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Duncton Wood [Paperback]

William Horwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably speaking... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars DUNCTON WOOD LIVES!! Oct. 21 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular books! Never have I been so moved. Oct. 6 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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I remember reading this book over fifteen years ago, but (sorry to say) I could barely remember any of the details of the story. I could only remember that it was the story of two moles, Bracken and Rebecca, and how they brought peace, prosperity, and other assorted good things to their "system", as Horwood calls it - the title, Duncton Wood. The book has long been out of print in this country, so I despaired of ever getting my hands on a copy again.
Well, a few years ago, I was on vacation in England, and was very pleasantly surprised to discover that Duncton Wood was still in print there. Not only that, but it was the first book in a series about the moles of Duncton, and all of them (according to the local reviews) were just as good as the first! Sad to say, I didn't take the opportunity to buy those books then, but I recently managed to get my hands on a copy of Duncton Wood through one of Amazon's European competitors. I'm only halfway through it now, but it's just as good the second time around.
This is as basic a story as you can get about good vs. evil, and there are very few who tell it better than Horwood. There are definite religious elements in this story (and, I assume, in the sequels as well), but who cares when the story is written this well?
I look forward to finishing Duncton Wood, and to getting my hands on the sequels. Unfortunately, Amazon apparently only deals with American publishers, so they can't get their hands on any of them - so this is a very blunt hint to the American publishing establishment: get off your duffs and get the American publishing rights to these books! If the reviews here are any indication, you'll more than make your money back (and earn the grateful thanks of the American reading public besides)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stone Mole and the Book of Silence
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2008 by Craobh Rua
4.0 out of 5 stars dark and inspiring
This was the first fantasy book I have ever read. I chose it because I thought it would be cute; a story about a society of moles, how could it not be? Read more
Published on May 23 2006 by L. Anger
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones of the mole world.
Not a book for children as love,villainy,intrigue & murder abound. An epic novel with almost every page filled with adventure that makes it nearly impossible to put the book... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by William Oterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythic, Awe Inspiring, Etc., Etc., Etc.
Just wanted to throw in my own humble opinion. This is one of the few books I would ever seriously recommend reading. The affect it will have on you is profound. Read more
Published on April 24 2001 by Michael Withrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Get to know yourself.....
Without submitting to a sappy, cliche-like review, I would like to voice a review that will possibly encourage everyone to read this fantastic novel. Read more
Published on July 13 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I was sorry I finished it!
This book is one of the most staggering masterpieces ever written! I was so glad to find out about its sister books, Duncton Quest and Duncton Found, they both lived up to my high... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book has affected me more than any other. I read it about 10 years ago and only read it once. Even so I remember it well. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never forgotten this book, or how it affected me
I don't even remember how long ago I first read Duncton Wood; proably not long after it came out, but it has stuck in my mind all these years, and still ranks as one of my very... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Fantasy story.
This book changed my life permanently. No book, apart from the Lord of the Rings, has affected me as much. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars My goodness
This book was terrible, unless you are a child or a fantsy freak. Who cares about these moles with personalities that are as bland as any you'll find these days? Read more
Published on July 23 1999
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