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In the Time of the Bells by Maria Gripe

In the Time of the Bells (edition 1978)

by Maria Gripe, Sheila La Farge (Translator)

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Title:In the Time of the Bells
Authors:Maria Gripe
Other authors:Sheila La Farge (Translator)
Info:Bodley Head Children's Books (1978), Edition: illustrated edition, Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:children's books, Norwegian literature, Scandinavian literature

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In the Time of the Bells by Maria Gripe




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This (as the cover states) "Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal" stars thirteen-year-old King Arvid, a philosophical, antisocial insomniac who is forced to take over the kingdom so his father can study the stars. After the King Arvid embarrasses himself, his parents bring Helge, a country lad, to be his whipping boy, someone to take Arvid's punishment. Add a sinister jester, a queen-to-be who falls in love with the wrong person, Arvid's continuing desire NOT to be king, and a lot of talk about death and destiny, and what could have been a simple fairy tale turns into a complex and thought-provoking story. ( )
  Garelvirat | Feb 22, 2009 |
Set in mediveal times, the young king needs corrections. And as you can't beat a king, a whipping boy is provided. Between the two a friendship emerges. beautiful and sometimes sad tale, made even more gripping by Harld Gripe's evocative illustrations. ( )
  isiswardrobe | May 25, 2006 |
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