By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil warfare looms in ounces, Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his lifestyles to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's course from infancy within the nice Gillikan wooded area is not any Yellow Brick street. looking to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence by means of agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of oz..
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a breathtaking glimpse of an international long past shrill with struggle fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and gear that experience made his books modern classics.
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He would get the goods if they were to be gotten. If it was to be cat and mouse here, he had the genetic qualifications to play the cat. He had the motivation. He had the might of the bloody Court to back him up, too, if need be. He would redeem his reputation among the great and the good of Oz, and he舗d wipe the smirks off their goddamn faces with his own beribboned tail. 舠You舗re an oracle, I舗m told,舡 he said. 舡 舠I like to hear it told,舡 she replied. 舠I have an appetite for childhoods. 舡 The Nursery in the Forest 舦 1 舦 THE PARTICULARITY of other folks舗 youthful memories always mocked Brrr.
It hadn舗t helped him to act the part of an alley cat later on, when he舗d wanted to flee into the demimonde. But he had loved the contrapuntality of discussion even before he quite understood that words possessed dedicated meanings. Eavesdropping on two travelers arguing over which way to go: savory plum nectar to him, blanket and kisses and mother舗s milk to him. The lilt of human voices in conversation, the nasal sonority, the fermata silences舒he learned to hold himself very still in dappled shadows for the reward of it.
They舗re loyal to the Wizard of Oz! They will come for me if you tell them where I am. 舡 A new concept. 舠A lesson for us all,舡 said the Lion cautiously. 舠Wish I舗d had a soldier for a mother, then. 舡 But that was rumination, not conversation. He tried again. 舡 The lad舒he was hardly more than that舒sat up as far as he could. 舠Am I hallucinating all this? Kill me or save me, as you wish, but for the love of the Unnamed God, do it soon. 舡 It was this last remark that moved the Lion to pity, or pity of a sort.
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3) by Gregory Maguire