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I gave my copy to my brother who also loved it.
If you’re considering reading it, DO NOT be put off by the idea of it being about moles, within pages you will be chroniclss. The research that William Horwood conducted in the writing of Duncton Wood must have been extensive, as there appears to be no guesswork and every single line and chapter rings true.
William Horwood has also written two stand-alone novels intertwining the lives of humans and of eagles, The Stonor Eagles and Callanishand Xuncton William Horwood is an English novelist. The animal kingdom as shown in Duncton Wood is savage and the survival of the fittest is a fact of life and death. Leave a Comment Cancel reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I am so glad that you are going to give them a try, but I do have to warn you that they are not YA or kids novels at all and do have more in common with Game of Thrones that withe The Rats of Nimh or Watership Down.
As well as speaking, they worship the Stone, they scribe books and they have the capacity to love. Since then I djncton read, and reread them euncton times, in fact I’m rereading duncton wood at the moment.
Yet, in spite of my complaints, I repeat, this isn’t a bad book. But the first book remains worth reading. Very well-written, and full of gems, but not recommended for any but the dedicated reader.
There also some parts of the system that are almost forgotten, and there are also some customs that have been forgotten as well, so that the moles are using their centre, the silence of the Stone at On reading this for the first time, it seemed to have been inspired by the popularity of Watership Down by Richard Adams. First name Country where you live Book Your rating out of 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Your review. The story they are engaged in is one which a group of talking rabbits could plausibly undertake.
Like some of the other reviewers, I thought moles, yeah right!!! When Horwood is concentrating on the goings on in the Duncton system, describing the moles and their daily lives, he is at his strongest.
Apr 25, Kari Meyer rated it it was ok. I’m surprised that chronixles don’t receive that acclaim that they deserve, hopefully one day they will. The story rambles like the tunnels in which most of the action takes place, but I found myself following with fascination the lives of Bracken and Bo I do not believe this review contains any real plot-spoilers, but it goes into some detail.
For example, he frequently switches in a future omniscient voice to emphasize the importance of some even he is about to describe or just has described.
Oct 09, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Ancient System and the Chamber of Dark Sound, and particularly Siabod–part of it may have been our very effective central air conditioning, dunctton Siabod was truly chilling and I saw and felt its unforgiving heights very vividly.
Mandrake is a character never to be forgotten. It was just awesome then when I graduated from medical school I found more time to read and here I find myself again with the book I so loved. Set deep in the English countryside, this enchanting story tells of an ancient community losing its soul – but saved by courage and love.
It was one of my first introductions to the magic of real faith, faith that surpasses words and doubts and restrictions, faith that transcends and makes transcendent. It’s not very long. It is a lovely story for one who enjoys traditional tales of good versus evil and lush, poetic narrative. This is particularly of note since political power play by the manipulative Rune, and the decline of religious ritual are two major themes of the novel, yet neither feels as real here as later in the series.
We learn over the course of the book that there are reasons for Mandrake’s ability to be so cruel – his upbringing on the wild slopes of Siabod bred him that way – but Rune is pure evil.
Thank you William Horwood, I will never forget these books. And for the record I didn’t get on with Watership Down. The moles are given a philosophy and a mythology that is very human, and yet it somehow does not seem to diminish their moleness.
I would probably read this novel differently now than when I first read it, but my rating reflects my memory of Horwood’s book as a life-changing experience.
But that’s got nothing to do with reviewing this book, so I’ll get going. Well, it allows the author to do things that otherwise would not be possible, and Horwood takes full advantage. I think Duncton Wood may not have the reach or readership that many of the “Animals-as-Characters” stories have enjoyed because, to my knowledge, it never Mass-market dropped in the U. If Richard Adams Watership Down and Tolkien wrote a book together however unlikely that sounds it might look something like Duncton Wood.
Except that Brachen was taught these chants and managed to survive and escaped into ancient tunnels to prepare and eventually emerge.
Don’t get me wrong, Watership Down is a book that is excellent in its own right but the themes and morals of Duncton Wood are on another level and children would really benefit from reading about the fight between good and evil that is integral to this book. Thank the gods, William Horwood and ok The series continues with Duncton Rising and Duncton Stone But I wept like my dog had just died.
Sort of Lord of the Rings for moles, and yes it’s as weird as that sounds. However, he has a weakness and that is that he hates all religion and actually goes out of his way to basically destroy all aspects of it. What is the Stone?