Book: The Hopeteller by Charles E. Yallowitzcategories: Book, Fantasy, Hope, Survival, Humanity, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalypse, Fables, Storytellers, Stories, Magic, Mankind, Fairy Tales
Charles E. Yallowitzabout this book: A young man becomes a symbol of hope amid the backdrop of humanity's struggle to survive. Forced out of the cities by the 'Invaders', the colonies of mankind live off whatever they find in the wilderness. It is during a hunt that this teenager makes up a fairy tale to keep an injured man calm as they wait for help. As word spread of the incident, the young man is given the title of Hopeteller. Now he must use his stories to keep the colony's hope alive even though he doubts that words can do more than make noise.
Written in two styles, this novella combines post-apocalyptic journal entries with traditional-style fairy tales. Through the journal sections, the reader is shown the world and mindset of the Hopeteller. You get the sense that he enjoys what he does even if has no idea why people take so much from his stories. Every obstacle pushes the young man, but it isn't always forward as he considers quitting several times. Yet the Hopeteller continues on until he reaches a goal that he never knew he wanted.
The seven fairy tales found within this novella carry morals that relate to their associated journal entries. Ranging from a hungry dog seeking food in winter to two brothers traveling a path of bridges, these stories read like traditional fairy tales with a moral to be learned. The reader gets more insight into the Hopeteller from these sections because they show what he thinks about the real world and how they can be fixed.
Check out this fun novella where the final struggles of humanity are mixed with a collection of fairy tales.
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