The View from Saturday
EPUB EBook by E.L. Konigsburg
EBook DescriptionFrom the Mixed- EPUBUp Files of Mrs. The View from Saturday EPUB EBook Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my favorites when as a youngster; download; I know I read the book two or three times at least. So when Mom hijacked my library account (hi, Mom!) and put this one on hold for me, I was eager to read through another Newbury-award-winning novel by E.L. Konigsberg.
Here's what I found on page one:
"They called themselves The Souls. They told Mrs. Olinski that they were The Souls long before they were a team, but she told them that they were a team as soon as they became The Souls."
Right, chicka-what? I had to read that a few times, and even then I still didn't get it. There were chapters full of things like that, referencing events that had already happened ...
... But never fear, the flashbacks are here.
Through these chapters, we got to see how four sixth-graders grew to become friends, how they were chosen to represent their school in the Academic Bowl. Except the flashbacks, though fine little stories, didn't seem to mesh as well in my mind as Konigsberg insinuated they should be meshing, nor were they as profound as I expected them to be. (And, fact: I found Noah-as-narrator to be funny for about a page, but then he just became annoying, and further fact: I still don't exactly get why he was included, let alone "the first chosen" for the bowl team. Was it because he re-gifted his "treasured gifts" to retirees? Should Post-It notes really be considered a treasure??)
I did find the differences in perspective interesting. I loved reading about Ethan and Julian especially, and I found Mrs. Olinski's perspective intriguing, as well — especially in comparison to the students'.
But at the same time, issues were mentioned but not addressed to my satisfaction — not even in quick summary. What about Ethan's insecurities regarding his brother Lucas? What about his love of the stage, and do the Souls even know about it? Was Julian ever bothered by people thinking he was Native American rather than Indian? Does Nadia really "get over" her parents divorce just by saving a bunch of sea turtles?
I guess we are led to believe that the kids overcome all these issues by being friends with one another, even if they never seem to talk about their problems with each other (too busy learning calligraphy, sipping tea slowly, etc.)
Instead of wrapping those kinds of issues up, we're left with chewy bits like this:
"The Souls were waiting. They opened the door for her. And that is when she knew that they knew that she knew." (p. 160)
I suppose it was supposed to be clever, this kind of writing style, but to me — well, it just felt like the author was trying too hard. Like this book? Read online this: Mending Bodies, Saving Souls, Saturday Night.
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