- 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: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,613 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
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.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honeydew - I can just imagine the taste of cold, sweet, Honeydew? In Geoffrey Philp's latest eBook, Marcus and the Amazons, Honeydew is the drink of choice among the Formicas and... Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Stephen Bess
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
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