Title- I, Coriander.
Author- Sally Gardner.
Publish date- 2007.
(A brief) Synopsis:
A twisting, haunting and eternally beautiful story in which a young girl must find out the truth of her parents and the courage to fight when her world is shattered.
What I thought:
I read I, Coriander when I was between the ages of eight and eleven, and it stuck with me, both because of the oddness that was in the story, the unease and fear I felt as I read certain parts, but also because, I think, it perplexed me.
I wasn't sure what I'd make of it, now, and to be truthful I'm still not wholly sure! I find it difficult to place it in a single age group, too, as it doesn't feel all that suitable for MG, but I don't think it's completely YA, either, and that's kept me thinking.
One of my favourite parts about re-reading a book is when I only remmeber fragments, and so it was with this- I vividly remember the crocodile (and being terrified of it as I read late one night) on the cover, and certain parts of the story did come back to me as I read this time, though for the most part it all felt new- even the end wasn't as I understod it back then, though it was particularly memorable to me.
I find it also very hard to describe this book and how I feel about it- the one word that comes to me, straight off, is dark, which is very accurate, but my favourite scenes make me think the opposite, no matter who dire circumstances may have been during them- they're mystical and wonderful and I love them. I wish there had been more of those scenes I so loved.
In the end I don't think I can do any justice to I, Coriander in a review, apart from urging you to try reading it even if the synopsis (mine or any other) doesn't immediately draw you in. There is so much hidden here it would be impossible (and not at all in the spirit of things) to try and explain any of them.