Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
This is the Charles de Lint book that everyone always seems to have read, so I figured it was time for me to get around to it. I have to say that I am really glad I did! I am such a fantasy nerd. I read a lot of other stuff, but I could only read fantasy novels and be the happiest person in the world. I am not sure what it is, maybe just a desire for this world we live in to be more than it is? I have always had a pretty over-active imagination, and fantasy novels have always seemed to fit my ideals. The characters in this book just take my imagination one step further and actually get to live in their worlds. I think that is why I read fantasy, to be truthful, because I want to believe that these things are possible and that there is more to the world that you cannot always see.
Anyways, in this book we have Jilly, who is totally my kind of character. Great English, huh? I didn't have an ideal childhood, so I generally can relate to characters like her. Even if our lives have turned out differently, there are still some things that are at the core the same. Jilly was really fun to read about. Even though she is "The Broken Girl", she is not boring in the slightest. She is vibrant and her character really comes through the pages so that you feel like you know her. That is a mark of both a good writer and a good character. While there are lots of other characters in this book, I find Jilly to be my favourite. She appears in other de Lint books, so I look forward to visiting with her again.
I am not going to rehash the plot because I see this book reviewed quite a bit. I will just say that I really liked this book and that I recommend it. I really should've been getting through my de Lint pile long ago, but I just never seemed to get there. Now I feel like I need to add to it, but I am trying not to buy books... I am sure I will read at least one more de Lint book this year, and I strongly recommend other people do the same.