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The Onion Girl | [Charles de Lint]

The Onion Girl

In his stunning works. Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life: Newford, where magic lights the dark streets, myths walk clothed in modern shapes, and a broad cast of extraordinary people work to keep the whole world turning. At the center of it all stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair and paint-splattered jeans, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city's shadows.
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Publisher's Summary

In his stunning works of magic and danger in the modern world, Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life: Newford, where magic lights the dark streets, myths walk clothed in modern shapes, and a broad cast of extraordinary people work to keep the whole world turning. At the center of it all stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair and paint-splattered jeans, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city's shadows.

Now, at last, de Lint tells Jilly's own story; for behind the painter's fey charm lies a dark secret that she's labored to forget. "I'm the onion girl," Jilly Coppercorn says. "Pull back the layers of my life, and you won't find anything at the core. Just a broken child. A hollow girl. She's very, very good at running - but the past has come to claim her now."

©2001 Charles de Lint; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    S. Walker KCMO 09-24-09
    S. Walker KCMO 09-24-09 Member Since 2009

    Suzzzie

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    "It was OK"

    Very long and drawn out...the end was unsatisfying... but if you stay with it, it does have something to say. Its about how we become the person we choose to be. Every decision you make sends your life path in a new direction. Sometimes good, sometimes not good. And only you havethe power to change your path. The story was painful to hear in some places, speaks of child abuse and neglect. It made me cry.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steph United States 04-29-13
    Steph United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Suprising"

    I have never read anything by Charles De Lint prior to listening to The Onion Girl. It is a very good book. I was suprised at how well he mixed the faerie world into what would be considered our world. The book is dark and I saw in the reviews that it was very depressing and hard to read. I would say while it is a book that deals with dark issues it is one of hope and redemtion. You do have to stick with it to get to the hope and redemption.

    The book deals with issues of sexual abuse, at times graphically but not pornagraphically so. It also deals with children living on the streets and the years work those who go through these experiences spend on healing and coping with the mental trauma related. I was nervous to read this because I have a very hard time when these issues are dealt with in a trite, superficial, or inaccurate manner. I am not an expert but did work in social work with these issues for a few years and found De Lint's interpretation to be believable and in a way healing. Many people who deal with childhood trauma turn to fantasy and science fiction as a release to live in another world. I was impressed with De Lint.

    Apart from the topic, I also found the Onion Girl to be well written and captivating. It is a very interesting story that keeps you intrigued. I highly recommend this book

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shellie United States 05-15-13
    Shellie United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Onion Girl?

    Her conviction to wanting others to know and experience that there is more to the world if you can move past your personal stumbling blocks and allow yourself to see it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure I have a favorite character, they are all colorful and have interesting attributes. I think the biggest role in the book belongs to the dreaming world, which is a fascinating place that I wish I could go.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    I love Kate Reading, ever since listening to her co-narrate the wheel of time series with Micheal Kramer. Her excellent voice acting skills really help in following the story as it moves from one characters point of view to another.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The world is as it is...but is it?


    Any additional comments?

    As Jilly emphatically points out in one part of the story that people are not born bad...this makes me want to know more about Del's back story which is never really discussed (not that I want to like or forgive him his deeds); but what made him the monster he was? and for that matter a little more on the Tatter Snake's issue would be interesting....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhiana 04-04-13
    Rhiana 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent story as well as extremely well read"
    If you could sum up The Onion Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, engaging and different


    What other book might you compare The Onion Girl to and why?

    Widdershins, Dreams Underfoot, Dream and Memores, The Mystery of Grace


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Her voice works very well with both male and female characters and is pleasant to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The other side


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J. Carroll USA 05-20-09
    Mark J. Carroll USA 05-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Slow, passive and longwinded"

    This story has good intentions: marry the world that we live in with a fairytale world. People are able to move between them in their dreams. The flow of the story is very, very slow. It is hard to find the apex of the story as it just meanders along. The ending of the story does not conclude much as it happens too far away from the climax - so it drags on there too. All in all it was not a horrible listen. Some of the the characters were great (liked the bad sister and her friend a lot - they at least had drive in the story, some sort of passion). I did not find myself rooting for the anyone in particular so found it hard to attach to the story - it just did not grab me as other stories have in the past.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Kallangur, Australia 02-29-12
    Melanie Kallangur, Australia 02-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Dark but Satisfying"

    The content of this novel was very dark with a lot of the story telling the story of the childhood abuse suffered by the main characters. At times I found it depressing and too serious but the narrator was doing such an amazing job I kept listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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