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Voyages av Doris Buchanan Smith
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Voyages (utgåvan 1991)

av Doris Buchanan Smith

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While immobilized in a hospital bed, Janessa journeys into a world of dreamlike adventures with the gods of Norse legend.
Medlem:SaraFist
Titel:Voyages
Författare:Doris Buchanan Smith
Info:Puffin (1991), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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After being kidnapped and thrown from a moving car, tween Janessa is stuck in a hospital bed, immobilized with many broken bones. Miserable, she begins folding origami to pass the time with her limited movement. One day, a boat origami transforms into the mythical Skidbladnir, and she finds herself transported to Asgard to meet the Norse gods and other creatures who populate that land.

This is another one of those books that stuck with me after reading it is a child, although mostly I had a vague memory of Norse gods helping a hospitalized girl. (I did not recall the tragic details behind her being there.) For years, I did not remember either the title of the book or the author, but a little googling quickly solved that.

Unfortunately, re-reading this as an adult, it fell short of my memories. The parts taking place is Asgard were still pretty interesting, with a weird magical quality about them. But the larger chunk of the book was about Janessa's time stuck in the hospital bed. On the one hand, I could intellectually and logically feel very bad for a young girl subjected to a trauma and being afraid afterwards. But I found her so whiny with her constant wanting to see her parents/not wanting to see her parents, wanting to leave the hospital/not wanting to leave the hospital, wanting to see her therapist/refusing to talk to her therapist, etc. It seemed so redundant to constantly hear her saying "Nooo" or crying because someone gives her a balloon or writes her a card. It was hard really getting into a book where the main character was not appealing, especially one that seems like the reader should easily feel sympathetic towards.

The writing style didn't exactly scream young child -- some of the language seemed a bit dated, like Janessa using the formal "Mother" when her addressing her parent, while there was also a lot of rather difficult vocabulary words for a tween audience (e.g., valediction, verification, etc.). Topics could be a bit deep as well, including obviously Janessa's abduction in addition to some of the grimmer aspects of Norse mythology.

There were many good things about this book though, including the power of imagination in healing as well as the mostly positive interactions between Janessa and her therapist. While I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to recommend it, I could see how it's appealing to a certain kind of reader -- one who likes dreamy yet intellectual reading. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jul 13, 2017 |
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