Friday, July 20, 2007

The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari is a book that can be read on many levels. It can be read as a simple fairy tale about the last elf and the last dragon and the adventures they have. It can be read as a political statement about what happens when people lose their freedom to choose for themselves. And it can even be read as dark vs. light, or good vs. evil. This little book contains some wonderful images about what it is like to be a little elf, born lately, and the two humans who don't understand him, but try their hardest to help him. Common knowledge is that elves have caused all the rain and misery that humans now experience. This book is about cause and effect. The question is this, does the elf really cause all the bad weather? Does he have the power to make the world a sad, dark place? Or perhaps is something else going on? As the little elf travels and grows up, so does our understanding of the world and what is really at play in this story. The story is enchanting, the lessons are thought provoking, and the translation from the Italian to English is praise worthy. This is a book to read, ponder and share with others.

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