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Prentice Alvin (1989)

av Orson Scott Card

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Serier: Tales of Alvin Maker (3)

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The saga of Alvin Maker, set in an alternative version of the American frontier country, continues, in a tale full of folklore and magic. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, else his destiny will be unfulfilled.… (mer)
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Alvin's apprenticeship as a blacksmith, but it is also his apprenticeship as a Maker. Very good story, but a little to graphic right at the beginning. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Card is an extremely good writer, and his books are always a pleasure to read, but at times I did feel that the stories here occasionally suffered for being too allegorical, and too much about Card's ideas of morality.

With the 3rd book in this series, 'Prentice Alvin' the focus shifts to an anti-slavery topic. (The second dealt more with the treatment of Native Americans by colonists). Here, we meet Arthur Stuart, an orphaned black slave whose mother dies magically getting him to freedom. Slave hunters come seeking the boy, and Alvin must use his 'knack' to help him escape. Also, a new school teacher arrives in town, disguised, because she is the future-seeing 'torch' who saved Alvin's life when he was born, and is afraid of the destinies she sees for herself with him. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I've also read Seventh Son, and the main complaint I have is that it's tough reading series books out of order or incompletely. I suspect the series is quite good, but I'll probably never get to read it all. ( )
  darushawehm | Oct 24, 2015 |
Posted at FanLit. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/prentice-alvin/

Prentice Alvin is the third book in Orson Scott Card??s TALES OF ALVIN MAKER. After the excitement in the last book, Red Prophet, when Alvin and his family experienced the Battle of Tippecanoe, Alvin is finally off to Hatrack River, where he was born, to begin his apprenticeship to Makepeace Smith, the blacksmith. Heƒ??s also hoping that Peggy, the Torch who watches over him, can help him figure out what it means to be a Maker because heƒ??s had a vision of the Crystal City he must build.

Peggy, who can see Alvin coming and knows heƒ??s destined for greatness, realizes sheƒ??s in love with him and worries because she has no skills or education that will help him learn to be a Maker, or that will even cause him to admire her for more than her good looks. (Thank you, Mr. Card, for always giving your leading women a desire to be admired for more than their beauty!) So Peggy runs away to get educated and to acquire some social graces. (But not enough social graces to inspire her to write to her worried parents or to reveal herself to them when she comes back to Hatrack River disguised as a teacher.)

Just before Peggy leaves Hatrack River, she helps a black slave girl who has used some evil magic to escape from the master who was raping her. The magic kills the girl, so Peggyƒ??s parents decide to raise the girlƒ??s ƒ??mixed up boyƒ? as their own. Now they must deal with all the problems that occur in a society where Blacks are considered inferior to Whites. Meanwhile, the slave owner, who has been convinced that God wants him to dilute the entire black race with his own white genes, is hunting for his escaped property.

There are some emotional moments, a few scary events, some nice lessons, and even some dark humor in Prentice Alvin, but after two books about how Whites are mistreating others in early America (the previous book, Red Prophet, was about how the ƒ??Whitesƒ? treated the ƒ??Redsƒ?), itƒ??s hard to avoid the suspicion that the TALES OF ALVIN MAKER is becoming a platform for lessons on social justice. (One begins to wonder which minority group will be championed in the next book. ƒ??Gaysƒ??ƒ??. uh, probably not.)

The beginning of Prentice Alvin moves slowly, especially the parts where Peggy gets nervous about Alvinƒ??s arrival. Thereƒ??s a lot of angsty dialogue here that becomes tiresome (I felt the same way about some of the dialogue in Cardƒ??s ENDER WIGGIN novels). Alvinƒ??s life in Hatrack River isnƒ??t nearly as exciting as his adventures in Red Prophet. His apprenticeship lasts seven years. During that time we see him turn into a strong man, acquire a trade, discover more about his own sinfulness and pride and, when Peggy returns from school and begins to teach him, learn enough about quantum mechanics that he begins to understand his power as a maker. This part of the story is fairly interesting, though it kind of goes off the deep end when, at the climax of the story, Alvin creates a living golden plow for his Journeyman project. Huh?

Overall, this third book in the series is well-written (as always) but doesnƒ??t do much to advance Alvinƒ??s story and felt more like a lesson to me. Nevertheless, it won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1990 and was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo award, probably for its social justice themes. Personally, I feel like the saga is slowing down, just like I felt with the third book in the ENDER WIGGIN series. Readers who just enjoy spending time with Alvin and Peggy will probably be more patient than I was. Iƒ??m hoping the next book, Alvin Journeyman, will be more exciting.

Iƒ??m reading Blackstone Audioƒ??s production which is narrated by Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki, and Gabrielle de Cuir. They are doing a great job, but I had to speed them up. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
I really liked the first two Alvin Maker books, even though from the beginning there were some niggling things that were bothering me. It's a fantasy set in an alternate history America--which is a lot of what had made it so fun. Things seem to have split off from our Timeline at least by the time of the English Civil War. There's a Lord Protector in 1800--but also a (much truncated) United States, without slavery and with Native Americans who are full citizens. (There is still slavery in a rival nation, Apalachee, and in the still existing "Crown Colonies.") Benjamin Franklin was reputed a wizard, George Washington was beheaded for treason and Thomas Jefferson was a guerrilla fighter. The poet William Blake and the legendary Native American leader Tecumseh (Ta-Kumsaw) are prominently featured as characters in the first two books. Oh, and there's magic. One with a definite American folk magic feel. It's a world oh so different than the usual faux Medieval European fantasies that you so commonly find. And this read I noted how natural Card's dialogue is--it doesn't use elisions or strange spellings, but syntax and word choice to give a flavor of how people spoke. He's a wonderful storyteller.

Still, despite the sympathy for the Native American plight in Red Prophet there was much in Card's vision of America that rubbed me wrong. It became obvious that Card didn't see the integration of the Iroquois and Cherokee into America in his Alternate History as this good thing. I felt instead he saw them as having become "White" through technology and literacy and he saw instead as ideal this separation of the races with the Whites East of the Mississippi and the Reds West of that river embodied in Red Prophet. And in Prentice Alvin, it finally dawned on me that his hero Alvin Maker was a stand in for Joseph Smith; this is the Mormon Narnia. I had thought in the first book, Seventh Son, I could see the Mormon influence in making a villain of a Methodist preacher who wouldn't believe there could be prophets in the present day. But in this novel this whole thing about Alvin being a "Maker" took on more of a messianic tinge that grated on me. Especially with Peggy devoting herself to him as the fulfillment of her destiny. So this is where I got off the ride--mid-book. That's why the rating is so low. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Jun 30, 2013 |
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For all my good teachers, especially:

Fran Schroeder,
fourth grade, Millikin Elementary, Santa Clara, California,
for whom I wrote my first poems.

Ida Huber,
tenth-grade English, Mesa High School, Arizona,
who believed in my future more than I did.

Charles Whitman,
playwriting, Brigham Young University,
who made my scripts look better than they deserved.

Norman Council,
literature, University of Utah,
for Spenser and Milton, alive.

Edward Vasta,
literature, University of Notre Dame,
for Chaucer and for friendship.

and always Francois.
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Let me start my history of Alvin's prenticeship where things first began to go wrong.
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The saga of Alvin Maker, set in an alternative version of the American frontier country, continues, in a tale full of folklore and magic. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, else his destiny will be unfulfilled.

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