Sunday, 5 May 2013

The Compleat Moonshadow

The Compleat MoonshadowThe Compleat Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This raucous and magical coming of age story is one of my all time favourite books. First read it in the 1980's and I've reread it a dozen times since discovering new things every time. The artwork is gloriously gentle except when it isn't, the story is charmingly whimsical, except when it isn't.  This book has everything, poor parenting, sex and debauchery, war and  violence, love and peace, happiness and misery and in the end acceptance.  DeMatteis' writing is heavily autobiographical, one has to imagine and he is clearly writing what he knows, even though in a most fantastical setting and Jon J Muth matches him artistically every step of the way.

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