As requested by Pikachu 101, on my last post Elephant in The Garden: Book Review, I will be doing a book review on Awful Auntie by David Walliams.
For those of you who have read William’s books before you’ll know the emotional rollercoaster you’ll experience, as you read the book. One minute, you’ll be laughing uproariously at the adventures the protagonist is facing and the next minute you’ll be bawling your eyes out over the most heart-rending scene ever. Awful Auntie is no exception.
Set in the the early 20th century , Stella is a young lass, being no more than 12 years of age and the heir of Saxby Hall, a commodious mansion which has been passed on from generation to generation. Yet one day, she wakes up to encounter herself wrapped in ___________, to find out her parents are dead and that she now has to deal with what has to be the most awful, ghastly aunt ever: Aunt Alberta. After meeting a ghost named Soot, after her auntie… (wait, I don’t want to spoil it for you), she commences a journey to unravel the truth about her parents death, being skeptical to the idea that they died in a car crash, (according to Aunt Alberta, this is how they died).
I found this book utterly alluring in every single way, as well as absolutely whimsical with life lessons along the way. As her relationship with Soot flourishes, Stella learns to have a little humility; a matter which would be completely bizarre in a society in which you were destiny was well, ahem destined from the day of birth based on social class. Perceiving it from a historical viewpoint, it suddenly becomes irresistible to question “If people like Stella, indeed did exist, and learn to concede more valour to human rights more than they do to your position would atrocities like WWI and WWII occur,?”, in which we are then able to interconnect this with Inspector Calls, by J.B Priestley. Both the book and the play are more than mere forms of entertainment, there is a life lesson to be learned except Walliams wrote it more subtly. Just like Aunt Alberta, who would rather work for the material things in life over conceding care and affection to her niece Stella, didn’t end up well due to her everlasting egotism, perhaps nor did the Capitalist in the 20th century last because of this either.
We can also interconnect the idea, that just like Soot and Stella were related so are all of us connected in some form or another, and we shouldn’t allow for positions to become a barrier when forming relationships. If we don’t form relationships, then things aren’t able to run as efficiently, and chaos commences, it’s pretty easy to see this, especially in the world’s most corrupt countries.
Whether Walliams did this purposefully or not, I believe Awful Auntie which is a book which should be read and analysed by all-and one which I personally loved and will treasure. His books are classics.
Keep reading, stay awesome!