The Gift is an exploration of the art of storytelling, a coming-of-age tale in a place and time when magic is not the ring to be grabbed but the poison to be shunned. This Gift is one that will be opened, read, and treasured for a long time to come.
While the novel had potential and even some good aspects - I loved the intermitten stories - it failed to make use of either. The characters were cliché, the dialogue weak at best, the plot so sporatic and wraught with the bizarre that it really made no sense. And, frankly, it was boring.
It ended on a lecture that brought back memories of the anti-climactic Socialist diatribe that ended Sinclair's <i>The Jungle.</i> I think it might have been trying to send a message, but what is beyond me. As another reviewer noted, I am at a complete loss as to the point of this book.
I was barely able to finish <i>The Gift,</i> and by the time I had, I wished I'd never started it.
The theme of the book is "don't trust anyone you don't know". The king trusts Jason, a young arms man and the king wants to give him a promotion. But the kings advisor tells the king that is not a good idea in quote "no one knew where he'd come from, and he couldn't be cajoled into speaking of his past" pp. (30). I totally agree with the theme of the book because I was taught not to trust anyone that I don't know. It's hard to trust even the people I know my whole life.
At the beginning I liked the book because the more I read the more I want to find out what is going to happen next. One thing I don't like about the book is the mix up that I gets as I read the book. It's a kind of book you have to read more than once to understand it more. I am not going to recommend the book to anyone. If you like to read a fiction with a lot of fantacy and twist to it, then you will love it. I like the book and at the same time I don't.
He is clearly a master of the English language. Every sentence evokes wonderful imagery. Read more