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The iron giant; a story in five nights by Ted Hughes, 1968

The iron giant; a story in five nights by Ted Hughes, 1968
 
 
Adapted by director Brad Bird in 1999 as "The Iron Giant" movie
 
Reviewed by Kirkus: The Iron Giant vs. the space-bat-angel-dragon--that's what this episodic science-fiction-horror-fantasy shakes down to, and although the separate elements are sure-fire, the whole thing flickers out ina parable-a of love and peace and heavenly music. First there's theIronGiant shattered, reassembling his parts with the aid of a still-seeing eye; devouring all the metal machinery; trapped ina pit and buried under a mound of dirt; reemerging years later, still rapacious; tamed by the continually replenished contents of a scrap-metal yard. Then there's the star inthe constellation Orion that grows bigger and BIGGER, comes closer and CLOSER to earth, before it stops and hangs like a red moon; finally there's the black speck flying from its center, approaching nearer and nearer, blotting out the star, filling thenight, covering all of Australia when it lands. And it wants food--living things. All the weapons of the world can't blast it away and so Hogarth, the little boy who has a soft spot for theIronGiant, enlists his help. Inthe ensuing trial by fire--theIronGiant on a grid, the space-bat-angel-dragon on the sun--theIronGiant outlasts the other, who becomes his slave. What can he do? he can sing in heaven. "And the space-bat-angel's singing has the most unexpected effect." It made everybody "as peaceful as starry space and blissfully above all their earlier little squabbles." Etc. . . . Extraterrestrionics except for theIronGiant picking up his own pieces--he's scary! (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1968)
 
 
Source of the review: NoveList Plus - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=091947&site=novp-live
 
 
 
 
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