Parallel worlds, magical mirrors and doppelgängers of one sort or another are among the recurring motifs in these four highly stylized stories [in ] from English author Dickinson ( ; ). Mystical forces unleashed during a moonlit visit to "The Spring" give Derek a chance to explore two variations of the family he was born into. In "Touch and Go," a fairly predictable supernatural shaggy-dog story is grafted on to an elderly London bibliophile's engrossing account of the time he spent as a WWII-era evacuee in a lonely country manor. Set in a remote and unnamed corner of Italy, "Checkers" is the story of an English boy who is kidnapped for ransom, and of Giovanni, the ghostly youngster who befriends him; the tale's final lines ("It was Giovanni who'd won. He won it for us, because he'd lost it for himself, long, long ago") make it clear that this is also a pointedly Christian allegory. The title story chronicles the adventures of the aptly surnamed Perrault girls, Melanie and Melly, a pair of near-identical twins who are in fact a single person split in two, thanks to the machinations of a malevolent magician. Meticulously structured plots and complex symbolism are typical of this author's work; here, however, these traits seem to overwhelm the narrative, making this collection relatively slow going. Nevertheless, fans of the supernatural as well as Dickinson devotees should find something to enjoy in the practiced storytelling and elements of spookiness. Ages 10-up.
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Nonetheless, regardless such ‘multiinterpretationism’ of the Allegory of the Cave, it is still possible to clearly traces the basic ideas and the author’s message to the audience. In fact, Plato has a very original view and admits the possibility that the reality may be hidden from people and different from what we perceive as the true and real life which, actually, may be just an illusion. At the same time, there is a hidden knowledge within human mind that can reveal the essence of the life by means of education and personal development that leads to the enlightenment.
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Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is possible to conclude that Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a very complicated philosophical work that can be interpreted in different ways. It is quite interesting to note that practically any interpretation, at least among those mentioned in terms of this paper, may be correct since this philosophical work contains many symbols, metaphors, allegories, and parables which may be interpreted in different ways. This is actually what really creates such a diversity of interpretations of the allegory.