Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Book Review - The Ship That Flew

The Ship That Flew by Hilda Lewis
Published by: Criterion Books
Publication Date: 1939
Format: Hardcover, 180 Pages
To Buy (different edition than one reviewed)

My mom was rather notorious for her dislike of pottery. I was never able to really figure out where this came from other than she gave me a vague feeling that the potters she'd interacted with when she was in art school made her dislike all potters. This is extra ironic because the two known pieces of my mom's pottery extant when I was a child where rather good. There was a coil pot that was rather muppety that eventually suffered a breakage and a viking ship. When I was little I adored that viking ship. Screw when I was little, I STILL adore that viking ship. The detail, the heft, I wanted my mother to make an entire fleet, but sadly there was only the one. One day when I was looking around the house for books to read for school, I went to a Catholic school that took a very punitive track when it came to homework, besides the eight hours of homework a night you had to read two additional books a month to write book reports on, there was The Ship That Flew on my mom's prized bookshelf. I took it down and loved the historical adventures our heroes and heroines take on a viking ship. I instantly made the connection to my mom's creation and asked her if this is why she made it. I needn't have asked, of course it was. As I myself have done all my life she also loved to make things from books become real. Now if only her pottery ship flew in time and space...


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