Aunt Maria

´ Aunt Maria ☆ Diana Wynne Jones - Aunt Maria, Aunt Maria Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury The men appear to be zombies The children are like clones of one another Mig s brother Chris has disappeared Could civilized Aunt Maria have anyth ´ Aunt Maria ☆ Diana Wynne Jones - Aunt Maria, Aunt Maria Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury The men appear to be zombies The children are like clones of one another Mig s brother Chris has disappeared Could civilized Aunt Maria have anyth

  • Title: Aunt Maria
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780688106119
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
Aunt Maria

´ Aunt Maria ☆ Diana Wynne Jones, Aunt Maria, Diana Wynne Jones, Aunt Maria Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury The men appear to be zombies The children are like clones of one another Mig s brother Chris has disappeared Could civilized Aunt Maria have anything to do with this A brilliant gripping and funny story from the author of The Ogre Downstairs ´ Aunt Maria ☆ Diana Wynne Jones - Aunt Maria, Aunt Maria Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury The men appear to be zombies The children are like clones of one another Mig s brother Chris has disappeared Could civilized Aunt Maria have anyth

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About “Diana Wynne Jones

  • Diana Wynne Jones

    Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.

229 thoughts on “Aunt Maria

  • Malo znam pisaca koji toliko nisu imali sre e s naslovnim stranama svojih knjiga kao Dajana Vin D ouns Crna Marija a ovaj naslov je zapravo aluzija na pikovu damu , sude i po ovim koricama, jeste knjiga za mla u decu, o nekoj simpati noj ve ti ici Jeste, avola.Ako ste ikada imali blizak dodir sa pasivno agresivnom osobom od koje niste mogli da pobegnete glavom bez obzira jer vam je neki rod u strina Mariji ete je prepoznati u roku od prve dve tri strane Jo toliko i roman koji je po eo kao pri a [...]

  • I think it was then that it dawned on me that Mum wasn t going to notice Chris was missing She has been made so that she thinks Chris is just round the corner all the time She doesn t realise that she never sees him I don t know why I didn t understand earlier If Aunt Maria can turn Chris into a wolf, she s surely strong enough to do this to Mum except that it seems a different kind of thing, much natural and ordinary, and I didn t really think she could do both kinds.Old Aunt Maria s sweet vic [...]

  • Here, Jones examines the workings of families and the relationship between the sexes After her father s car goes over a cliff, Mig, her brother Chris, and their mother go to stay with Mig s Aunt Maria in the little town of Cranbury on Sea, but they quickly realize that all is not as it seems to be the women, under Aunt Maria s rod of iron, rule the town, the men almost all act like zombies, and the only children are locked away in an orphanage Along with the characteristically inventive story, B [...]

  • So that was my last DWJ, sigh I suppose I ll have to start buying them now.I think because my edition has an awful, awful cover, I didn t like this book when I first read it, years and years ago This was only the second time I ve read it, and naturally it was very good Not one of her best, I think, but DWJ s worst is better than, I would say, pretty much all of the children s literature being published today.

  • 10 ish Thoughts on Aunt Maria 1 First thing s first Time travel There was a bit of time travel near the end of the book, which was SUPER awesome I will not say anything about it, but suffice to say that it was fabulous.2 It s told in first person by Mig, a girl who likes to write kindred soul She tells us the story in her journal I don t always care for first person, but I really liked how it was her journal It gave the story such an immediate feeling and all the descriptions etc felt so up clo [...]

  • Well, the cover is slightly misleading in a bibbity bobbity way.I initially thought of just letting that be my review, but that wouldn t really help someone who hasn t read this book with this cover If you have, then you know it s rather like seeing a poster for The Secret of NIMH 2 Timmy to the Rescue used as the cover of Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH I prefer the demented version of the titular character from the German version, but I digress.Mig, her brother Chris, and their mum are politel [...]

  • There s this idea that books for children and young adults are meant to be read by children and young adults I don t know what that says about me as I m very fond of these books, sometimes choosing them over books meant for adults.Wynne Jones has always been someone whose books I ve liked and Black Maria is no exception She builds her characters well I could clearly see Mig and her family Mig always trying for a happy ending even if her idea of a happy ending is not the same as that of the peopl [...]

  • If I didn t already love DWJ, I wouldn t have finished this The writing style, the humour, the feeling of it all going to pot and then safety at the last second that was all her But it was grown up Darker A little crazier More like 8 Days of Luke than her normal fantasy stuff And while I enjoyed how she played with the traditional myths in Luke, I didn t like this one so well Maybe it s because I didn t know so much about the legends she pulled from this time it was hard going and like she said, [...]

  • I loved Wynne Jones when I was young so it was great to see that the writing does stand up to adult scrutiny The story was pacy and exciting she s a past master at suckering the reader in And the tone was just right the child narrator didn t sound stilted or unrealistic.However, the story has dated a little I think one of the problems is that Wynne Jones has decided to deal with issues fatal, really Briefly to explain, the town has been divided along gender lines The women are in control of the [...]

  • Imaginative, creepy in places, question raising and altogether refreshing The story did take some time to start properly, but perhaps we had to be immersed in the mind numbing boredom Mig and Chris are going through.A light but quality read It may be even sufficiently characterized by all things that it is not for children, but not dumbed down first person, but not Mary Sue taking on the gender difference question and not muffing it using magic, but not as a plot device or totally without rules [...]

  • A classic DWJ, with great character interactions and intriguing ideas I liked the mystery and adventure and process of discovery However I felt like there needed to be wrapping up at the end.

