This is such an interesting, thought provoking book. Spufford discusses language and stories in terms of Piaget and Bettelheim as well as through his own memories. He has clearly done thorough research for this book, but just as clearly failed to be wooed to one school of thought or another. Every discussion, not matter how theoretical or intellectual, is brought at one point or another to a very real personal level for the author himself. This means that we hear what Spufford himself felt on reading “Bluebeard” as well as how Bettelheim read it. The result is a fascinating tour of the world of child psychology and fiction with a deeply personal twist.
I’m totally envious of Spufford’s experience looking for Piglet in the woods as a child! I hope that I can provide my children with magical experiences like that!