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Enchantment de Orson Scott Card
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Enchantment (edició 1999)

de Orson Scott Card

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Títol:Enchantment
Autors:Orson Scott Card
Informació:Del Rey (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 78 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Did not finish. I loved Ender's Game. A friend recommended Enchantment to me. It was interesting through the first five chapters, but then got silly. ( )
  quietman66 | Mar 22, 2021 |
This review was originally posted here at Anime Radius.

With a title like Enchantment, various images may come to mind. Certainly magic will be part of it, things like books containing spells and people in long robes waving wands over beautifully sleeping women. Well, there’s a sleeping woman, and she is beautiful probably, but that is pretty much it. This is not your typical fantasy novel, but one entrenched in the tales of Russian mythology that incorporates magic and human drama with a splash of romance for flavor.

The story itself seems simple on the surface: unwitting man awakens princess from a thousand-year slumber, goes on righteous quest to save her kingdom. Except that the man is no knight in shining armor but a scholar who happens to be a fast runner and good with the discus. Add in all the political intrigue and drama that permeates the country of Taina, and the emotional drama of Ivan as he struggles to balance his new life with his life back home, with his family and fiancée, not to mention a slick time travel subplot, and suddenly this story isn’t so simple anymore. With all these threads running through the story, it takes a master writer like Card to keep them woven together and still makes sense. The fact that he is able to do so, immerse the reader in the history and mythology of old world Russia, and still present a riveting tale is a true testament to his skill.

In fact, the only thing about Enchantment that truly bothered me was the alarming amount of negative and condescending attitude towards females in the narrative, especially when it came from Ivan concerning either Katerina or Ruthie. He seems like a rather open-minded college educated young man until he meets Katerina, who disappoints his inner ideals of what a princess is: someone sweet and docile and nicer than anyone else. Katerina, in turn, is outspoken and stubborn and doesn’t take Ivan’s guff for one second. His thoughts about Katerina seem as if he is speaking down to her on a constant basis and that she isn’t smart enough to understand him. For example, when Katerina crosses into his world and is adapting to modern times, Ivan’s narrative is continually thinking of her as less than bright for her reactions to technology, despite the fact that Ivan was equally clueless in Taina. In fact, it seems like the only female character that didn’t have issues is Sophia; in the end, Ruthie turned into a shrew bent on revenge and Baba Yaga was a mad old woman who could only attract a mate through spells. I’m not saying that Card’s fiction has issues with female characters, but from what I’ve read so far, it’s not a cheery picture of his understanding of the mind and actions of a woman.

Having said all that, Baba Yaga is a gem of a character as the main villain, coupled together with the bear god who is sworn to her through secret magic. She is treacherous and clever and conniving and everything that makes a villain great. There’s also the fact that the scenes in which Baba Yaga casts her dark magic are wonderful to read, even when her actions are horrifying in scope (see what she does to a whole planet full of people as an example of her might).

The ending of Enchantment does a good job of wrapping up all the loose ends presented through the narrative, although some things seem to fall flat on conclusion. The best part of the end is what happens to Ivan and Katerina, and how this couple handles being two people torn between two different times, past and present. It certainly makes the reader wonders what will happen next to them – and that’s the best kind of ending you can have, something open with plenty of possibilities for the cast ahead. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
I almost really loved this book. However, for me it suffers from the same problem that other Orson Scott Card books do...the characters (not the Ender's series but his other books). The plot of this book is truly brilliant. It is very creative and fun and imaginative. It is a great story but the characters...oh, help us. They just aren't all that great. I mean they say the things they should say and do the things they should do but I think the author is lacking in his ability to tap into the subtle and amazing things that make us human. He is especially bad with the characterization of women. This book is no different. I just never really liked Ivan or Katerina and had a hard time believing they could be in love or even real people for that matter because they lack depth. Also, this book had a few less dignified moments. They are just dumb. It's like those Disney movies that add in burps or the letting of gas to appeal to the nine year old boys. Really, I don't even think grown-up men find that stuff funny unless they are talking about when they were young and did it to someone else. ( )
  mcsp | Jan 26, 2021 |
Card, Orson Scott. Enchantment. Del Rey, 1999.
A Ukrainian-American graduate student in early Slavic languages is visiting his uncle in Ukraine when he suddenly finds himself naked in the woods where an unconscious woman is being watched by a huge bear. What follows is a very inventive mashup of Sleeping Beauty and A Connecticut Yankee with some trans-temporal skyjacking thrown in for spice. Orson Scott Card has done an excellent job of researching Slavic folklore and history from both the 10th and 20th centuries. I especially enjoyed his depiction of the witch Baba Yaga, who even if she wants to help you, cannot resist doing something nasty to you, like a case of the G. I. trots. Card is an excellent storyteller who has given us an exciting plot and four or five well-developed characters. Enchantment is a surprisingly delightful read.
  Tom-e | Apr 11, 2020 |
Sleeping Beauty sleeps for a thousand years, and a young boy in Soviet Ukraine finds her on a grassy pedastal in a pit in the woods near his cousin's farm, while his parents are trying to get visas to leave the country and emigrate to America. He can't do anything about it, and he convinces himself that it was only a dream. Twenty years later, he's a graduate student, working towards a Ph.D. in Slavonic languages, and his thesis research brings him back to Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. He wakes and rescues the princess, and when they can each see one bridge leading off the pedastal to the solid ground on the far side of the pit, it's not the same bridge. They take hers, and wind up in her 9th-century kingdom of Taina. The only survival skill Ivan has for Katerina's world is speaking the language; he has no skills which making him a plausible prince and king in this world. But they must marry, or Baba Yaga, the witch that is trying to destroy Katerina and her father and seize Taina, will win. Ivan, who in addition to his linguistic skills is a pretty fair decathlete, struggles to learn skills respectable for a knight in the 9th century, such as the use of a broadsword, and how not to disgrace himself in 9th century Carpathian society, while Katerina struggles to understand her weird betrothed, who is too educated for a peasant, completely lacks a knight's skills, and doesn't know the most basic, ordinary rules of decent behavior. Meanwhile, Baba Yaga is still plotting against them, and not everyone in Taina is altogether reconciled to the fact that Katerina is betrothed to this weird foreigner who can't fight. I think this is more original and interesting than some other relatively recent retellings of Sleeping Beauty, and Card's a good writer, and he omits the child torture this time. Recommended.
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  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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The youthful protagonists, the elements of fantasy and romance, and Card's imaginative, humorous storytelling make this a winner for young adults.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaSchool Library Journal, John Lawson (Dec 1, 1999)
 
Combining modern sensibilities with ageless, mythic truths, Card's latest novel is highly recommended.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaLibrary Journal, Jackie Cassada (Apr 15, 1999)
 

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