- File Size: 993 KB
- Print Length: 464 pages
- Publication Date: April 19, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007W39RXY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Puppet Parade Kindle Edition
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Alayan enables us to see a complex world through the eyes of the variably innocent and naïve, whilst at the same time she avoids creating a childish story. Her fairy tale grows out of what is already a fantasy world, one a dimension away from our own, and takes us into fantasy inside fantasy, and even a fantasy inside that, like a sort of giant layer cake. It is as though the Brothers Grimm had taken five or six folk tales, stripped each to its core, and then rebuilt their own complex dark fantasy from the result.
The whole book is all the cleverer as it is written through two pairs of childish eyes, one pair that hid from facing an outside world and one that were hidden from it. Actually, the pictures are so well drawn that it is easy to become submerged. For the times I took to read this work the Parade really existed, strings really did control the humans, and not the puppets, and if Alayan had asked me to see water flowing uphill I would have done so. As with any fantasy that starts to have a solid quality some structure needs to become predictable. Some stops on the train did little more than draw us a little further into understanding, but the length of the description and the multiple stops were necessary. Modern fantasies are often written far too short. Alayan's generosity of quantity, as well as undeniable quality, made the conclusions so much more complete.
This is a longish book, because it needs to be long enough to draw us into the Parade, long enough for the reader to be "absorbed" and for the principle characters to grow. I don't want to read a sequel. This is a completed fairy tale that needs no revisiting. It has its own encapsulated magic, which would only be damaged by reopening. However, I absolutely will be looking out for new works by Zeinab Alayan, just to see whether she can pull off such a feast again.
Sophie is an aristocrat imprisoned in her bedroom. When she escapes she meets Oliver, a lonesome puppeteer who is trying to find his runaway puppets. Erase any judgments you may have about talking puppets right now. These are feisty, colorful characters that will captivate you as much as the story.
Zen does a lovely job of sucking you into this fantasy world, and you will find yourself rooting for Sophie and Oliver throughout their topsy-turvy journey.
Puppet Parade is an imaginative page-turner that you'll think about long after you reluctantly put it down.
I suppose some people would really like this story. It's basically a redone fairy tale, which a lot of people like. But it wasn't my cup of tea. I'd be interested to see something by Ms. Alayan that doesn't have so much exposition.
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