The Lives of Christopher Chant

The Lives of Christopher ChantAnother 5 stars for this re read.Every re read of a DWJ book seems to bring something new or at least emphasises in capital letters something I ve long felt about her as a writer After my recent re read of Charmed Life, this book again strongly reminded me how DWJ s villains are villains not because they are cartoonishly Evil but because they knowingly and callously use people and fail to value people simply as people It also hit me how different andvivid DWJ s children s and YA books a Another 5 stars for this re read.Every re read of a DWJ book seems to bring something new or at least emphasises in capital letters something I ve long felt about her as a writer After my recent re read of Charmed Life, this book again strongly reminded me how DWJ s villains are villains not because they are cartoonishly Evil but because they knowingly and callously use people and fail to value people simply as people It also hit me how different andvivid DWJ s children s and YA books also of course for adults are from most YA today Despite the fact that today s YA books try to deal face on with lots of issues, DWJ seems to be in some ways so muchunflinching I realise that must sound strange and perhaps it isn t even true, but it s how I felt when reading this She s so very honest about people, with all our good and bad stuff mixed together Reread for the umpteenth millionth time.The Lives of Christopher Chant wasn t my first DWJ, or even my first Chrestomanci book, that was Charmed Life, which I acquired at about 8 and read until it was falling apart This one I had to get from the library for years before picking up my own copy, so I didn t read it as many times as a kid, but over time it s become my absolute favourite of the series I love that, not to put too fine a point on it, Christopher is a complete asshole for quite a lot Reread for the umpteenth millionth time.The Lives of Christopher Chant wasn t my first DWJ, or even my first Chrestomanci book, that was Charmed Life, which I acquired at about 8 and read until it was falling apart This one I had to get from the library for years before picking up my own copy, so I didn t read it as many times as a kid, but over time it s become my absolute favourite of the series I love that, not to put too fine a point on it, Christopher is a complete asshole for quite a lot of this book, but in a very believable way He s a sheltered kid whose been lied to and had stuff hidden from him his whole life He makes the choice to trust the first adult who treats him like a competent, autonomous human being, and furiously resents the ones who keep dragging him from place to place with no seeming interest in his own cares and desires This all makes quite reasonable sense Also, he has the emotional intelligence of a ROCK He s a kid who s never been taught empathy or how to think about other people s needs as well as his own He s fumbling around learning these skills on his own, because the few adults he interacted with as a small child spectacularly failed to model them to him.But at heart he is caring and kind and considerate, just in a kind of autocratic leaning kind of way The scene where he helps Throgmorten escape is one of my favourites in the entire series, because it s one of the first times we really see that kindness come out in an overt way.His gradual burgeoning friendship with Millie is wonderful The way he doesn t realize they ve become friends until well after it s already happened The way Millie figures out his magical silver allergy before he does And the way he handles a bedraggled Goddess showing up on his doorstep while the entire world is already falling down around his ears.As for Millie, well, I ve idolized Millie since I was eight years old, and that hasn t changed She s just so practical Not necessarily sensible, she s still a kid after all, but practical and decisive and confident in a way small child me always wanted to be.I ve also always loved Mordecai Roberts and Flavian Temple, the way their friendship and betrayal and renewed friendship plays out in the text, but also the very different ways Christopher treats them The dashing and rake like Tacroy he takes to instantly because he s part of the grand adventures of the Anywheres, but theupright yet kind Flavian he immediately resents because he represents the restrictions of the Castle that he does want to be in and does not understand Mordecai and Flavian are set up as opposites, but are really actually remarkably similar when it comes down to it, and the scene where Flavian finally loses his temper with Christopher is perfect As a child I always recognized myself in that scene, because I could be so like Flavian I would hold it all in and be quiet and polite and friendly until suddenly some little thing was just too much and all my anger would burst out of me in a torrent I kept coming back to DWJ s books as a kid and keep coming back to them as an adult because she really got kids, in a way that was neither sappy or moralizing Children s wonder