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3/5. The one where Sirius the star is cast down to live as a dog, and gets adopted, and stuff.

Point one: yes, JK Rowling absolutely read this book at a formative time, wow, good to know.

Point two: I read this when I wanted something fluffy and soothing. It's DWJ! It's about a dog! My wife is fond of it! I asked no questions. This was a mistake.

This book is not fluffy. It is, in fact, a study in cruelty, in the overlapping ripples of it as people and creatures are awful to each other in succession. Sirius is mistreated in various ways, as is his nominal owner, a young Irish girl. The book is contrasting various kinds of cruelty – deliberate, absent-minded, childish copycat without understanding – and like. It's a good book! But boy I didn't enjoy any of that.

Date: 2016-11-03 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I read this one when I was quite young, and I remember how formative it was for me that the adult caretakers were cruel and ineffectual in such particularly realistic and racist ways. They weren't "stick the boy in a cupboard under the stairs" cruel, they were just bog-standard, run-of-the-mill, racist asshole foster parents.

In retrospect, it's also very much in adult book written like a children's book. I mean, Sirius is an adult who's in a dire situation because of a romantic relationship that went terribly wrong, and political machinations. And it's his book, not Kathleen's.
Edited Date: 2016-11-03 03:09 pm (UTC)

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