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[[ Read E-pub ]] Á The Magicians of Caprona ⚷ Tonino is the only person in the famous Montana household who wasn t born with an instinct for creating spells, but he has other gifts His ability to communicate with cats just might help defend the city of Caprona against a mysterious enchanter but only if Tonino can learn to cooperate with a girl from the hated Petrocchi family of spell makers 2020 re read Again, everything I ve said in my other re read reviews applies Something that struck me this time round this novel seems to contain one of the few examples of effective parenting and nurturing families in DWJ s books two families, in this case Which brings us to the disfunction that is very present the two families behave appallingly with each other and in doing so, create deep bigotry in their children, as well as threaten the wellbeing of their city However, within those 2020 re read Again, everything I ve said in my other re read reviews applies Something that struck me this time round this novel seems to contain one of the few examples of effective parenting and nurturing families in DWJ s books two families, in this case Which brings us to the disfunction that is very present the two families behave appallingly with each other and in doing so, create deep bigotry in their children, as well as threaten the wellbeing of their city However, within those families themselves, there is love, laughter, community, and everything else good that most of the parents and families in DWJ s novels lack It struck me as interesting that these are not British families, but Italian perhaps it was harder for DWJ to imagine a nurturing British family In any case, it did strike me strongly this time that these two families, while far from perfect, are able to provide the kind of positive environment apart from the horrific bigotry between the two families, of course that is shockingly and deliberately absent in most of her books another splendid entry in the Chrestomanci cycle this wonderful little series about multiple dimensions, magic, and the trans dimensional authority on magic known as the Chrestomanci has been a real light in my life whenever i open up a new book what a lovely and pleasing breath of fresh air.The Magicians of Caprona takes place in an alternate dimension in which magic is openly practiced and where the various city states of Italy never united Caprona is a fairly powerful city that appears t another splendid entry in the Chrestomanci cycle this wonderful little series about multiple dimensions, magic, and the trans dimensional authority on magic known as the Chrestomanci has been a real light in my life whenever i open up a new book what a lovely and pleasing breath of fresh air.The Magicians of Caprona takes place in an alternate dimension in which magic is openly practiced and where the various city states of Italy never united Caprona is a fairly powerful city that appears to be on the decline, for obscure and possibly sinister and magical reasons perhaps the city s archnemesis The White Devil is to blame perhaps the long, long rivalry between the two major magical houses of Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi is only making matters worse we see this absorbing little world through the eyes of two of the youngest of the Montanas, Tonino and Paolo the two boys manage to be entirely charming without being even slighly cloying there is not of whiff of preciousness to be found in the novel although Magicians of Caprona is a part of a series, it is completely standalone its subject matter and scene change from England to Italy set it quite apart from prior entries i ve read Chrestomanci himself only appears in an extended and rather bland cameo which makes sense because Chrestomanci himself has been portrayed as a nice and rather bland man who prefers not to be at the center of things.so the novel features a Romeo and Juliet ish love affair, formidable cats that are key members of their respective casas, griffins coming alive sorta , a magical street battle between the houses, a shifty Duchess, a childlike Duke, lots of loud Italian style i suppose communication and combativeness and warmth, children being shrunk to the size of puppets, and war on the horizon it is pretty jam packed with incident but the novel feels pleasantly small and personal child sized it has the necessary life lessons of a children s novel in this case, the key lesson being do not judge or demonize others because they are probably just like you Diana Wynne Jones cleverly literalizes this by presenting parallels to each of the major characters in Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi and then there was a lesson that came out of the blue for me, that really took me aback early in the novel i was struck by the bloodthirstiness of the Punch Judy show that Tonino witnessed featuring Punch beating his child and then his wife Judy to death as a crowd roars with laughter at the zany puppet shenanigans i wondered what the purpose was and why that dark bit had to be included well a bit of a spoiler here i stopped wondering after a couple of the characters are transformed into Punch Judy puppets and are forced to enact the same scene i really appreciated the clear and almost undramatic way that the author set that up, made a very hard point, and then let it go and moved on i did not expect such a tough lesson to be featured in such an amiable book good job, author and great book EDIT Of all the reviews I ve done this is the least liked There are even books I have gotlikes for rating than I got for reviewing this one This is the second Chrestomanci book I ve read to my daughter Celyn there seems to be some confusion about the order of the books, but they appear to be self contained and the order is perhaps unimportant.It s a good book, not a great book It s the first of the 5 DWJ s books I ve read to Celyn not to get a 4 or 5.It retains many of the excellen EDIT Of all the reviews I ve done this is the least liked There are even books I have gotlikes for rating than I got for reviewing this one This is the second Chrestomanci book I ve read to my daughter Celyn there seems to be some confusion about the order of the books, but they appear to be self contained and the order is perhaps unimportant.It s a good book, not a great book It s the first of the 5 DWJ s books I ve read to Celyn not to get a 4 or 5.It retains many of the excellent things I ve come to expect from Diana Wynne Jones imagination, quality writing, a lively sense of humour.It loses other of the excellent things I ve come to expect from DWJ The book gives us a huge Italian family feuding with another huge Italian family and there are just way too many characters to allow the story to settle The dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters bustle into almost every scene and dilute the connect we re trying to forge with the main character s And that s another dilution factor we bounce around headsthan in other books with less clear delineation The hero is Tonio not to be confused with father Antonio but we also look out of his brother Paolo s eyes and this seems to serve little purpose much of the time.So the weaknesses for me were focus and character.The spells are fun, the spell singing interesting, the role of the families in the city imaginative.The later scenes are exciting and there s a baddie to rail against, a twist that slowly unravels It s a good book Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes This was the first book by DWJ that I ever read I stumbled on it by accident in the library when I was a kid, and it was the kind of book I would stay up all night reading and then feel sad when I got to the last page I still read like that sometimes, but it s pretty rare to find books I can be that excited about.Really, instead of going on and on about this writer, I will say that these are the books JK Rowling WISHES she could have written well, I m sure she s quite fine with things as th This was the first book by DWJ that I ever read I stumbled on it by accident in the library when I was a kid, and it was the kind of book I would stay up all night reading and then feel sad when I got to the last page I still read like that sometimes, but it s pretty rare to find books I can be that excited about.Really, instead of going on and on about this writer, I will say that these are the books JK Rowling WISHES she could have written well, I m sure she s quite fine with things as they are, but I have to admit that I feel personally insulted by the fact that Harry Potter a johnny come lately collection of hackneyed fantasy tropes and one dimensional characters cobbled together with cheap plot twists and a transparent Christ appropriation is the series that gets all the glory when Jones s books are wittier,original,plausible in their internal logic, and vastlyinteresting I m ducking to avoid the rotten eggs and vegetables being launched my way, but I refuse to yield on this point