New York : Atheneum Books
for Young Readers, 1999.
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
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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