- File Size: 314 KB
- Print Length: 131 pages
- Publication Date: November 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AB9RAYO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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“The Spirit of Christmas” is neither.
It’s a story told through the eyes of a eight year old Aidan. His family is going through some hard times which he senses. However, while the adult reader slowly starts to comprehend what those hard times are, young Aidan and his imagination manufactures a - quite reasonable - alternative to why is father is tense or his mother occasionally cries.
The trick author Kyle Andrews pulls that impressed me was having Aidan tell his story and being completely respectful of his eight year old thoughts and beliefs and feelings. The danger of making him a ‘little adult’ or simply stupid was strong. Others fall into it often. Not Andrews.
Instead what we get is a nice, realistic story that could be occurring all too often now-a-days with a nice O. Henry-esque twist ending.
I strongly recommend it be read this coming December.
In his descriptions, Andrews shows immense skill in portraying the mindset and perspective of a child without making the authorial voice inhabit the mind of 8-year-old Aidan. The perspective conveys what's essentially an adult's descriptions of a child's observations and reactions, but without the additional knowledge or experience that an adult might have. As little Aidan is told his family must leave their familiar old house, as he sees his parents fretting over due dates and payments, as he sees his family under strain and stress during the holidays, he rationalizes what he's exposed to as best he can but comes up with an interpretation that's very different from how the presumably adult reader would assess the situation.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS suggests that Christmas is not a joyful season for many, and for parents, it can be a draining gauntlet of desperate action at the end of an already exhausting year. In keeping to Aidan's viewpoint, Andrews is limited to showing only glimpses of the parents' struggles, but he skillfully makes each fragment of the parents' lives significant and informative even if Aidan is too young to understand any of it.
Andrews pulls off a difficult but necessary and effective technique in creating sufficient observational distance to allow the reader to fill in the gaps of Aidan's young and therefore limited point of view without ever actually providing definitive explanations for the familial discontent and strife. In leaving things vague, Andrews allows SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS to be meaningful to any family and every family that's ever found the holiday season to be a troubling and trying time. With the conclusion, Andrews not only declines to spell out the situation but also steps back from resolving anything, aiming for only a cautiously optimistic note that maybe a family united can triumph over adversity, and maybe the pleasures of holidays gifts and gatherings pale to the genuine happiness of seeing a family prepared to make sacrifices to help each other survive the worst of times.