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The Tricksters ePUB Ú Paperback

The Tricksters ❰Read❯ ➮ The Tricksters Author Margaret Mahy – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk When three fascinating but sinister brothers mysteriously appear at her family s beach house, Harry feels as if she summoned them herself Are the Tricksters her own creation Or are they aspects of Ted When three fascinating but sinister brothers mysteriously appear at her family s beach house, Harry feels as if she summoned them herself Are The Tricksters her own creation Or are they aspects of Teddy Carnival, a boy who drowned there years before.


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  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    1 recently I went on vacation with a guy who is one of my very best friends was a best man at his wedding and his charming wife one intense evening he let me know that he thinks I m a real asshole condescending, mean spirited, always trying to be clever at the expense of my friends feelings and that most of our mutual friends felt the same way I was someone people had to deal with 2 last week saw one of my staff moving on to another program she had a tear filled meeting with me 1 recently I went on vacation with a guy who is one of my very best friends was a best man at his wedding and his charming wife one intense evening he let me know that he thinks I m a real asshole condescending, mean spirited, always trying to be clever at the expense of my friends feelings and that most of our mutual friends felt the same way I was someone people had to deal with 2 last week saw one of my staff moving on to another program she had a tear filled meeting with me where she talked about how much she valued my emotional support during some hard times in her life and how much she was going to miss my kindness later that night, I had a long conversation with my mom and she ended the call by saying how I was the only person she felt comfortable talking with about spirituality, God, and acceptance 3 last weekend I had an awesome date I introduced her to this secret bar in Japantown and I got rambunctious and talked too loud later on in the street I got into a physical altercation with some drunk jerk, defending her honor as a trans woman jerk got shoved, then tripped fell into a gutter, haha we ended the evening having a wild time back at my place later she texted me and said that I was probably too crazy for her, but we could keep it casual and see each other in a couple weeks, maybe.it s funny to think on the different sides we all have and the different sides other people see and yet all those sides are one person we hold many selves.SOME SPOILERS AHEAD maybe this wonderful novel knows the idea of many selves is true, even as we may try to ignore that truth it divides its so called Trickster into three selves mind, heart, body the Mind is clever, entertaining, manipulative, cruel the Heart is the best self yet sometimes the weakest he shows his face the least, bullied into a corner by his brothers and the Body has a kind of charisma, sure, but is also basically an animal, or a human who gets off on animalistic things one of the many smart things that Margaret Mahy does is have the boy who is the Heart look identical to the boy who is the Body I think we all know that sometimes we mix those two things up the Mind looks nothing like them and is clearly top dog or at least he thinks he is this is one of those coming of age tales that has a prickly endearing protagonist who is both isolated and creative, an outsider looking in, sardonic perspective and all it adds unsettling moments of dark fantasy and horror to its everyday wonders and realities, its sweet and its bitter for a person like me and probably a person like you, because you re a reader too middle daughter Harry was frustrating and also instantly recognizable, relatable, lovable she lives in her books and her writing and her fantasy version of a world, one that is all her own she is surrounded by family and yet feels alone, not recognized, put in a box not an outcast, just different and so she summons this Trickster, this ghost split into three parts she summons him them unwillingly and unwittingly, in a way that defies logic but with a result that also makes perfect sense of course she summons an angry sad, lonely, misunderstood boy and of course that boy is misunderstood because he is composed of different parts, different selves people see the wrong sides of him, and of her too she s misunderstood he s misunderstood we re all misunderstood The Tricksters makes it clear that all of us are many things and all of us will never be fully understood it makes that lack of understanding sad, even tragic and it makes it okay it s what happens to you and me and everyone and it also makes it clear that, in the end, our best self, our Heart, is the self that counts it s the one that should win and in this case, it does the heart of the novel The Tricksters is a hopeful one, and full of love.the book is perfect a new favorite


