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Using the lore and the folk-magic of the men and women who settled North America, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate world where magic works, and where that magic has colored the entire history of the colonies. Charms and beseechings, hexes and potions, all have a place in the lives of the people of this world. Dowsers find water, the albin-maker sight warns of dangers t Using the lore and the folk-magic of the men and women who settled Xlvin-maker America, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate world where magic works, and where that magic has colored the entire history of the colonies.
Dowsers find water, the second sight warns of dangers to come, and a torch can read a person’s futureor their heart. In this world where “knacks” abound, Alvin, the seventh son of a seventh son, is a very special man indeed.
He’s a Maker; he has the knack of understanding how things are put together, how to create them, repair them, keep them whole, or tear them down.
He can heal hearts as well as bones, he build a house, he can calm the waters or blow up a storm. And he can teach his knack to others, to the measure of their own talent. Alvin has been trying to avert the terrible war that his wife, Peggy, a torch of extraordinary power, has seen down the life-lines of every American. Now she has sent him down the Mizzippy to the city of New Orleans, or Nueva Barcelona as they call it under Spanish occupation.
Alvin doesn’t know exactly why he’s there, but when he and his brother-in-law, Arthur Stuart, find lodgings with a family of abolitionists who know Peggy, he suspects he’ll find out soon.
But Nueva Barcelona is about to experience a plague, and Alvin’s efforts to protect his friends by keeping them healthy will create more danger than he could ever have suspected.
And in saving the poor people of the city, Alvin will be put to the greatest test of his lifea test that will draw on all his power. For the time has come for him to turn to his old friend Tenskwa-Tawa, the Red Prophet who controls the lands to the west of the Mizzippy. Now Alvin must take the first steps on the lw to the Crystal City that was shown to him in a vision so long ago. Mass Market Paperbackpages.
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To ask other readers questions about The Crystal Cityplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 08, John rated it it was ok Shelves: The Alvin Maker alvln-maker is a marvelously clever, folk-magical alternate history of North America, in which the author creates a fit forum for the brilliant, preachy, clever, and morally neurotic characters that seem to be his specialty. I think his take on famous historical characters is often marvelous, as is his frequent twisting and borrowing of details from his Dristal tradition.
Despite alvin-makr general admiration, I must say that this is clearly the weakest of the series and not just because as The Alvin Maker series is a marvelously clever, folk-magical alternate history of North America, in which the lla creates a fit forum for the brilliant, preachy, clever, and morally neurotic characters that seem to be his specialty. Despite this general admiration, I must say that this is clearly the weakest of the series and not just because as a sequel it is a typically less passionate, less clever, less well crafted product than its predecessors.
I think there are at least a couple of other flaws which earn this a star rating compared to its 4 and 5 star siblings. He left huge gaps in his story, with major characters dropped and significant dramas unresolved.
This makes the disappointed reader feel like he missed a volume somehow. The characters take turns being the witty banterer, the clever rebutter, and the self-doubter. And when it is their turn on stage, they all tend to sound like the same person. And most of the time I buy into his rustic dialogue even though I think much of the crudity is gratuitous.
But all too frequently the sympathetic characters lapse into the same voice. I think that in small doses this kind of neurotic inner dialogue is OK, but when it goes on and on, and each character beats the same drum beat of his designated obsession, it gets trite and a bit boring. In this book Calvin is the best example. He is a bore. His well worn routine of accusation, and self-justification is not merely petty.
But Calvin is one dimensional. Instead of a cardboard demon, he has become a cardboard petty-miester. That may be a step up from most cliched villains, but it is a small step – in this book at least.
Crystal City is no exception. The heroes are trying to do right, and see aright, and the villains are full of self-justification and pettiness. But in this case I think characters both good and bad are much more shallow than we should expect of such a fine author. Because there is clearly an audience committed to re-entering the world of Alvin Maker, the author and publisher have less incentive to put out a quality product.
And sadly, though this story may have made for a quick write, and a fast buck, it contributed little to the novelty, passion or characterization of the series.
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Alas, such is the economy of the sequel. May 29, Werner rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of alternate-world fantasy. Throughout most of the preceding books of the series, Alvin’s ultimate goal has been to understand how he’s supposed to bring into being the “Crystal City” he saw in the vision he had as a child.
Here, the pieces of that puzzle will fall into place, bringing the series to a satisfying ending point, though not a tidy HEA to wrap everything up with a neat bow –in this world and in our real one!
One of my Goodreads friends who r Throughout most of the preceding books of the series, Alvin’s ultimate goal has been to understand how he’s supposed to bring into being the “Crystal City” he saw in the vision he had as a child.
One of my Goodreads friends who reviewed this series, rather worn out by its 6-volume length, was pleased that this book seemed to be consciously shortened, as if the author were deliberately trying to bring the saga to an end with minimum delay. I had the same perception in places, but I didn’t view it as a plus; I wasn’t as bothered by the length of the series as a whole, because I thought the detailed world-building and the interrelationships of the characters added depth and texture to the story as a whole.
