By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil battle looms in oz., Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his existence to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's course from infancy within the nice Gillikan woodland isn't any Yellow Brick highway. 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 via agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of oz..
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a breathtaking glimpse of a global long gone shrill with conflict 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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Together. His first and oldest past was undifferentiated. Unending forest. Unremarkable seasons. Loneliness without hope of relief. How could Brrr imagine relief from loneliness when he hadn舗t found companionship yet? What goes unnamed remains hard to correct. Brrr didn舗t know if his mother had died in childbirth, or been stricken with amnesia. Or maybe she just lit out because she was an unnatural mother. A loner or a schizo. Or maybe she was drummed out of the pride for low behavior. He used to care which it was.
The well-trained Emerald City army forces or the Munchkinlander militia, that ad hoc volunteer swarm? Though the mauntery stood in Loyal Oz, the maunts, by dint of their spiritual allegiances, considered displays of patriotism inappropriate, if not gauche. Though they did wonder: Would either adversary show mercy to the self-quarantined isolates of a religious order? 舠Of course they will,舡 argued Sister Doctor from the lectern. 舠We are the exemplars of mercy. 舡 The maunts nodded, respectful but unconvinced.
They were dropped a few yards beyond the trap. He picked them up in his mouth and brought them forward to the soldier. He smelled the ferrous note of the belt buckle and then its complement, the tooth-sting of processed tin. The soldier wore a medal on his chest. Even in forest gloom the shine on it was enthralling. The Lion fell in love. He sat down with front paws laid out together, like a sphinx, until the felled hero began to stir. 舠I brought you your books,舡 said Brrr. 舠Oh. I hoped you were a dream,舡 murmured the soldier, which Brrr first took to be a compliment.