  2. Liviania Liviania says:

    The recent popularity of THE CHANGEOVER can probably be linked to Sarah Rees Brennan s wicked funny review and Justine Larbalestier s equally enthusiastic review I m pleased as punched that people are reading about Laura Chant and Sonny Carlisle, because they are an amazing couple But Margaret Mahy has written tons of books While some of them don t work for me, THE TRICKSTERS may be even better than THE CHANGEOVER.That s right I like THE TRICKSTERS better.How much do I like THE TRICKSTERS I The recent popularity of THE CHANGEOVER can probably be linked to Sarah Rees Brennan s wicked funny review and Justine Larbalestier s equally enthusiastic review I m pleased as punched that people are reading about Laura Chant and Sonny Carlisle, because they are an amazing couple But Margaret Mahy has written tons of books While some of them don t work for me, THE TRICKSTERS may be even better than THE CHANGEOVER.That s right I like THE TRICKSTERS better.How much do I like THE TRICKSTERS I once owned four copies One for me, three to constantly loan out I think I m down to one loaner copy Before I owned these copies, I lent mine to a friend who lived five hours away because it was that important that other people read it I wrote an essay on it This essay was for admission to the academic program I m now in The subject can be whittled down to Why Reading THE TRICKSTERS Is Just as Important as Reading Plato No, really.Harry, real name Ariadne, is the seventeen year old bookish, quiet daughter lost in a large family Most of her excitement comes from secretly writing a torrid romance One day on holiday, she jokingly marries the sea to entertain herself and her brother The next day, three mysterious brothers show up at the house, using names that clearly came from the bookshelf Ovid, Hadfield, and Felix Notably, they all look like characters from her story Also, the three men may all be the ghost of the same person, Teddy Carnival the mysteriously dead son of the original owner of the vacation home.As Harry and Felix fall in love, Harry begins to realize her own power I can seem beautiful, she tells someone who dares to threaten her Felix gains power from their love as well and neither of his brothers want that to happen.THE TRICKSTERS is sexy Harry and Felix only have implied sex, but a book doesn t need an explicit scene to be sexy Margaret Mahy knows that, and this coming of age tale is all about human sexuality without ever being crass.Mahy also pulls off a Megan Whalen Turner worthy twist when it comes to the family saga side of things She hides secrets so well that you don t even know you should be looking for them until they re revealed This makes subsequent readings richer, as you realize how Mahy shaped the novel, dropping numerous hints while using Harry s narration to direct your attention elsewhere.Best of all, Mahy trusts her reader s intelligence THE TRICKSTERS is sometimes confusing, as Mahy rarely explains exactly what s going on You have to put it together yourself Often, you have to make your own decision about what happened Her writing is heavy on character and atmosphere, which keeps things moving smoothly even at the parts when you know you don t understand everything yet Mahy s best works are rich and decadent feasts The themes and action of THE TRICKSTERS demand your attention, and if you give it you will be rewarded.If you re looking for a sexy and intelligent coming of age story cum family saga, look no farther than THE TRICKSTERS If that s not what you re looking for, you should read it anyway


  3. Bridget Bridget says:

    I wish I had read this book when I was 16 and completely obsessed with Margaret Mahy s The Changeover I really liked the book but I would have obsessively loved it back then.The only reason I can figure that she isn t immensely popular in the US is that she writes complicated novels about teenagers that don t talk down to the reader and has interesting, engaging dialogue Maybe it s the fact that her teen characters have sex, unapologetic and usually off page but sex nonetheless that doesn t re I wish I had read this book when I was 16 and completely obsessed with Margaret Mahy s The Changeover I really liked the book but I would have obsessively loved it back then.The only reason I can figure that she isn t immensely popular in the US is that she writes complicated novels about teenagers that don t talk down to the reader and has interesting, engaging dialogue Maybe it s the fact that her teen characters have sex, unapologetic and usually off page but sex nonetheless that doesn t result in terrible consequences But specifically. this book isplot complicated than her other two books I read and loved I plan to read it again in the future and appreciate Mahy s gift for writing nuanced family portraits some


