- Publisher: ST MARTINS PRESS * (1997)
- ASIN: B000SI2SS6
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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DeLint's earlier books had a sense of wonder and delicacy both in his writing and in his portrayals of characters and Dreamlands/Otherlands. As you read, it felt as if the magical place he was talking about was not only real but that it could be fragile as well; it *was* real but only as long as you believed and DeLint was very good at making us believe. With this book, however, I didn't feel drawn in - more like bludgeoned. It reads along the lines of "You will believe in Newford and in the Dreamlands because I say so."
Characters in this book are not there so much to show as to tell which tends to rob the book of much of its possible emotion. We're told how wonderful Jilly is, we're told how much her friends are frightened for her or pulling for her to get better, but we're never shown it. We're surrounded by all these people who have supposedly pulled themselves up by their bootstraps or dealt with hard things in life but everyone reads the same regardless of their prior experiences. Wendy, positioned as a character with a normal (read: non-abusive) childhood, comes across no differently than Jilly or Sophie. We're told she has a hard time relating to the childhood Jilly experienced but it comes across like a line in a script read by an extremely poor actress. There is nothing to back up what we're being told to feel. Everyone is the same flat character with different names.
Raylene's "transformation" rings hollow. Her motivation in this story has essentially been payback.Read more ›
New readers for De Lint are better off starting with books like Moonheart or The Little Country--they are a little more lighthearted and more descriptive of both De Lint's urban Newford and his spirit world. The Onion Girl is darker and relies more on past Newford characters and their experiences 'crossing over' into fantasy as well as their experiences with the spirits in our world.
As a longtime De Lint fan, this book is as enjoyable as always.
And, speaking of characters, there is an almost dizzying array of them and there were times when I had trouble keeping score. I didn't feel as though I got to know any of them in this novel -- there simply wasn't enough space for anyone in this pantheon to fully develop. I think that the lack of character development contributed to a sense of disbelief and some real confusion about the actions of some of the characters, especially Wendy and Raylene.
In spite of all of this, I did enjoy the book and I remain an avid fan of Charles de Lint, all of his people - fairie and otherwise -- and all of his worlds!
Yes, read this and feel the pain inside it, but don't do it as your first foray into de Lint's Newford books.
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The Onion Girl- one of my favorite books of all time. A fantasy, yes, but a fantasy book believably set in the present day. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kathleen E. Dworak
Charles de Lint is one of the best authors living today. I recommend all of his books.Published 7 months ago by susan davis
I have the audible version,
A hard copy and the kindle version to make positive this book is available when I want or need to reread it.
I read another de Lint book and liked it very much so I ordered this one. It turned out to be an interesting idea not fully realized because of mediocre writing and plotting.Published 14 months ago by w.silver
A book I can read over and over. The mix of the here and now and Urban fantasy is great. Always happy to read about Jilly Copercorn. Hoping we get a new story about Her soonPublished 20 months ago by Karen Rowan