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DUNCTON WOOD Mass Market Paperback – Jan 12 1981


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Jan. 12 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345291131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345291134
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,063,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Brown on May 5 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must admit, I hesitate in writing a review because I won't be jumping on any 'It changed my life' sort of bandwagon. I generally have a distaste for the fantasty genre, especially in recent years. I will, however, grant that this is a five star novel. Without question, it ought to be in print. Apparently, there's a pseudo-cultish following around the novel and the author. For those of you who might be scared off by this, don't be. I picked up Duncton Wood for a fun summer read last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it in two sittings... Horwood is a tremendously talented storyteller. His style is immensely appealing and very appropriate for a 'fun' read. What distinguishes the novel is that, while Horwood is a better storyteller than any of the mass-market successes out there these days (Clancy, Grisham, Rice, etc. simply don't compare), the content is also substantial enough to provide real fodder for thought. Horwood is a strong enough writer to move the novel out of the run-of-the-mill Manachean fantasy/adventure storylines and provide some actual philosophical substance. In essence, if you'd like to enjoy yourself and be immersed in the world of a talented storyteller, without having your intelligence or literary sensibilities insulted at the same time, you'll enjoy Horwood. A very worthy novel, earning all five stars, and deserving of a good-quality reprint.
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Duncton Wood is home to one of the seven great systems of the mole world. Many years before the book opens, the system was based at the highest point of the wood, in the shadows of the wood's standing Stone. The Stone was of vital importance at the time, with the system's religious beliefs centred on it. However, in time, the system slowly migrated down the hill - to the point where, now, nomole now lives in the Ancient System. Traditionally, the system's moles travel up the slopes to pray to the Stone on the Longest and Shortest Nights, though few now hold the Stone in any real regard.

Within the modern system, there are a few different districts - each with its own distinct personality. The Westside is home to the biggest, strongest moles while the moles who live on the Eastside are less aggressive, though stockier and better burrowers. The Marshenders, somewhat unfairly, are considered a suspicious, untrustworthy and unhealthy grouping - though the damp soil doesn't make it an ideal area for the average mole. Where the Stone was the natural centre of the Ancient System, Barrow Vale is considered the centre of the modern system. Close to the Elder Burrows, it's free from predators and is considered `neutral' territory.

Life takes a turn for the worse when Mandrake arrives. Originally from Siabod, he arrives from over the Pastures and makes straight for Barrow Vale. Big, strong and vicious, he kills any mole that stands in his way and - when he disposes of one of the Elders - quickly appoints himself as the replacement. Having effectively installed himself as Duncton Wood's leader, the mood of the system becomes a becomes tinged with fear and suspicion.
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I am so glad that William Horwood's books are finally(nearly) availble in the U.S. I first read Duncton Wood about 16 years ago when I lived in the U.K. I remember saying to a friend that he should write a series of them and when he came out with Duncton Quest (about 5 years after Duncton Wood), I knew that the tales of Rebecca, Bracken, Mandrake and all those brave moles live on. You find yourself being wholely immersed in the tale and becoming part of the Duncton system, the rituals and the lore.It is a very hard book to put down once you start!
I remember how difficult it was to find Horwood's books (in the late 80's) in the U.S. and there were only limited titles available and not one of them the Duncton series! I had a friend in the U.K., also an avid Horwood fan supplying me with his books.I am proud to say I have read all the Duncton series and hope to read them again one day. Now that cyberspace shopping is here, I hope that more people in the U.S. will discover Horwood's writings. I have a copy of the Wolf series and hope to start on it soon!!!!!
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Never has a book(s) made me laugh and cry or feel such joy or sorrow as the Duncton Chronicles have. I was introduced to them 10 years ago and have since collected the remaining 5 books in first edition signed copies. However this is only the beginning of his stories. Besides Callanish and The Stoner Eagles he has also written a wonderful book called Skallagrigg. This is a must read for Horwood Fans. His latest chronicle is The Wolves of Time the first book titled Journeys to the Heartland, the second and third are titled Wanderers of the Wolfways and Seekers at the WulfRock. If you like the Duncton Chronicles I'm sure you will enjoy these as much as I have. For those of you interested in Kenneth Grahams book the Wind in the Willows William Horwood has written 2 sequels starting with the Willows in Winter and Toad Triumphant. This must have been a daunting task but of course Horwood out did himself as usual and brought Toad of Toad Hall back to life and up to his old tricks with flare. If you all are diehard Horwood fans like myself see if you can get any of these titles and I'm sure you will be as thrilled as I am to own them.
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