By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil battle looms in ounces, Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his lifestyles to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's direction from infancy within the nice Gillikan woodland is not any Yellow Brick highway. looking to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence through agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of ounces.
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a wide ranging glimpse of an international long gone shrill with warfare fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and tool that experience made his books modern classics.
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Perhaps it couldn舗t help but say who she was, where she was, though she kept all things hidden that she could manage. Books could seem to unleash all the hallelujahs of hell舒she had known one that could, in her past; it was a volume of enchantments known as the Grimmerie舒but even books that did not detonate into history, as the Grimmerie had, could still whisper their private secrets. And her appetite to write was countermanded by a dread of being read and recognized. Her breasts, loosened from their cotton corset, itched; they rolled outward, toward her biceps.
If she could make it. But if it sang, perhaps it would say something other than she intended. Perhaps it couldn舗t help but say who she was, where she was, though she kept all things hidden that she could manage. Books could seem to unleash all the hallelujahs of hell舒she had known one that could, in her past; it was a volume of enchantments known as the Grimmerie舒but even books that did not detonate into history, as the Grimmerie had, could still whisper their private secrets. And her appetite to write was countermanded by a dread of being read and recognized.
Help,舡 said the man. Brrr leaped back, as terrified as he was surprised. It was the youngest of the four hunters, the least offensive, though no saint either, by the stench. The fellow舗s leg had been all but snapped off in a trap of some kind. Flies were making a banquet of the pus. 舠Open the trap,舡 begged the poor sod. 舠Let me free, or else eat me at once. 舡 Surely it can舗t be more than three days, thought Brrr, but he didn舗t contradict. 舠I can舗t bear another night,舡 claimed the fellow. 舠The very dark,舡 said the Lion.