and excitement and obsessive passions, sure, but also their self centredness and shortsightedness and difficulty understanding the consequences of their actions And she shows them learning and changing and discovering in the most delightful and believable of ways Wonderful like I remembered I love putting all the pieces together The ending with the people of Eleven wasn t the best, sadly I think the noble savage people idea is showing its age. I don t think I ll ever get over how fantastic this series is. This is my favorite of the Chrestomanci books, and to my surprise I had completely forgotten the final confrontation I guess it s been a while The Lives of Christopher Chant lacks the strong through line of Charmed Life, which is maybe why the latter isgenerally popular, but I enjoy the development of Christopher as a character and the exploration of the Related Worlds There s also some of DWJ s trademark subtle horror, such as view spoiler the revelation that the squishy fish smelling This is my favorite of the Chrestomanci books, and to my surprise I had completely forgotten the final confrontation I guess it s been a while The Lives of Christopher Chant lacks the strong through line of Charmed Life, which is maybe why the latter isgenerally popular, but I enjoy the development of Christopher as a character and the exploration of the Related Worlds There s also some of DWJ s trademark subtle horror, such as view spoiler the revelation that the squishy fish smelling packages Christopher handled were dismembered mermaids hide spoiler and her wonderful feline characters I really love Throgmorton the Temple Cat The narrator for the audiobook rendered his yowl perfectly.This is also best experienced as a prequel, because there is something really fun about seeing the Chrestomanci of Charmed Life as an ordinary, lonely, occasionally bratty boy So read at least Charmed Life and possibly also Witch Week, and then give this one a shot I don t know how to accurately describe my love for this book Every time I read it I feelstrongly and I think on average, I read it about twice a year, so I feel very strongly about it indeed Never mind that it s a children s book whatever that means It s beautiful, it s timeless, it s rich and it s subtle I adore it.I first read it when I was about ten This and Witch Week were in the two little bookshelves at the back of my fifth grade classroom, and as you do when you re a t I don t know how to accurately describe my love for this book Every time I read it I feelstrongly and I think on average, I read it about twice a year, so I feel very strongly about it indeed Never mind that it s a children s book whatever that means It s beautiful, it s timeless, it s rich and it s subtle I adore it.I first read it when I was about ten This and Witch Week were in the two little bookshelves at the back of my fifth grade classroom, and as you do when you re a ten year old bookworm, I had carefully gone through almost every book there over the course of the school year, leaving only those that looked uninteresting Somehow I d missed Diana Wynne Jones I think the covers of those editions were a little strange, and I was conscious of covers at ten But I d read almost all of the other books, and it was there, and so I took it to my desk to read instead of listening to my Social Studies lesson.It ended up being the kind of book that was impossible to put down I think I got in trouble about it a few times I liked it and I finished it and it went on my mental good book list which at the time meant that I would someday read it again, when I got around to it That was that for a few years I didn t recommend it to anyone but my sister I loved Christopher s dream journeys, his parents strange aloofness, his carelessness with his lives, Tacroy s secrets, the Goddess turning into Millie, the cricket matches, and that bold, beautiful moment of release when Dr Pawson coaxes Christopher s magic out of him but I thought my friends would find it strange, and so I didn t tell them about it It was a kind of private book I wanted it to be all mine, so that nobody could corrupt it.Somehow, this translated to me reading it year by year, eagerly and thirstily, sucking in all the multi layeredness and life lessons that I d missed on previous rereads It s THAT kind of book it s full of things that you don t fully understand the first time, that you have to get older to appreciate, or that you have to think about in a certain way to comprehend I ve read it at least ten times, and I don t even think I ve found everything yet.I love the other Chrestomancis too, but they pale in comparison to this one I don t know WHAT it is I ve tried to put my finger on it for years, and I can t The other books are multi layered too, with characters just as dynamic, plots just as complex, as this one Maybe it s what whoever it was said, that quote about reading a book at the right age, and it leaving an impression on you forever It really did.I don t want it to be my secret any It frustrates me ridiculously that nobody seems to have