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116. Chasing Orion
Chasing Orion. Kathryn Lasky. 2010. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
First sentence: Silver glinting behind leafy trees–that is the very first thing I observed as I stood within the yard of our new home that summer season day.
Premise/plot: Chasing Orion is a coming of age story set in 1952/1953. Our heroine, Georgie, loves constructing small world dioramas. Her newest will inform the parable of Orion. A earlier diorama was impressed by Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. (Bradbury’s quick story assortment was launched in 1950). However when she’s not laborious at work constructing and creating, she spends lots of time cooped up as a result of her parents–and rightly so–are involved in regards to the polio epidemic. There is no such thing as a vaccine, and polio might be fairly harmful and lethal. One thing Georgie realizes much more as soon as she meets her neighbor, Phyllis, who’s living–or ought to that be “residing” in an iron lung subsequent door. Georgie definitely does not wish to find yourself in an iron lung! However she does miss swimming and going to the flicks.
As Georgie turns into nearer to Phyllis–so does her brother, Emmett. However is that this a superb factor or a foul factor? What does Phyllis need from her new mates?
My ideas: I actually didn’t like this one. It is a private factor, I feel. It was an uncomfortable learn that I feel rightly displays the uncomfortable-ness of the occasions. One of many large questions requested all through the ebook is that this: Is Phyllis higher off “residing” in an iron lung? Or would it not have been higher for her dad and mom to let her die? Are polio victims higher off lifeless than residing in the event that they need to stay in an iron lung? Or maybe a rocking mattress? At what level does life not turn into value residing anymore? Most coming-of-age novels aren’t actually exploring the thought of euthanasia or mercy killing. So are you able to see why it was a bit uncomfortable? I am not saying the query is not a sound one–I am simply unsure it is one I might have EVER wished to examine in center college.
One other query it appeared to come back again to many times was perception in God. Georgie decides at one level that if God really existed there would not be polio. Phyllis wouldn’t be caught in an iron lung if God was actual. Deep stuff–I am not saying it isn’t legitimate for Georgie to query what she’s been taught as she comes nose to nose with struggling. However. Once more it made for an uncomfortable learn.
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