Writer's Block: Reconsidering Children's Books - Part 2
Submitted by Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz on October 18, 2008 - 19:58
Just re-read the The Giving Tree, and it seems more sadomasochistic than anything else. Whether it's disturbing or not, depends on whether you're a parent and/or lover with a martyr complex, are into BDSM or believe in the concept or unconditional love. As a kid, I thought it was bittersweet. As an adult, I find it morally ambiguous and layered with many different possibilities for interpretation.