Susan cooper dark is rising sequence
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Re-reading Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising
The sequence captured the imagination of a generation of children, now aged fifty-something, but the books were by no means universally known: barely any of my friends knew about them. In The Dark Is Rising , the protagonist Will is about to turn eleven two years older than I was when the book came out but he reads as a teenager, with considerable agency and self-awareness that the plot explains by his special status as a supernaturally-endowed being basically, a young but ageless wizard. The ages of the child characters in the three successive novels also feel far older than they actually are, and a hint of pubertal awareness shimmers underneath some of their relationships in the last novel, Silver on the Tree Even though Cooper was consciously writing four of her novels for young people of the s, feminist consciousness-raising is not a part of her project, which feels odd for novels written during second-wave feminist politics. She does occasionally have agency, she has a pivotal plot role in Greenwitch , and she does spot clues and solve puzzles almost as often as the boys. But the way she operates as a character in the plot is traditionally gendered: concern, feeding her brothers, and screaming, whereas they run, act, shout, explore.
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