If you think it is a tale of imagination and fantasy-well, then it is true. If you think it is a story book for kids –well, you are right to some extent. But more than that, it is a story that has some deeper inner meanings. In the form of the story the writer has told about the whole human kind and our endless quest for the creatures to come from outside. He satirically told about the human nature-nature that does not allow us to step outside. Then some day something extraordinary does happen- and we get the gift of our lifetime.
From this perspective-The gift of the Quoxxel by Richards Titus has much on offer as a surprise package for the reader-then just the storyline.
Here things are done in exactly the same way as had been done a thousand years ago. Here the wheels of the progress have suddenly forgotten to move on. Nothing changes here- nothing new comes here.
Welcome to the fascinating island of Nibb.
Where the king Norr signals the end of the working day with a cavemous yawn! Where the king imagines that change will come soon- but is he prepared for the same? When Yill comes in his kingdom, the scholars scratch their head to determine thinking day and night-getting perplexed- to determine what species it is? And the king-well ,he can only discuss what lies beyond his island with the Yill- who has traveled through many lands and seen many people.
“As annoying as it was, Yill was right. He was the only one with whom Norr could discuss his interest. He couldn’t speak to his wife about it. She refused to acknowledge it. His parents had always discouraged it. As Nibb’s Royal family, they maintained the traditional attitude that nothing of important lay beyond their shores. It was even considered an aberration to speak of such things,”
Nothing comes here –it is all the same in the land. The inventor-Hinkus has invented curioscilator-for watching the inward and outward movement from the island, but where is the movement? His endless quest continues, what he ends up doing is taking meals-and meals and then sleeping –and then resting!
The inventor comes with a marveling invention- Haddock that will make your sleep a perfect sleep. The satirical language of thee writer makes us laugh- and at the same time makes us think
“There won’t be any haddock with this” The scientist assured “It’s absolutely foolproof.”
‘Hmm” Norr suspected otherwise’ Are you saying I am the fool to prove it.”
Then came the change in the form of a Splash of shower, to the island. A little girl as a welcome relief to the land-much to the delight of the queen and the king- her singing was like the orchestra of life.
The king has a gift indeed- that was the most cherished, most sought after. What was the gift? Will his desire of change be fulfilled?
The story suddenly gets a new dimension from there-it is no longer a kid’s story. in the form of a fantasy adventure and sometimes in the form of a literary nonsense- it imposes deeper meanings to the life.
Suddenly we can feel that we are at the same boat with the king- we are all sharing the same thinking.
Three dimensional illustrations offer whole new imperatives to the flow of the story.
After finishing the review I looked up at the sky. The sky is cloudy. Perhaps the sign of a storm….
Storm is a messenger of change-is not it?
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