By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil conflict looms in oz., Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his lifestyles to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's direction from infancy within the nice Gillikan wooded area isn't any Yellow Brick highway. looking to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence by way of agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of oz..
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a breathtaking glimpse of a global long past shrill with battle fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and gear that experience made his books modern classics.
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It wasn舗t that, if awake, this lot would plague her much. They knew better. But she enjoyed the privacy. To the veteran of prison, solitude can offer few unsavory surprises. She removed her shawl and hung it on a branch, and with steps that whispered in the pine needles, she approached the water. A small cove of Restwater, Oz舗s inland sea, made an intimate bathing chamber. Once out of sight of her sleeping companions舒out of sight should they awaken, that is舒she unfastened the clasps of her tunic and lifted it over her shoulders.
Jemmsy, is it? Jemmsy, I can舗t have anything to do with soldiers! Soldiers and their campaigns, Jemmsy. 舡 舠Don舗t kid yourself,舡 said Jemmsy. 舡 舠If I舗m not mistaken, Jemmsy, you were among that troop a few nights ago, Jemmsy, boasting about bagging pussy and all that? 舡 舠You totally don舗t get it. But this is my punishment? 舡 It was at this remark that Brrr first surmised that not all Lions could speak. 舠You舗re raving, perhaps from starvation,舡 said Brrr. 舡 He lit out in the direction of Tenniken, in the direction that the fallen man suggested, and when he came across a slope of ripe strawberries he picked several quarts with his mouth and brought them back, delivering them one by one with a roll of his tongue.
We find what seems to have been the lucky break or the big mistake, and so we thank our lucky stars that we took the road less traveled or curse the fates that sent that little wavelet that flipped us on our backs. With hindsight, we seem to see that everything preceding the pivotal point was leading up to it, tending toward it, and that everything following it grew from it. To any observer outside the lucky one himself, however, luck is simply chance. Chance is neutral. 舒Eric Kraft, 舠I Consider My Luck,舡 from Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales Contents Map Epigraph Significant Families of Oz A Brief Outline of the Throne Ministers of Oz Deposition of an Oracle Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 The Nursery in the Forest Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 No Good Old Days to Speak Of Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 A Coward for His Country Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 A Question of Influence Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 The Past Approaches Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 The Shroud of the Cowardly Lion Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Acknowledgments About the Author Also by Gregory Maguire Credits Copyright About the Publisher SIGNIFICANT FAMILIES OF OZ The House of Ozma The Thropps of Munchkinland The Uplands of Gillikin The Tigelaars, Arjiki chieftains of the Vinkus A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE THRONE MINISTERS OF OZ Augmented with notes about selected incidents of interest to students of modern history THE OZMA YEARS The matrilineal House of Ozma established.