Welcome, once again, to the Weekly Wonder.
This week’s wonder is :
TUCK EVERLASTING BY NATALIE BABBITT
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Tuck Everlasting is a story about a normal rural American family, and a normal little girl named Winnie, in the normal little wood of the normal little village Treegap. Not quite so normal, though. The Tuck family has drunk from a hidden spring in the wood- and they haven’t aged for over eighty years. Winnie Foster, the daughter of the Fosters, who own the wood, gets drawn into the Tuck family quite by accident. Disaster is almost averted- but then the sinister man in a yellow suit appears, and his presence threatens to tear the world to bits and pieces.
You’ll find out.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“All wheels must have a hub. A Ferris wheel has one, as the sun is the hub of the wheeling calendar. Fixed points they are, and best left undisturbed, for without them, nothing holds together. But sometimes people find this out too late.”
“You can’t have living without dying. So you can’t call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.”
“I was having that dream again, the good one where we’re all in heaven and never heard of Treegap.”
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
- You’d expect a topic like immortality to be only in a science fiction novel. But that’s not the case here- this book is more about the repercussions and emotions involved with living forever, not the mechanisms behind it.
- The writing style is relaxed, but the story doesn’t drag on and on. The events move by swiftly, at a very gentle pace.
- It’s not just about being stagnant- it’s also about greed, and how some abhor it while others can’t seem to live without it.
- The main protagonist, Winnie Foster, is not the conventional damsel in distress. Even for a little girl, she’s gutsy and inspiring, and her childlike innocence shines through beautifully.
- There’s a lovely plot twist that you will see coming, but you will wish it wasn’t coming at all. (Oh, the anguish!)
I hope you like the book. It’s a compelling read.
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