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Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
Catherine, Called Birdy

sc123, April 6, 2007

The book Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman, was a book that I did not care for. The book takes place in the middle ages, and at the time it was custom for the father to arrange a marriage for his daughter. Catherine is a unique woman for this time period and has an opinion that is strong no matter what; fixed with a stubborn, not-so open mind about marriage. Over time, she finds peace with knowing that she can be herself with some restriction, but in a more mature practical manner. This growing up, makes her and the people around her appreciate the time they spend together.
First off, this book is written all in journal entries. As a reader, I don’t like hearing only one person’s views or feelings on things. Seeing a variety of characters, and opinions, something faster paced, is what readers might prefer. Furthermore this book only takes place on the castle grounds, which I find very boring, there aren’t any exciting page-turner events that occur elsewhere. The last thing is that it takes place in the Dark Ages. I don’t like books that take place in a very depressing, dark and gloomy time. Things in this time frame weren’t as enchanting as say... The Renaissance. Although there is so much history in this book, it was a little hard to view it all because it was in such a compact manner. It was therefore a little harder to read.
Although I did not like this book, it was historically accurate. The daily life seemed very realistic, while taking place in a usual dark and miserable castle. Catherine and her family dined on things such as pheasants, and peacocks and crows that were often eaten in that time. Their clothing also matched what real Lords and Ladies would wear. They particularly liked bright colors and a lot of fur, and luxurious items. The family had the same amount of power over surfs and peasants, having them work in the fields to grow crops as people did in those days too.
Overall, the book, Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman, was a book that I didn’t like. Even though on Spring Break it was not my favorite thing to read, I still learned many historical events that actually would have happened back in the Middle Ages, that now have helped me further understand what that time was really like.


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