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Skurzynski, Gloria.
SPIDER'S VOICE
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999.
IL YA
ISBN 0689821492
Spiderís Voice is based on the true story of 12th century lovers Abelard and Heloise.  Visitors to Paris even today place flowers at their tombs.  In the 12th century it was felt that scholars should be celibate so Abelard was flaunting tradition in his affair with Heloise ­ even more so when he married her.  Spider is the authorís invention but he's very much real in this book.  Born a peasant, Aran is a mute.  His father despises him for being imperfect.  Aranís mother loves him, but dies while Aran is still young.  When Aran and his older brother, Eustace, travel to Paris to sell the yarn Aran has spun, Eustace gets drunk and is robbed of all the money. Not wanting to go home empty-handed, he sells Aran to a collector of freaks.   His fate is to be turned into a human spider.  Aranís body is encased in a metal carapace from his shoulders to his hips.   The idea is to force all his growth into his arms and legs.  Fortunately for Aran, he is rescued by Abelard who takes Aran as his servant and frees him from the carapace. Knowing what the carapace was meant to be and unable to determine Aranís name because Aran cannot speak not write, Abelard calls him Spider.  This is only the beginning of Spiderís life with Abelard and the bizarre circumstances that lead to the tragedy of the great love between Abelard and Eloise.  Travel back to the 12th century and learn the secret of Spiderís Voice.  (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX marwood45@hotmail.com)
SUBJECTS:     Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142 -- Fiction.
                        Heloise, 1101-1164 -- Fiction.
                        France -- History -- Medieval period, 987-1515 --Fiction.
                        Mute persons -- Fiction.
                        Physically handicapped -- Fiction.

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