Elizabeth Goudge Day: The Valley of Song
Lory's Elizabeth Goudge event is now something I look forward to a lot. This year, I splurged a little bit and bought two (used) books I've never read, but I am still saving those for later; I also got The Valley of Song through ILL. It's a strange and charming story; a children's fairytale, but a long and complex one that makes me think of....oh, At the Back of the North Wind, maybe. Goudge mixes her Christian imagery and older mythology with happy abandon, like Lewis does in Narnia, but it's a very different feel, and her story is set maybe 250 years ago, in the late 18th century, I think.
|My ILL cover -- charming|
It's an unusual story, that's for sure, combining a fantasy tour of all creation, a love of one particular English village, and a deep belief in the possibility of redemption for everyone, no matter how lost they feel. I really liked it, and now I have to give it back tomorrow, but maybe someday I can find a copy to own. It would be worth having.