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The mushroom man av Ethel Pochocki
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The mushroom man (utgåvan 1993)

av Ethel Pochocki, Barry Moser (Illustratör)

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A lonely worker in a mushroom factory finds the friend he longs for when he meets a mole in the park and takes him home to share his dinner.
Medlem:JeffBuckley
Titel:The mushroom man
Författare:Ethel Pochocki
Andra författare:Barry Moser (Illustratör)
Info:New York : Green Tiger Press, 1993.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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The Mushroom Man av Ethel Pochocki

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A quiet, gentle story of magical realism, for adults as well as children with lush illustrations and a sweetly unusual friendship that speaks to all friendships. Moser's introduction "The Mushroom Man and the Bean-Picker: Thoughts for the 30th Anniversary Edition contains fascinating insights into Ethel's character and his friendship with her. "...she once referred to herself as "Ethel Strazzlecherry, the Bean-Picker of Brooks, Maine." She fascinates me with her monastic ways: "Like her favorite saint, Francis, she took in decrepit, rundown creatures she found in her garden or on her doorstep and gave them first-aid and food. I, too, did this as a child, taking in injured birds and other small animals. My mother, a Registered Nurse, was my compatriot in these endeavors. Moser also writes: "The people who interested her most were monks, hermits, and abbesses who lived in solitude and delighted in nature and animals. Yet those monks, hermits, and abbeses were imperfect, "Like all human beings who scramble around searching for what's really important. Like goodness, and kindness, and sparkles of wonder and joy...all the good stuff that keeps us going." Similarly, I have been reading about monks, hermits and abbesses and finding much wisdom, peace, and quiet joy in their words and compassionate philosophies. Ethel infuses her monastic beliefs into The Mushroom Man. Like monastics, the Mushroom Man is often solitary, though he seeks community; "he was blessed with a cheerful disposition" like Saint Francis. Finding friends is also common among monastics, as that of St. Kevin of Glendalough and St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise in Ireland.

One particular event in the story reminds me of my childhood as I, too, ate "peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches" and have heard anyone else speak of write of them since then. My favorite illustrations are the cover one of the mole digging up truffles beneath an oak tree for the mushroom man and the final one of the friends resplendent in their Christmas gifts; the first for its aura of mystery, darkness and night, the last for its joy.

Moser also wrote an afterword: "Designing and Illustrating the Mushroom Man" I like his exposition on imperfection, beginning with quotes. From Eudora Welty, "Nothing's perfick." From Mark Twain, "Take the story from where it is to where it ain't" as the job of designer and illustrator.

The Mushroom Man was originally published in 1993. In that year, I had moved to a new state, so that is probably why I missed this book. I am so glad to have discovered the story and Ethel Pochocki's philosophy and interests. I have always loved Barry Moser's illustrative style and this is no exception. The expressions on the faces of the jeering children are repulsive, making the point of the meanness of bullying. In contrast, the meeting between man and mole is endearing with the pink nose of the man matching the pink snout of the mole and the curiousity of both figures. The wild mushroom drawings on the back cover are scientifically accurate and beautiful; I believe them to be a meadow mushroom and a bolete (though I could be wrong!). ( )
  bookwren | Jan 2, 2024 |
A nice story, with beautiful Barry Moser illustrations.
  boxofdelights | Jul 2, 2019 |
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For the most part, he was quite content. Still, there was this little ache now and then, sometimes dull, as in his old bones on a rainy day, sometimes sharp as a wasp sting. Sometimes it came when he was most content, because he had no one with whom to share his good feelings.
"It has been a long time since I have had a dinner guest," the mushroom man said softly. "We could tell riddles and write poems and you could tell me about life beneath the earth. Do you like apple crisp?"
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