Spider's Voice

Even if I d been given to speech, I d have been struck dumb by this exquisite girl.Then I realized there was one additional person in the cathedral A man, standing behind me, who turned toward me and smiled That smile It was the first time anyone had ever looked at me as though I were someone who mattered As if he were saying to me, without words, Because you and IEven if I d been given to speech, I d have been struck dumb by this exquisite girl.Then I realized there was one additional person in the cathedral A man, standing behind me, who turned toward me and smiled That smile It was the first time anyone had ever looked at me as though I were someone who mattered As if he were saying to me, without words, Because you and I are men, we apreciate feminine beauty when we see it From the moment Aran sees Peter Abelard and his lover, Eloise, he wants nothing than to surround himself with the coulple s renowned beauty, intelligence, and eloquence, which seem to offer a path of hope away from his cruel and impoverished childhood Aran is still mourning the recent death of his devoted mother, who had taught her mute son how to spin wool, as well as the art of listening Now Aran, born tongue tied, has been peddled to a merchant of human grotesqueries by his brutal older brother and is about to have his body forced into the shape of a human spider When Abelard, in need of a servant who will not talk of his affair with Eloise, rescues Aran from Master Galien, it seems that the boy s dream has come true He is quickly given the name of Spider and accompanies the famous couple around France as they confront the various plights brought about by their overwhelming passion During this time, he learns how to read, silently Little by little, Spider becomes enmeshed in the lives of Abelard and Eloise, and his gifts of reading, spinning, and listening enable him to become the thread connecting the two people he worships most In this fictional account of the true story of Abelard and Heloise, the famous twelfth centuryFrench lovers, Gloria Skurzynski has created a tale of patience and devotion, and of the beauty created from the space between silence and words.
Spider s Voice Even if I d been given to speech I d have been struck dumb by this exquisite girl Then I realized there was one additional person in the cathedral A man standing behind me who turned toward me and

  • Title: Spider's Voice
  • Author: Gloria Skurzynski
  • ISBN: 9780689821493
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Spider's Voice”

    1. I labeled it "teen" instead of "adult" as the sexual scenes are generally off-camera. It should be considered older-teen, though, for the two mutilations (one deliberate, one accidental). Not having learned much about Peter Abelard, I don't know how accurately it portrays his personality or his teachings. Abelard is portrayed as a cocky, self-centered man who is passionately involved with Eloise, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who refuses to marry him as it would hinder his scholarly ad [...]

    2. This book captured me. The story is timeless. the underlying theme is extremely sad, and touches on topics like impotency, castration, and mutilation for sake of entertainment. The writing style is simple but sincerely devoted to our characters, and drives the reader onward to finish the book in one sitting (or while sitting in class to get a detention for not paying attention (as I did when I first read it).

    3. An interesting novelization of the Heloise and Abelard love story told from the perspective of a mute servant of Abelard. Abelard isn't shown in a completely favorable light, even though Spider worships him. Along the way, Spider is drawn into the tragedy of the lovers and the letters that have kept the story alive since then. Also a very interesting look at life in France in the middle ages.

    4. This book was a bit of a disappointment for me, I was expecting more. The plot was unique and interesting, but I felt it was poorly developed. I would have appreciated the perspectives of more than one character. On the other hand, I enjoyed how fact and fiction were woven together.

    5. This one made me want to read more about Abelard and Heloise, to see how much this author got right. Also made me wonder if in 12th century France they really deformed boys in order to make them servants and "playthings" of the wealthy.

    6. I bought this with the hope that it would be great historical fiction about the Middle Ages. It's not. The true story of Abelard and Eloise, the famous twelfth century French lovers, sounds fascinating; however, this retelling is, well, sort of creepy.

    7. The story started out good. It was easy to read and the characters flowed together, but towards the middle, the thread seems to get lost.

    8. I love finding YA texts about little-known and under-explored time periods. I wasn't disappointed in this one.

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