Captives of Time Malcolm J. Bosse

ISBN: 9780385295833

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268 pages


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Captives of Time  by  Malcolm J. Bosse

Captives of Time by Malcolm J. Bosse
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School Library JournalGrade 7-10Time is the binding theme in this starkly imagined life in late medieval Europe. Sixteen-year-old Annes Uncle Albrecht, an ex-monk, seeks to order time as if thus to ascertain the mind of God. But rival forces—a duke,MoreSchool Library JournalGrade 7-10Time is the binding theme in this starkly imagined life in late medieval Europe.

Sixteen-year-old Annes Uncle Albrecht, an ex-monk, seeks to order time as if thus to ascertain the mind of God. But rival forces—a duke, the church, and the town merchants—also seek control of this new power image, the clock, amid social upheavals of laborers, marauding soldiers, outbreaks of plague—times of casual brutality, rape.

Anne narrates this three-year account (her mute younger brother and his ever-present pet rabbit her companion and foil), from the horrendous opening scenes of her parents murder, to a future made hopeful through her clock-making experience. There are wonderful minor characters, such as a crazed Knight Templar and a Jew who finds temporary refuge as a copyist. Although some characters are introduced or events staged to present special information (e.g., knighthood, taxation, housekeeping practices), the crafting is so good and the writing so vivid that readers will be grateful.

There are a few sunny spots—ice skating and delight in a spring day after being plague-bound, but the overall atmosphere evoked is somber and symbolic.Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public LibraryCopyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.



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