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Prentice Alvin de Orson Scott Card
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Prentice Alvin (original: 1989; edição: 1989)

de Orson Scott Card

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The saga of Alvin Maker, set in an alternative version of the American frontier country, continues, in a tale full of folklore and magic. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, else his destiny will be unfulfilled.… (mais)
Membro:Aloel
Título:Prentice Alvin
Autores:Orson Scott Card
Informação:New York, NY : T. Doherty Associates, 1989.
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On one hand, Prentice Alvin feels quite a lot like the previous two Alvin Maker stories. We have a continuation of the alternate timeline, this time dealing with how apprenticeships and slavery work in this world. We learn more about the town where Alvin was born, which we haven't seen in a while, including Peggy--the torch who has been keeping an eye on him this entire time.

On the other hand, it doesn't feel like the story went anywhere. Alvin learns a bit more about his powers, but it's mostly shades on what he's known before. He's still weirdly good at everything. On top of that, he spends seven years apprenticing as a blacksmith--even though he's better than his master by the time he's ~13 years old. Peggy runs off, comes back disguised as an old woman, and still doesn't interact terribly much with Alvin. In end end, we come back to the town where Alvin grew up. Almost a decade has passed, but what really has changed?

One of the new aspects this time around was a storyline centering around a slave owner who, inspired by the Unmaker, has decided that he must save all of the black people by turning them white--by way of impregnating the women and selling off the resulting 'part white' offspring. It's disturbing and I'm not really sure the plot gains enough from it. Having the Unmaker convince a preacher to try to murder Alvin? Sure. This? Eesh.

Random nit: Apparently Alvin can cross a river and essentially baptise someone in the water now? I thought the entire point was that water was the element of the Unmaker and would try to kill him at any opportunity?

Related to that: Sudden modern theories of atoms and DNA are sudden. Anatomy (in the form of Alvin's healing) made sense. Cut someone open and you can see everything that Alvin can see with his powers. This feels like Card went from just letting the magic be fuzzy and unspecified to wanting a basis for how the magic actually worked. It made some sense in the more philosophical parts of the Ender sequels (since those were set thousands of years in the future). Here, in alternate history hundreds of years ago, it just doesn't feel like it fits.

Side note: A living golden plow? That's... weird.

I think I'll go ahead and continue with Alvin Journeyman, although at this point I'm no longer entirely sure why... ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
manhood and story of Peggy
  ritaer | Jan 16, 2021 |
I'd not read the first in the series - started with this one. Its OK. ( )
  symcbean | Nov 28, 2020 |
Alvin's apprenticeship as a blacksmith, but it is also his apprenticeship as a Maker. Very good story, but a little to graphic right at the beginning. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Card is an extremely good writer, and his books are always a pleasure to read, but at times I did feel that the stories here occasionally suffered for being too allegorical, and too much about Card's ideas of morality.

With the 3rd book in this series, 'Prentice Alvin' the focus shifts to an anti-slavery topic. (The second dealt more with the treatment of Native Americans by colonists). Here, we meet Arthur Stuart, an orphaned black slave whose mother dies magically getting him to freedom. Slave hunters come seeking the boy, and Alvin must use his 'knack' to help him escape. Also, a new school teacher arrives in town, disguised, because she is the future-seeing 'torch' who saved Alvin's life when he was born, and is afraid of the destinies she sees for herself with him. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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For all my good teachers, especially:

Fran Schroeder,
fourth grade, Millikin Elementary, Santa Clara, California,
for whom I wrote my first poems.

Ida Huber,
tenth-grade English, Mesa High School, Arizona,
who believed in my future more than I did.

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The saga of Alvin Maker, set in an alternative version of the American frontier country, continues, in a tale full of folklore and magic. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, else his destiny will be unfulfilled.

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