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The Iron Man

2 Nov

Mask: Me

Lego Ring: Me again

Reading: The Iron Man: A Children’s Story in Five Nights, Ted Hughes, Illustrated by Andrew Davidson (Faber and Faber, 1989)

This book was written for Hughes’ two children after the suicide of their mother, Sylvia Plath. It is a short story about overcoming our fears and prejudices towards others, and choosing peace over war. The iron man is a Christ-like figure, prepared to sacrifice himself to save the world.

“I didn’t know what to tell them so I kept quiet. I don’t know what was the right thing to do, but after her death I wanted all of us to live as if we had started anew.” Ted Hughes

Many artists have represented their vision of the Iron Man. I love the illustrations by Tom Gauld. He really knows how to draw robots.

P.S. This book is the basis of an animated film The Iron Giant, a beautiful film, very different to the book. Features Vin Diesel’s finest performance.

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