  4. Mariel Mariel says:

    Margaret Mahy s The Tricksters was part of my little golden age of reading in 2009 Those fantasy stories that are exciting possibility, yet intimately personal, and bittersweet In a word, my favorite kind of story I won the lottery and read quite a few instant favorites that year They made me wantandbooks to savor as much If only these hidden gems from the past fell into my lap every day I m so nostalgic for the summer of 2009 I d drive to the beach whenever possible and rea Margaret Mahy s The Tricksters was part of my little golden age of reading in 2009 Those fantasy stories that are exciting possibility, yet intimately personal, and bittersweet In a word, my favorite kind of story I won the lottery and read quite a few instant favorites that year They made me wantandbooks to savor as much If only these hidden gems from the past fell into my lap every day I m so nostalgic for the summer of 2009 I d drive to the beach whenever possible and read and listen to my ipod The best days I ve had in recent memory My twin read The Tricksters later and sighs nostalgically for her own read When she has a bad day she ll say I was it was the day I was reading The Tricksters She d better not ever say that I don t share my goodies Harry short for Ariadne has her very own The Purple Rose of Cairo one of my favorite Woody Allen films from a long list of favorite Woody Allen films moment when three characters from her purple y romance novel written in secret because big sis is a bitch and would love any chance to destroy her sister s fun mysteriously appear on the beach to threaten their stability I loved this scene Mahy s descriptions evoke the doom in the best shivering thrill feelings The sinister romance gone bad, and as Harry realizes what was once fun to her is scary and even embarrassing not that I ll ever forgive her sister for making fun of it It was still loads of fun for me The family are on vacation for Christmas in New Zealand I m Floridian so it wasn t that weird for me to read about a hot weather Christmas I ve only seen snow once Some of the foods were interesting, though like the sour plums Harry doesn t know it yet, but it s like a last ditch effort to save the marriage of her parents Her father is the kind of guy who has always had it too easy because he s good looking and charming The mom clearly places a lot of stock in that, too, because eldest daughter Cristabel is as spoiled as they come I hated Cristabel so did my twin In our family, our blonde big sis was the one who ruled the roost Our mom let the older two tie us up to trees and we d stay there because she didn t believe in getting involved The secrets make the family easy prey for the three Carnival brothers tricks They are interested in watching them unravel Back to Cristabel for a moment she was a huge part of their family s problem, and that the parents just let her do whatever she wants She s allowed to terrorize the two little kids Yeah, I know it s obvious where my sympathies were Not to mention the sadistic bullying of Harry If her boyfriends enjoy being led about on a string to suit her ego, that s their problem But the parents should ve known better I love the way that Mahy writes about families in all of her books some of the best I ve ever read, in fact It makes sense how they get to that point The alliances within, and the cracks that could ultimately break them apart Nobody is exactly a villain, except I felt so inside the story that it was impossible to see them as strangers and not take sides.Another sad family story happened in their vacation home The Tricksters is a ghost story in the biblical and philosophical senses I ve long felt that if ghosts are real they d be created out of extreme emotional pain It was cool to read this book from the 80s that feels the same I should say that this story does not feel dated Harry s conflicts, and that of her family s, converging with what happened a long time ago that has not ever been laid to rest Harry s coming into her own is tied in with that letting go.I loved Harry coming into her own out of the shadow of what her family thought of her she didn t realize that her youngest sister did not see her as the rest of them did because she was too busy being hurt I loved the rush and trauma of first love, and that no matter what the relationships with boyfriends and family, we re not broken pieces off another whole


  5. Lissa Notreallywolf Lissa Notreallywolf says:

    It s hard not to give Mahy books all the stars possible because she is a great writer I am reminded of Neil Gaiman because of shared themes, ghosts and houses that reconfigure themselves, lets add Charles De Lint for the teen themes and the supernatural But really I think Mahy is greater than those she reminds me of, because I suspect she predated all of them I ll have to do some investigation on that assertion.But about this book 3 4th of the way through it I was sure I had to read it again It s hard not to give Mahy books all the stars possible because she is a great writer I am reminded of Neil Gaiman because of shared themes, ghosts and houses that reconfigure themselves, lets add Charles De Lint for the teen themes and the supernatural But really I think Mahy is greater than those she reminds me of, because I suspect she predated all of them I ll have to do some investigation on that assertion.But about this book 3 4th of the way through it I was sure I had to read it again, given what I learned in the course of reading it I was surprisedsurprised that when I was reading Pamela Dean or Elizabeth Hand, two other writers my mind ran to with regard and blowing a few kisses here and there This is another book by an author from down under I seem to be doing those these day as I revisited Keri Hulme recently This might rank as a Christmas book, if you can confront the idea of spending Christmas at the beach and enjoy how a culture uses a northern holiday with artificial Holly to serve up a beach meal with Christmas pudding as one of the courses The whole novel is about artifice, how the artist relates to people they love or not so much Do they love their characters or are they critical of their creations when the integrity of their art is challenged What about family dynamics is being mysterious as alluring as being self consciously beautiful Young and appealing Asthmatic and curious I need to reread this What a complicated and touching book


  6. Risa Risa says:

    This was one of the strangest, most interesting and unexpected YA books I ve read The family dynamics recalled for me I Capture the Castle, though the story itself ischallenging and less charming The writing itself felt delightfully old fashioned, though also odd and deliberate in a way that generated its own specific kind of pleasure There were moments in this book that astonished me, and I can tell this is one I ll want to reread every couple of years Another reason to love Kristen C This was one of the strangest, most interesting and unexpected YA books I ve read The family dynamics recalled for me I Capture the Castle, though the story itself ischallenging and less charming The writing itself felt delightfully old fashioned, though also odd and deliberate in a way that generated its own specific kind of pleasure There were moments in this book that astonished me, and I can tell this is one I ll want to reread every couple of years Another reason to love Kristen Cashore for introducing me to this amazing book


  7. aleks aleks says:

