Green Boy (英語) ハードカバー – 2002/3/1
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Long Pond Cay, in the Bahamas, is a magical white-sand island, and twelve-year-old Trey and silent seven-year-old Lou love to visit its loneliness. But one day the magic becomes nightmare, and suddenly they are in another world, strident, polluted, and overcrowded -- where little Lou is hailed not as a mute Bahamian boy but as the mythic hero Lugh, born to bring terrible destruction and renewal.
Carried betwween worlds in a zigzag adenture of mounting tension and danger, the children risk their lives not only to save the alien world, but to ward off a new, parallel threat to their beloved Long Pond Cay. The forces of myth and nature explode together in an amazing climax.
This is a deeply moving fantasy told by an internationally acclaimed Newbery Award -- wining writer, who knows and loves the Bahamian islands. Its vision of a spoiled world ominously like our own will haunt the reader for long time to come.
"Readers are likely to be pulled in by the sensitive portrayals of Trey and Lous, the mysterious adventures in Pangaia and the whilrwind climax."
"An intriguing and truly lovely book."
"Cooper...hints at her virtuoso ability to deepen everyday occurrence into resonant mythic narrative."
"The lyrical nature writing evokes the fragility and the power of a spider's silk, the miracle of a seashell, the physical connections of the wind, water, and sand."
"Real moments of near-tangible peace."
"Cooper ... writes movingly about the beauty of the Bahamas."
Living with their grandparents (their mother works on the mainland to earn more money) Trey is immensely self-sufficient and able to handle his boat in the waters around the island, taking his brother to all their secret places. But an upheaval is about to enter their lives: two in fact. Developers are coming to the island, intent on building a hotel on the island and endangering the ecosystem. The community rallies to protect their home, only to find that the foreign investors are prepared to fight dirty.
Yet the second occurrence is far more strange and dangerous - whilst out in their boat, the brothers are catapulted into another world: a city that appears to exist in the future. Grabbed by a group of underground rebels, Lou is heralded as their long-awaited mystical hero Lugh. Utterly self-assured, Lou seems to know exactly what to do, even as they evade the police and explore underground catacombs, searching for answers in both worlds.
"Green Boy" is a strange book: bizarre even. I've read (and loved) The Dark is Rising series several times, but readers searching for something similar will find little resemblance to her most famous work. Cooper excels in describing the dual worlds: the tropical beauty of the Bahamas and the cold sterility of Pangaia, and the characterization is strong as well, particularly Trey's thought process and speech patterns. He is mainly an observer to the action - it is the otherworldly Lou that is the real protagonist; Trey just recounts their adventures.
And they are strange adventures, ending in two deus ex machinas: a hurricane in the real world and the titular green boy in Pangaia. Furthermore, it's unclear how the two worlds are connected or what power is transporting them to and fro. Problems are solved in rather obscure ways - collecting fossils from the past to insert into cave walls, for example. Other things such as giant millipedes and telepathically-talking trees aren't given much explanation: they're just *there*.
"Green Boy" is perhaps best described as an environmental fairytale that contains a rather eclectic blend of different elements. Though it's readable enough, often the different aspects of the story don't quite seem to fit together: the threat of development and the return of Trey's deadbeat father would have worked just fine as a plot without all the futuristic stuff, and at times it almost feels like you're reading two completely unrelated stories.
Though the prose is beautifully rendered, I don't think I'll be reading "Green Boy" again in a hurry. The environmental tract isn't as obnoxious as it usually is (saving the planet is a worthy endeavor, but more often than not it doesn't make for very good fiction) but it's simply not as good as Cooper's usual fare. But don't let this put you off reading The Dark is Rising sequence, as that's brilliant.
This is a good eco-tale, but for those of us brought up on the double Newberry award winning "Dark is Rising" sequence, this book will be a disappointment. There is still a small celtic element in the folk of Pangaia, and a strong mystical thread to the story. Nevertheless the world creation did not really seem to work form me. I loved the writing about the Bahamas, but I can barely bring Pangaia to mind at all. In any case it felt a little over-contrived. A cautionary tale that was simply not subtle enough
The ending of the story was pleasant, and I did enjoy this book. Nevertheless if I wanted to sell Susan Cooper as a writer to someone I would give them "The Dark is Rising" or her newer "Victory" or "The Boggart" in preference to this book.
The setting of this book is in the Bahamas on an island called Long Pond Cay, but it also takes place in an alternate dimension that looks like Long Pond Cay. The main characters are a twelve-year-old boy named Trey and his mute seven-year-old brother Lou. They are both round and dynamic characters in the fact that throughout the book their personalities constantly change.
I think this book is interesting because Trey and Lou jump between worlds to try and save one while their own is being destroyed. They have to deal with their divorced parents; their dad is the head of one of the construction companies trying to build Sapphire Island resorts on Long Pond Cay. While they are in the other world for around a day it is only about an hour in their world.
The main conflict of the book is that Trey and Lou have to find a very rare star shaped shell to unlock a door to save the other world. The problem with this is that they are very hard to find and Lou is the only one who can open the door. If they find it or not that is up to you to find out.
I would not recommend this book to some on who does not like books with strange plot. This book is a good book for someone who has a very unlimited imagination. There in lies the question do you join Trey and Lou on their adventure to save their world as well as the other or leave it to the next person, but by then it could be to late.
Now to some people this may seem exciting, but to me, not really. It is a somewhat well written book but it is a little bit too... hard to explain but environment obsessed. I had to keep myself reading this book, which is never fun. If you are going to read a fantasy or Science Fiction book, I would not recommend this being your answer.