Eragon Book ReviewBook review of Eragon
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Review: Christopher Paolini's Eragon | Literature
There have been more than a hundred copies of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings for more than a year. In order to spell "high fantasy," you need a card as a front-ispiece speckled with fictional place names (half of which are broken by an unnecessary apostrophe) and showing a pre-industrial land ruled by a bully (or Dark Lord).
As our heroes search for a way to defeat the Dark Lord, they find associates to join them in the final battle. It is apt to describe a hundred "high fantasies", and it is also a precise summary of Eragon. It is not astonishing that Christopher Paolini was only 15 years old when he written it, so it is not astonishing that the history is very derived.
What is amazing is how often Paolini has wrested the cumbersome stereotypes into a clear and haunting novella. It is particularly good with everything that has to do with the kite Saphira, which Eragon raises from an eggs. Eragon's relation is full of fancy lines, from the minute Eragon erects the boy to explore his gender and the kite object.
There' s an epoch in which Saphira tries to end up in a storm and is pushed into the sky over and over again - which is exactly what would occur - and the novelty is continued in the kite's progressive evolution from a dependant to a kind of opinionated older sibling and further to an irascibles but faithful one.
The Eragon and his drag on are maturing together, I believe. But, even better, Paolini has reached a representation of the genuine affections between the young man and the kite without ever editing the point, and that shows genuine dexterity. When I see all this, I cannot help but feel that the admiration and advertising that has been piled up on Paolini has done him a great service.
Now he must be under enormous stress to do the same - even up to the 4th and 5th volume of his serial - while he should be abandoned to find out where his true talents are and to evolve them. Nevertheless, Eragon is released for kids, most of whom will encounter this kind of imagination for the first of all.
Paolini is writing like someone who is moved by his own history, so he will also grab his reader. There' are also powerful times when the drake saves Eragon by dragging the rooftop from a barrack, or in depictions of the dwarf authenticity that will sound so clear with such times in the movies of the Lord of the Rings that this weary old style gets a new, juvenile bust.