read this book I want people to read it I want to run around on rooftops and FORCE people to read it But at the same time, I do appreciate that there isn t a wild and rabid fandom rushing to make memes or write frightening fanfiction That s nice That kind of reaction destroys books dignity, and the dignity of Christopher Chant would be a terrible thing to mess with At any rate, that s all I m able to say about it I love this book with an enormous, wild passion, and I think I always will Review to come This is my favorite of the Chrestomanci Quartet by leaps and bounds Jones pacing is impeccable, and there is never a dull moment While her ability to spin everything together in endings is a bit lackluster in some of the other books Magicians of Caprona and Charmed Life being the worst offenders here we have a wonderful buildup to a very fulfilling climax Her characters are vivacious and likable even when they are doing unlikeable things , her wit is as sharp as ever, the magic is bri This is my favorite of the Chrestomanci Quartet by leaps and bounds Jones pacing is impeccable, and there is never a dull moment While her ability to spin everything together in endings is a bit lackluster in some of the other books Magicians of Caprona and Charmed Life being the worst offenders here we have a wonderful buildup to a very fulfilling climax Her characters are vivacious and likable even when they are doing unlikeable things , her wit is as sharp as ever, the magic is brilliantly simple in a complex sort of way, which is my very favorite type of magicand there is even a dragon.This story brought something of the Young Me back to life I d remembered very little of it apart from the general overview and it turns out I d been conflating this story with the one in Charmed Life , so it really was like reading it for the first time I loved the magic system It helped illuminate the path I d taken to becoming a magic writer I loved the adventure aspect It reminded me that I d once been someone who loved going on adventures big or small, it didn t matter And I loved simply reading it It made me realize that perhaps I m not quite as different from Young Me as I d imagined I started reading to settle my brain before sleep, and as you can see, I stayed up half the night Not due to anxiety or depression, Thank Shivnathsimply because I had to know what happened on the next page.I remember now the days before PCs and Smartphones, when books were all I had How much I loved them What good company they were What adventures I had alone, in my room This book brought out the best in me it was just like old times I felt like myself again after closing it It is a rare and truly magical book that can make you feel things so deeply, and something here resonated with me on a profound level For that, I am supremely grateful.Five stars, easily, hands down I liked this better than Charmed Life, even though it s a prequel Fun stuff.There were some cliche trappings that shouldn t have worked rich neglected kid who is somehow nice and who finds out he s super duper magical but finds a way to be even nicer And the whole nine lives and multiverse idea doesn t make sense at all, but all that was somehow okay because this was such fun to read I m curious to see where the series goes from here.There s also a pretty deep idea here about the disconnect I liked this better than Charmed Life, even though it s a prequel Fun stuff.There were some cliche trappings that shouldn t have worked rich neglected kid who is somehow nice and who finds out he s super duper magical but finds a way to be even nicer And the whole nine lives and multiverse idea doesn t make sense at all, but all that was somehow okay because this was such fun to read I m curious to see where the series goes from here.There s also a pretty deep idea here about the disconnect between kids and adults The adults here are trying to use the kids for their own purposes, setting them on tracks and trying to exploit their talents The kids have to learn how to communicate effectively, lie well, and learn to find their own way through all the pressure and influences Okay but seriously, there s a multiverse of worlds in series but somehow they mostly have some kind of generic British thing going on Honestly now I don t believe for a second that a world like ours but with magic would be so similar I ll have to track down book 3 I m excited to see what s next His Father And Uncles Are Enchanters, His Mother A Powerful Sorceress, Yet Nothing Seems Magical About Christopher Chant Except His Dreams Night After Night, He Climbs Through The Formless Place Between And Visits Marvelous Lands He Calls The Almost Anywheres Then Christopher Discovers That He Can Bring Real, Solid Things Back From His Dreams Others Begin To Recognize The Extent Of His Powers, And They Issue An Order That Turns Christopher S Life Upside Down Go To Chrestomanci Castle To Train To Be The Controller Of All The World S Magic.

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.

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