  • Mig, who writes stories and keeps a journal to document her experiences, tells how she, her brother Chris and their mum, are spending the Easter holidays at the home of aunt Maria who lives by the sea Their father, who had left to live with another woman, has recently been killed in a car accident while on the way to visit the aunt.It soon becomes apparent that Maria is a master manipulator and loves nothing than to have Mig and her family dancing attendance on her And she is a queen bee with a [...]

  • Dad perished when his car fell off a cliff when he was going to visit Great Aunt Maria, his aunt by marriage That after he ran away from home with a blonde named Verena Bland Dad s misadventures were terrible enough, but then Mig and her brother Chris found out that Mum had decided that they would stay with Aunt Maria during Easter holiday to help her She was so old and feeble according to her and her neighbours , and her servant had to leave in a hurry, so her relatives would be very helpful if [...]

  • Diving back into the stack of Diana Wynne Jones books from my kind friend who evidently has an endless supply.In Cranbury on Sea Aunt Maria rules with a rod of sweetness far tougher than iron and deadlier than poison Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury Why are all the men apparently gray suited zombies Why do all the children if you ever see them behave like clones And what has happened to Mig s brother, Chris Could gentle, civilized Aunt Maria, with her talk and daily tea partie [...]

  • I love Diana Wynne Jones books I ve read everything I could get my hands on, but I have to admit, the ending ruined the entire book for me.The beginning and middle of this book really had my heart a real page turner The characters plight is gripping, and Aunt Maria is the most hateful villain I ve had the pleasure of reading The main characters are very self determined when they get motivated When the mother stops remembering her own son, my heart was broken But the ending felt horribly rushed, [...]

  • I was totally with this book right up until the very end, which I thought wrapped things up too quickly and too neatly And although to be completely fair, it does fit with the general conceit of the book being was written by a girl who loves stories with happy endings, it did pull me out of the story very abruptly Also, the book does present some pretty interesting thoughts on gender relations, and the inherently problematic nature of differentiating between sexes, but they are never really furt [...]

  • Children s modern fantasy Mig, her mother and her brother Chris are gently connived into going to visit their great aunt Maria pronounced Mar eye ah in a village by the sea, in which she rules with lace curtains and gentility There s something wrong with the village, though The men and women seem to be at war, the children all look like clones, and Mig and Chris dad, who s supposed to be dead, seems to be driving around town.I first read this one one before I was obsessed with Diana Wynne Jones, [...]

  • Another one of my favorites, Black Maria sometimes published as Aunt Maria in the USA is about how far people will go to manage other people and how to resist being managed But it s a lot fun than that sounds Aunt Maria is an awesome creation who gets people to do what she wants through both magic and good old fashioned manipulation and guilt tripping Mig, Chris and their mother are only supposed to stay in Cranbury on Sea for a few days over Easter, but when Chris starts seeing a ghost in his [...]

  • This is the first DWJ book that I ve read written in the first person and it is fantastic It s got just the right amount of everything As always, DWJ manages to combine perfectly fantasy and real life drama, even if the part of the real life issues are a bit dated the gender roles, mostly while very rigid in DWJ s day are less so now Compared to Fire and Hemlock, Aunt Maria wraps up nicely in the end, but DWJ does tend to leave her endings a bit open, ambiguous, and not completely happy This is [...]

  • Why is this called Black Maria Why is my copy NOT called Black Maria Is it because I m American Darn it.Very good One of her shorter books, it s sat in my bookshelf for years and I m not sure if I ve read it before Horribly exciting and magic and a little nerve wracking because I kept expecting everyone to die.Maria made me was to punch something Teddy bearish my foot I hated the boys versus girls thing, though Mostly because Mig just wanted to help and Mr Phelps was such an a hole to her Really [...]

  • Loved this book, but there was quite a bit of colloquial language that I didn t understand Probably because I m not British

  • This is a pretty good fantasy, but kind of dark for younger children It was kind of hard to follow sometimes, but was overall a good book.

  • I really recommend this book It is perfectly written, full of deep thought and yet light, sharp and dynamic It is very easy to read but it should have been hard to write narrated by a teenager, from different points of time within the narrative, presented as the corrected text of a diary Wynne Jones pulls this off easily The central character feels very real, she is present on the page but not contained by it She is finding her own hidden depths and learning about the world, and poised only at t [...]

  • When looking at a list of titles that Jones wrote, I sometimes forget which ones I ve already read until I see plot descriptions This is one I hadn t read until a few months ago, and it s apparently called Black Maria in other countries It s about a divorced mother and her children who go to stay with her helpless seeming aunt in law, who turns out to actually be a witch who has a reign of terror over the small seaside community where she lives There s a fairly convoluted conspiracy that I had s [...]

  • Black Maria is probably not one of her better works, although it may be that I m the wrong age to get the message in the right way it felt very much like I was being hit over the head with the elements of the story, and the gender politics very much the feeling I get when reading some of the Sherri S Tepper I do like the fact that the main character is female, teenaged, and has agency Yes, she gets other people to help her, but it works I found the attitude of the mother very frustrating, but I [...]

  • Black Maria had one of the most frightening characters I have encountered in literature in a long while, and this is me saying this after reading Perdido Street Station I honestly found Aunt Maria terrifying.That said, this was not one of my favorite books of Diana Wynne Jones I found one of the plot elements difficult to accept and that threw a wrench into my enjoyment On the other hand, DWJ requires careful reading, so I very well may have missed an important clue.DWJ is always fun, well writ [...]

  • It s not my favorite DWJ I thought it started a bit slow and the actual magic at work could ve been explained a little better But I ll take average Diana Wynne Jones over a great deal of other stuff any day of the week.

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