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Alphabet of Dreams

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    Cool even for non-Christians

    It may help if you know this is about the gathering of the three wise men, or Magi, who seek the newborn Jesus under the miracle star, but I don't think it's essential. What matters is that Mitra/Ramin and her little brother Babak are on the run from the king's assassins who killed their noble family. Mitra is pretending to be male Ramin to move about in their Persian society, where she must beg and steal for their food. Babak has begun to have dreams of the future when he sleeps with a piece of someone's clothing. Word gets out, of course. Magus Melchior sweeps up Mitra/Ramin and Babak. He doesn't seem to care or notice that the dreams he demands are making the little boy sick. Mitra hopes Babak's dreams will earn enough money to go to a city where she hopes they will find what's left of their family, and return to their old, wealthy lifestyle. In their journey west, collecting the other two wise kings as Babak dreams and drifts into the dream world, Mitra learns that they have enemies, that her old world may be gone for good, and that she has to decide what's really important. I found Mitra's insistence on her old life, when I thought it was clear that life was gone, annoying. Just when I was ready to lose patience with her, she'd be kind to her brother or to one of the ungrateful, ugly animals she encounters. She's a brave girl in a hard world, with a lot of tough decisions to make, and no way of knowing who to trust. Susan Fletcher is always very realistic. She does no cotton candy happy endings, but satisfying ones that make sense. They're believable. This is not prettied-up Bible story, but a genuine tale about actual people.

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