DiskuteraMAY - SPOILERS - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
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Since this is a children's book/movie that many have either read or seen, I'm not going to have a non-spoiler thread.
I have, but it's been a long time, and therefore, it's overdue for a reread! :)
I loved both the book and the movie, although they are a bit different...
Mine is illustrated by Zena Bernstein. They add charm to the book.
The other thing I noticed was that the character of Jenner who was the major protagonist in the movie is handled completely "off-camera" in the book. Without Jenner there was much less conflict and the whole story was much less dramatic.
I do find though that there's a slight mismatch between her conscious thoughts, which are mouse-like (she looks at bird intelligence from the perspective of a creature of a smaller brain; it takes her a while to recognise a book), and the unconscious observations and similes that pepper the prose - I'm fairly sure Mrs Frisby wouldn't consider a branch to be as big as a pavement (she lives on a farm), or look down on the farm and compare it to a postcard, for example.
I don't recall the film at all, but my Mum assures me it made me very angry as a child (I would have been very young when it came out, and utterly unforgiving of studios' habit of changing things to make them work on screen).
I like the peripheral but fearsome shrew next door, and even young Izzy, who is a bit love struck teen here, but I hope goes onto greater things in later novels. It's a shame the young Frisbys get so little page time - again, I assume they (altho I suspect only Martin and Timothy) step into the spotlight later.
It does make me want to revisit Farthing Wood and Watership Down!
I thought this was a lovely little book, and I'm not sure why I didn't read it as a child. I liked that the animals were not anthropomorphised - they still behaved like animals not as humans with fur. Jeremy the crow was adorable with his fatal weakness for shiny things! Mrs Frisby is a lovely heroine and I like that she ends up able to help the rats despite their superior knowledge and resources.
Having looked at the series list on LT, it seems that the sequels are written by another author. Does anyone know whether they were planned by O'Brien or completely original to the author? Has anyone read them?
I liked the whole description of the meeting with the owl, too. I was prepared to hate it, considering how unnatural it would be, but it was written in such a way that it was very frightening for Mrs. Frisby, and rightly so.