Amazons (Blue Mountain Series), but Marcus is perhaps the better fit after all. He reminds me of people that have in some way or another crossed and influenced my life, in Africa and on every other continent. If my children have not lived through what people of my generation lived through, I'd be happy if they lived through this book.

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.
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I'm an adult - and still enjoyed reading "Marcus and the Amazons." The story is fast-paced and entertaining. The characters are memorable. I found myself pulling for Marcus. I won't give away the ending, but am glad to know this will be a series!
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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 friends and abducted Amy, his beloved bride to be. Relying on new ideas he's encountered while away as well as the power of community organizing, Marcus mounts a resistance to the Amazons.
The story makes obvious allusions to real life dissidents in various black nationalist and civil rights movements during the twentieth century. The main character's name evokes Jamaican national hero Marcus Garvey, and the circumstances of the character Marcus' enslavement suggests any number of (post)colonial moments of disenfranchisement and brutality. Yet Philp manages to shape a story that engages the imagination of both the young and young at heart.
For example, Marcus and the Amazons is peopled by an array of anthropomorphic characters, mainly ants portrayed with human characteristics, but also other creatures such as fireflies and spiders. The story features betrayal; a villainous contingency of Amazon ants, including the queen and her general; and the rescue of the fair maiden in distress. These characteristics make it easy to immediately dive into Marcus and the Amazons because of the familiar fictional territory in which the story is set. However, Philp manages to negotiate an effective conversation with an important and often ignored topic in children's literature, enslavement and colonization, because of the painful history in which those occurrences are rooted.
Philp's new book does an excellent job of providing a literary venue for children to learn a little about the oppression endemic to the postcolonial experience while holding their breath to see what happens next and being entertained.
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There are plenty of things most of us parents would like to pass on to our children, yet we are seldom certain how we should go about it. Sure, we could set an example for them, respect their opinions, leave them enough space to develop on their own. But you can also sit at their bedside and read to them.
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.
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