DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:nebraska wrote:DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Very interesting! But you would reconcile the actual physical souvenirs they each came home with?
I was wondering if it presented itself differently to different people, using worlds that were meaningful to the individual.
They may have gone into a "real" attic and that spurred the imagination -- but brought trinkets down from the "real" attic.
I get it. I was thinking you meant the attic was existed in their heads only. That sort of goes along with my thinking that you were lured to different parts of the attic depending on what issues you needed to face and resolve.deppaura wrote:Is Attica the protagonist in this story? Hope it's o.k. to mention Mr. Grantham, somewhat of a sorcerer. He sent the children on this adventure, albeit with some concern, He KNEW the attic. I am reminded of myths, stories throughout time with age old messages regarding passages through life. At times, Attica seemed cathedral, spiritual. Myths deal with rewarding challenges. Go through the dark to see the light. Was Attica the big bad world? The unknown in a child's mind? The children certainly held up to the test. Anyway I found it fascinating, even with the negativity. I'd love to hear a young persons take on the story.
It's absolutely fine to mention Mr. Grahtham, deppaura. We didn't include him as a stand alone question. I thought it was interesting that he knew what he was sending the children into, and I think the reader senses that when he tells them about it. Actually that was a bit of a comforting thought when the children were lost. Surely Mr. Grantham wouldn't have sent them into grave danger! Interesting takes on what the attic might have represented. We will get into symbolism, etc. I would love to hear a young person's take as well!
Of course, under no circumstances can I pass as a young person, but my guess is that they would take the story at face value. The attic would be exactly as it was described, no discussion necessary.
I just think back to when my niece was younger and the first Harry Potter book was released. She would talk about Hogwarts as a real place, (and the children as real children), never questioning how or why things did what they did. Even though she was completely aware that it was all fiction and didn't really exist, while she was reading the book, it did.
I think a young person would read this book in exactly the same way. Garry has described the attic so descriptively that it has shape and form and substance...and occasionally, spite.