Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mulengro: Charles De Lint (Review)

Mulengro Charles De Lint (Review)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mulengro is seeking vengeance and purification of the Gypsies (Romany) who have gone astray in modern culture;  will the Gypsies be able to stand up to this dark force?

I enjoyed the thought that everything is possible, and our eyes can't perceive everything rationally. .
This book examines clearly what is real and what is more real... Jeff can't believe his eyes. Modern  science excuses this as him having a concussion. But the gypsies see another world... and their eyes have not been so conditioned as the non gypsies.
"A Question of seeing Gaji only saw what they wanted to see." p.191

De Lint’s master stroke in Mulengro is, 360 degree POV, and shifting perspectives.  He shows character motivation for all of his characters, none of the characters are flat-cut out props.
The tension builds with the shifting of viewpoints, growing deeper and deeper into the climax of the story.  But then  when the tension rises to its highest point, De Lint inserts an amusing comment from the talking cat Boboko.

De Lint is a master at revealing the motivations of his cahracters.  One even has sympathy for the devil, here  Mulengro the evil one, can be met with an “hmmm maybe he is right to do what he is doing. Haven’t the gypsies gone astray in modern life, shouldn’t he want to purify the gypsies from gypsies who have gone astray."  What does it mean to purify a race to make a stronger group?How does a community get pulled away from its clear roots?  What rips the goodness out a community?

Mulengro is addictive fiction, The book's flow is one that is not easily put down.
#95 on the Modern Library Readers Top Novel List
I have so far read the following books out of the List-

  1. Mulengro - Charles De Lint
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3.  A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway 
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
So Far I rate them the following: 
  1. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  2. Mulengro by Charles De Lint
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradburry
  4. A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway

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