Friday, June 1, 2012
Redwall: The Long Patrol
Every few years, I go back and reread all the Redwall books. This series is one that slips to the back of my mind, perhaps too often, but as soon as I pick up one book I'm reminded all over again why I loved Brian Jacques as a child and why I still love him as an adult.* There is so much I could say about his books, and most of it applies to the series as a whole, not just one or two individual books, so I think I'll just talk about one or two points per book, instead of repeating the same things over and over or making one huge massively long post. I'm not fond of massively long posts, in case you couldn't tell.
The Long Patrol is one of my favorite in this series, and is probably up there in the top three. I just think Cregga and Tammo and Tansy's storylines mesh very well together, without a crazy amount of running around and riddle-solving. It's also enjoyable to see how creatures that were young in a previous book--Pearls of Lutra, for those of you not "in the know"--have grown up and grown wiser.
But the singular Redwall-generic point I'd like to make first is FOODOHMYGODTHEFOOD.
Seriously. I dare you to read a description of a Redwall feast and not start drooling. I'm actually now in the habit of skipping all those lovely descriptions, because when I read through them I get hungry and go start eating. I don't even like most the food he describes. I read somewhere that Jacques--pronounced "Jakes," by the way--speculated that it was because he grew up during WWII in England, when food was scarce. And if I remember correctly, until he was eight or so, he thought that an orange was a made-up fruit. I think it's hard for most people to comprehend that level of not-having.
...and now my mouth is watering. I ate dinner not even two hours ago! Curse you, Brian Jaaaaacques! Only not really, because his books are awesome. And I know he will never see this, but it needs to be said anyway: Thank you, Brian Jacques, for writing these books and sharing with us your world.
*Oh, God, I'm old enough to use the phrase "as an adult." When did that happen? I was a teenager just yesterday!