Some of that was sacrificed here, I felt. For instance, the trip to Nueva Barcelona isn’t described directly, even though it produced some incidents with real significance to the plot; these are referred to retrospectively, but I’d have preferred to have the book begin there. Card’s Mexico –still Aztec-ruled; in this world, the Aztecs called “Mexica” here succeeded in overthrowing and driving out the Spaniards, and continue, in the s, to practice large-scale human sacrifice– is one of this series’ most intriguing settings, but he doesn’t develop it as much as he could have.
And plotlines such as the relationship between Verily and Purity could have been l explored much more. That accounted for the rating of four stars alvim-maker, rather than five. Nevertheless, the book was still both enjoyable and profound. The plot took on an epic cast; Card’s writing remains lyrical in places, and humorous in others my wife not infrequently laughed out loud over it ; and his moral and psychological insight doesn’t falter.
His characterizations continue to be marvelous: Texan history buffs, and Alamo enthusiasts, may not like the portrayals of Stephen Austin and Jim Bowie.
And the message is ultimately a good one, and thoroughly relevant to real life –like Alvin and Measure, all of us are called to “love the Ciufad to spend our lives using what we’ve been given, what we are and what we have, to build up lavin-maker create something good that makes the world better, instead of tearing down and destroying.
That message is certainly compatible with a theistic, religious view of the universe, but it’s cast in essentially nonsectarian, secular terms. This could be said of the series as a whole. In this book, the rescue of the slaves and the downtrodden from Nueva Barcelona, their wilderness wanderings, and their crossing of the Mizzippy Mississippi parallels events in the history of ancient Israel also escaped slaves.
But though La Tia says “we the book of Exodus, us,” Alvin doesn’t claim any Divine mandate and doesn’t bring any religious message. He believes in God, and characters give thanks to God at some points; but any participation by God in the narrative is veiled behind secondary causes, implicit rather than explicit, and without any direct revelation. The name ultimately picked for the main building in Alvin’s city is the Tabernacle; but it’s not a place of worship or preaching, and he explicitly says it isn’t intended as a church.
It’s made of crystal the surfaces of which will show visions; and two of the characters invest it with a religious significance “instead of you go and a priest pretend to be God, we go inside and find out cciudad he live in our heart!
In the Bible, the tabernacle was ciudac place where only the priest would go But our tabernacle, everybody’s the priest, everybody can go inside, man and woman, to see what they see and hear what they hear”.
But the contents of the visions described are of a practical, not theological, character; and even the quotations above which Alvin himself doesn’t make, or endorsewhile they certainly express a kind of theological viewpoint, certainly don’t express one that’s recognizably Mormon –indeed, it sounds much more characteristic of Low-church Protestant evangelicalism than of hierarchical, clergy- dominated Mormonism.
Also, the dates and biographical details of Alvin’s life bear no similarities to Joseph Smith’s beyond sharing the last name Smith, and the location of the Crystal City in what would be, in our world, Illinois, where Nauvoo was built ; the social and demographic makeup of Alvin’s following alvin-makwr nothing like Joseph Smith’s, and as noted in reviews of earlier books in the series, the social messages here have no similarity to those of 19th-century Mormonism; and there is a total absence in Alvin’s teaching of any attempt to found a religious movement, or to proclaim any Mormon doctrines readers will look in vain for any suggestion of plurality of gods, polygamy, long-buried ancient scriptures, etc.
But replacing him isn’t at all the same as duplicating him; and I think the above facts establish that this series is not, per se, about Mormonism, nor is it veiled Mormon propaganda as such. View all 4 comments.
Feb 09, Robin rated alvin-mqker really liked it Shelves: Like this whole series, it has continuity issues, which Card treats cavalierly in the acknowledgments. The central story itself is more compelling, though I found it frustrating that it picked up so long after the previous book without allowing us to see the culmination of storylines Card left hanging that I as a reader had invested in.
Having Alvin only with Arthur Stuart through most of the novel and other core characters appearing so late and some minimally is also frustrating. The analogy of Like this whole series, it has continuity issues, which Card treats ls in the acknowledgments.
The Crystal City
The analogy of the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt was well done for the most part, and Alvin’s ongoing struggle to slvin-maker his destiny as a Maker is very human. The series continues to have a lot to recommend it, and Card’s alternate history for many famous historical figures is also interesting. I still do not quite understand the relationship between Alvin and Margaret, and can’t figure out why. Most of Alvin’s other close relationships cristak so well articulated.
We have to be told they love each other because it is hard to see it in action. Jan 05, Memesmith rated it it was amazing.
Great conclusion to the series. I don’t recall which book it was, but it was said of Alvin’s brother: He was the life of the party, unless being so would show someone else to be a buffoon in which case, he would remain silent rather than embarrass them.
So people stopped inviting buffoons to the parties they invited dd to.