Our read along for Something Wicked This Way Comes is in full swing! By today, 10/10, we should be wrapping-up part one, Chapters 1-24. What do you think so far? Here are my thoughts and then I have some questions for you to ponder:
- Super quick read. The first 24 chapters flew by.
- Very atmospheric. Think dark clouds, wind, dry leaves and the smell of ozone.
- Odd narration. The language is a little stilted. Almost like a regional thing but not quite. Didn’t take long to get used to though.
- Two main characters, boys, Will and Jim. Too much alike. Hard to determine who is talking sometimes.
- CRAZY happenings involving a carousel and a weird little ‘nephew’ of one of the neighbors.
- Right now, I am totally sucked into the story which promises to be very strange from what I’ve read so far.
Now, a couple of questions for you from Shmoop.com:
- We have a third-person narrator in this novel, but how much of this narration is influenced by Will and Jim’s way of looking at the world? That is, how “close” is the narrator to our main characters?
- What do you think is the target audience (age group) of Something Wicked This Way Comes? How might its meaning change for readers of different age groups?
Everyone on Twitter (#EnterTheRingmaster) has mentioned the narration. It’s a little odd. One blogger said the flow was a little difficult to pick up, but once she got over the hump, she was totally into the story. For me, the third-person narration is not an issue but the language, prose, whatever you want to call it, was a little disjointed at first. It did kind of add to the story though because it felt to me as if I was listening to someone from another part of the country. How close is the narrator to the boys? I’d say pretty close, almost too close because I am having a hard time keeping the two boys separate in my mind.
The target audience? Good question. Although the main characters are young boys, I’m not sure that’s the intended audience. There is something going on with Will and his father, something that maybe only an adult can appreciate. There is the whole old versus young thing too. I’m not sure a young person can appreciate youth when they have it. Do you?
My feeling right now is that the fun is just beginning. Part one dealt with the arrival of the dark carnival and part two is titled Pursuits.
If you want to still join us, it’s not too late. It took me one sitting to read through chapters 1-24. The biggest challenge will be finding a copy.
Next up on the schedule?
- Finish Section 2 (Chapters 25-44) by Friday, October 24th
- Finish Section 3 (Chapters 45-54) by Friday, October 31st
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