- File Size: 449 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bos Books (May 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0081T8TSM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Winnie-the-Pooh and the Angle of Dath Kindle Edition
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This thing is dark. Quite dark, quite heart-wounding, and sometimes actually chilling, but there's enough humor and plot to keep it from dissolving into a strange mess.
To begin with, "Angle of Dath" is a characteristic misspelling of "Angel of Death," which should be your first clue that this is not going to be a familiar Pooh adventure. But it's not a senseless "darker and grittier" parody either - there's no grimdark for edginess' sake. Actually, I'm thinking "Parody" might be the wrong word in this case. It's not a mockery, it's an expansion, exploring an inevitability (Christopher Robin's growing up and moving on) and taking it to its logical, devastating conclusion.
It's about loss. It's about abandonment, and the coping mechanisms that come from overpowering grief at being left behind by somebody you love. Christopher Robin, this godlike prince child, has gone from the 100-Acre Wood, taking springtime and joy with him, leaving his animal friends to pick up the pieces. And they respond with depression, desperation, teenage rebellion, alcoholism, and lashing out at each other. In short, not like toys, but like humans, whose hearts have been broken. Or, rather, with an enduring childlike, toy-like innocence that makes it all the more heartbreaking.
Without spoiling - and my goodness, but there are plot twists - the title comes from a mysterious and deadly figure in black now stalking the 100-Acre Wood, and brutally murdering its inhabitants. The one thing I can tell you is the killer's motive - the Angle seeks to perform a dark ritual, fueled by blood, heart and stuffing, to summon the boy-god Christopher Robin back, and transform the Wood into a golden land of eternal summer and playtime.
Like I said, if you consider Winnie the Pooh untouchable and sacred, not the book for you. But if you want to see these beloved characters suffering through realistic stages of grieving and trauma (and I'll be honest, that's one of my favorite things!) while remaining essentially in-character, absolutely give it a try. (Tigger is still believably Tigger, even in the midst of harrowing self-doubt.) It's a strange ride, but a good one.
Then go give your stuffed animals a hug, and promise to never leave them. You'll save all parties a great deal of grief, and possibly homicide.
I DIDN'T READ THIS BOOK BUT I'M SURE IT WAS FILLED WITH HORRID, AWFUL THINGS, LIKE DEVILS AND CONCUBINES AND TOOTHPASTE. WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE AN POLITICIAN, BUT MY PARENTS HIT ME WHEN I SUGGEST IT. I SUPPOSE THAT'S FOR THE BEST.
HERE IS WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR
CHERRY GARCIA ICE CREAM
A FUNCTIONING SET OF KIDNEYS
THE BLOOD OF CHILDREN
A PET ROBOT
STOP IT BRAIN! SHUT UP!!!
A THANKLESS LOUT THAT STALKS MR. DAVE ON THE INTERNETS