    I ve never read anything like this, but I ve sort of always wanted to It s the perfect book for me, which seems like a stupid thing to say because even here, there were things I myself would do differently than Mahy did, and because there are books I ve lovedthan I love this one not many, but still But it is the perfect book for me, nonetheless It has my favorite kind of writing, most of all Not only lyrical, but interestingly so, everything creative, not simply beautiful, and unusua I ve never read anything like this, but I ve sort of always wanted to It s the perfect book for me, which seems like a stupid thing to say because even here, there were things I myself would do differently than Mahy did, and because there are books I ve lovedthan I love this one not many, but still But it is the perfect book for me, nonetheless It has my favorite kind of writing, most of all Not only lyrical, but interestingly so, everything creative, not simply beautiful, and unusual, new meanings given to things Few authors have made me highlight as many paragraphs as Margaret Mahy The whole family, except for Tibby, who was probably in bed asleep, was sitting around the Christmas tree Harry had the curious feeling that its arms were upheld, not in benediction or peace, but in a sudden start of horror Its lights had become lights of warning Maybe it s not a coincidence that lately I ve been enjoying these books published in the late 20th century There s something wonderful in reading stories that seem to focus not on saying something but on telling, if that makes sense And it s nice that they re kind of forgotten, and I get to love them without everyone on goodreads loving them, too Maybe it s greedy, but it does feels great


  8. Melissa McShane Melissa McShane says:

    Margaret Mahy is a master of poetic prose her books simply flow with imagery to the point that the plot comes second, in places, to the brilliance of her language And I think that s a good thing The plot of this book, which is both a family drama and one of theunusual ghost stories I ve ever read, isthan capable of holding its own Harry, the ignored and occasionally abandoned middle child, lives a rich fantasy life without embodying any of the stereotypes of the intelligent but o Margaret Mahy is a master of poetic prose her books simply flow with imagery to the point that the plot comes second, in places, to the brilliance of her language And I think that s a good thing The plot of this book, which is both a family drama and one of theunusual ghost stories I ve ever read, isthan capable of holding its own Harry, the ignored and occasionally abandoned middle child, lives a rich fantasy life without embodying any of the stereotypes of the intelligent but odd looking writerly teenage girl When teased by the mysterious Felix, for example, who takes her glasses, she retorts mockingly that of course he s now revealed her true beauty since everyone knows that all it takes to turn an ugly duckling into a swan is to give her a haircut and contact lenses There s rarely a sense that Harry obsesses about her looks or feels inadequate for not being as beautiful as her vivacious but, frankly, totally bitchy older sister Christobel.Mahy s very good at unrolling the secret at the heart of the family drama The supernatural part of the plot comes close to magical realism, with the identities of the three tricksters shifting between sinister magicians of real power and merely creepy human guests who thrust themselves on Harry s family Mahy doesn t go into a lot of detail about the true nature of the visitors, but by the end there s total clarity about where they came from and who they have to become view spoiler I like to think that Felix is who Teddy Carnival was really supposed to be, if Teddy hadn t had Edward for a father, but Mahy takes thecomplicated route in which Ovid, Hadfield, and Felix are all facets of a single personality Imagine if they d been able to unite with Ovid in control, or Hadfield Would they still have found peace and disappeared, or become something truly nasty hide spoiler Having finished the book, I feel exactly as if I ve spent Christmas in New Zealand, seashore and all Kudos to Margaret Mahy for making that possible


  9. Sarah (thegirltheycalljones) Sarah (thegirltheycalljones) says:

    I always love coming back home for many obvious reasons, but another one is that I can meet up with my childhood library again All my favourite books are still there, thoigh not in the same place They re dispersed a little bit everywhere in the different parts of the house and tracking them down is a game in itself Oh, the joy, when stumbling across an old favourite That s what The Tricksters is Despite its horrible cover for once, the French one is much better, and a pure delicate deligh I always love coming back home for many obvious reasons, but another one is that I can meet up with my childhood library again All my favourite books are still there, thoigh not in the same place They re dispersed a little bit everywhere in the different parts of the house and tracking them down is a game in itself Oh, the joy, when stumbling across an old favourite That s what The Tricksters is Despite its horrible cover for once, the French one is much better, and a pure delicate delight this is one of the book that stayed with me since I first opened it, some 20 years ago.Far from me to patronize nowadays YA, but Margaret Mahy took YA writing to another level The quality, my friends It s sober and refined at the same time It doesn t think teenagers are stupid, or limited at the very best, and address to them like they should always be addressed with authenticity and a tiny bit of challenge without ever make them feel inferior Maybe I m being very unclear but it sor less what I thought about when turning the last page This is a family drama with an eerie dose if supernatural, that blends in smoothly with real life As I m laboriously writing this review from my phone, I m not gonna dive into the plot or the characters in details This book is direct but takes many turns, it s innocent without being so and it will take you far away, so far that when you ll look around you, the room will be the same, but different It s called The Tricksters after all


  10. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I made myself slow down and savour every word of this wonderful story Such an immersive piece of writing A once a year reread for me.


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