“An engrossing yarn that embeds an off-kilter perspective on history in rich language and storytelling.” That comment by Kirkus Reviews has me wondering today about “an off-kilter perspective”. One take on the phrase might be that the genius of creativity lies in the artist’s ability to conceive of the world and the history of the world in ways that the critic, the reader and the appreciator of the art did not. The Kirkus reviewer was quite correct that The Canterbury Tales in Neverland re-imagines and projects into the future a Renaissance struggle between the rational and superstitious. An additional idea which might enhance another reading is that that projected struggle is contemporary social criticism in a vein stretching from Voltaire to Vonnegut and oh so very far beyond.
I wanted to write a classic regular folks would actually read. I wanted to write an adventure academics would find resonant with meaning. You tell me how well I did.