Let me first preface this by saying I don’t know a lot

Let me first preface this by saying I don’t know a lot

3/9/2021, 6:09:51 PM
Let me first preface this by saying I don’t know a lot about Joan of Arc, so while I really loved this book a lot while reading it, I have so many questions 😂 . I received this as a surprise mailing yesterday from @hmhteen and since it was short and looked interesting, I started it immediately and was instantly taken by the verse and the story. . The author wrote the final hours of Joan of Arc through a series of poems—from not only Joan’s point of view, but also through some of the important people she interacted with during this time, as well as animals and objects that played a part in the narrative. Not only did I enjoy all the perspectives, but in the author’s note he explained that he wrote many of the poems in a style that was popular during Joan of Arc’s lifetime as a way of honoring her—as there was only one epic poem ever written about her during her life time. (There is a list of every poem in the back under the style it was written, which I thought was awesome) . The poems from an objects point of view were written/formed into the shape of the object speaking, which I also really loved. (Although reading the crown in a circle format was hard while laying in bed 😂) . As for Joan’s portrayal, this is where my curiosity to learn about her now comes from. Was she actually uncomfortable as a woman like she was in VOICES? Was she crazy or just extremely devout in her faith? What was it like for a young woman of that day to be in her position? These are things we may never truly know, but I’d love to read up on what studies of her are out there. . I read this whole thing kind of wishing that I was listening to it performed by someone like Lin Manuel Miranda or Lauren Hill (and if there is an audiobook of this, all specific poem style/troubadour style aside, I would love to hear it read by an amazing slam poet) . Ironically I don’t read much poetry, but will always grab a novel like this told through poems. I find it a powerful way to tell a story, but know it isn’t always for everyone. I did really love this reading very much and appreciate the catalyst to learning as much as I can now about Joan of Arc.

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