Fantastica

I can’t remember the last time I saw The Neverending Story but I can remember the first. We watched it at Westney Heights Public School on some sort of weird day — a PD day, or a weekend. The school was empty except for the group watching the movie in a classroom. What I remember most clearly is the walk home on one of those exceedingly generic Ajax suburban streets. We were walking down the center of the road, not on the sidewalk. And it was chilly but not cold. And my mind was racing and dreaming. I was either 5, 6, or 7 years old.

So 20 odd years later, I’m reading the book for the very first time. And at first was using the movie’s version of the world in my mind’s eye. But there’s so much more to it in the book (as there always is) and the point is to use your own imagination, isn’t it? Otherwise, how can you fight the Nothing?

I’m only 1/3 in but this book has been added to the list i keep in my head of books that i will have on a shelf in the bedroom of my future kid(s). it joins his dark materials and the little princess. and the harry potters (since i bought copies and they should be read more than once). irish fairy tales for children. that a.a. milne book of poetry i hope is still at my mum’s. a copy of that beautifully illustrated edition of beauty and the beast. hmm. there’s more on that list but i can’t remember… (evidently i should make the list a real paper list instead of a brain list.)*

the other thing reading this has sparked (besides tears on the streetcar. the conversation between atreyu and the werewolf is heartbreaking) — the abandoned tattoo plan of the auryn. i couldn’t figure out where to get it and then the plan got lost in the shuffle. where is a good spot? suggestions welcome. (as are additions to the children’s library list.)

next up in the reading list is book club book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Shiguro. borrowed today from the TPL along with a dvd of The 39 Steps. i have 41 steps to my apt door. so close. snap.

also: march 17th is not only st. patrick’s day but also a day of worldwide action against the war(s). it’s the fourth anniversary of the invasion of iraq. in toronto, at 1 p.m. outside the u.s. embassy, university north of queen. you know, by the Staples. some info here and lots elsewhere too — there are always a million different groups there, all with slightly differing ideas about what should be done and what the problem actually is but there’s unity in the march of people through the city. so cmon out. and then we’ll drink green beer.

*forgot roald dahl, particularly the giraffe, the pelly and me, but tons more too.

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2 thoughts on “Fantastica

  1. it’s a wonderful book and your children will have a wonderful library. how’s about the narnia? and little bear? goodniht moon? and where the wild things are? and dr seuss…..

  2. I have to say, I’m in the minority when I say that I found <>Never Let Me Go<> rather, well, silly. It’s not bad, but it never grabbed me. However, I am in the minority, and poor Kazuo is far better than most. Not my own, of course, but most.

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