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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Trade (Aug. 2 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000224201X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002242011
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Playing with archetype, myth and the nature of reality, Holdstock returns to the landscape of his World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood , a primeval woodland in modern England that has defended itself through the eons with mythagos, embodiments of the human need for heroes and heroic acts. Devastated by the death of his young son, Alexander, Richard Bradley meets Alexander Lytton and Helen Silverlock, who indicate that the boy is still alive in a mysterious way in nearby Ryhope Wood. As the distraught father follows researcher Arnauld Lacan into the wood, he is gradually introduced to its properties and inhabitants, which range through the deeply embedded myths of all times. Meanwhile, Lytton wants Bradley to find Alexander because the fearful boy's vivid fantasies are changing the very nature of the wood that Lytton and his crew have been studying for years. Bradley's search proves unsuccessful, however, and it's only after the father gains the aid of Sarin, the Tall Grass Lady from the time of the Tower of Babel, that his quest reaches its climax. Holdstock weaves a dense and, at times, impenetrable tale, but a careful reading brings to light a variety of treasures, including a telling portrayal of Jason and the Argonauts in old age.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

The dark mysteries of Ryhope Wood draw Richard Bradley into its depths in search of his son Alex, whose fearful imaginings threaten to erode the old forest's delicate magical balance. Like Mythago Wood (Avon, 1991) and The Bone Forest (Avon, 1992), Holdstock's latest novel unravels the mythic landscape of the unconscious mind, revealing a world where dreams and legends become uncomfortably real. Powerful storytelling and strong characters make this a good choice for fantasy collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on March 8 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Hollowing was a much faster paced book than it's predecessor, Lavondyss. Where Lavondyss stagnated after a little over half way thru, The Hollowing kept going onwards.
A father's search for his lost son in the woods of mythago is a tour-de-force read. From primal man to Jason and the argonauts - how could you go wrong here?
If you want a different sort of read than your average fantasy fare - look no further!
Characters grow and adventure bounds in this intensely harrowing adventure the likes of which I'll continue to discover. From dream-like sequences to horror-filled creatures - this was a thrill ride read.
Now, which book is number 4??
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By Linda Kindred on March 3 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be incredibly interesting and in some ways insightful. Holdstock has a wonderful imagination and talent for combining what is very close to if not an original myth to the subconscious perspective of his characters. I learned from his mythagos, and his view of the human mind or being. I met soldiers from ancient Rome, the Argonauts and legends I never even knew existed. Even though I was somewhat disappointed with his ending, it left me thinking about the determination of his characters, his wonderful mythagos, and imagination itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Holdstock novel Jan. 1 2007
By Martha T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ok, so I'm a big fan of Robert Holdstock's books. I believe I own every one now. The Hollowing is my favorite, even more so than Mythago Wood. Even though these are both books in the "Mythago Cycle", you don't really need to read Mythago Wood first, but it helps.

The Hollowing has such a lush, rich fantasy story that it makes me reread it every so often, and I am still amazed. Some of Holdstock's ideas are a little weird, but if you're reading a fantasy novel you obviously are capable of embracing weird ideas.

If you're a fantasy fan like me (or becoming one) pick this up. It's one of my favorite books ever and my fav from Holdstock.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the most original fantasy in years. Nov. 1 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a hauntingly beautiful book about a forest where nightmarish folk legends come to life. This book returns to Mythago Wood, a place that spans time and space, where the folk legends and myths buried deep in one's subconscious mind are born into living creatures called mythagos. The Hollowing tells of a father's maddening journey into the nightmarish forest in a desperate search for his missing son. This book was beautifully written and gave me a sense of wonder while scaring the crap outta me. An excellent and very original fantasy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A WONDERFUL novel! Truly one of the best I have ever read! Jan. 26 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert Holdstock is a brilliant author who uses fantastic imagery combined with an extensive knowledge of mythology. In The Hollowing, he writes of a forest which lies only partially in the relm of modern day earth. Inside are created the mythic heroes and monsters of every culture, brought into existance by the force of mankind's unconcious needs. This novel is a FAR cry from the unimaginative dimestore fantasy novels which cram the shelves of bookstores, and is one of the most absorbing I have ever read
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Myths and Mythagos July 16 2003
By dianne leigh owens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A tale such as The Hollowing is hard to write a review for... When I first read it, I found it a bit hard to get into. You see, the first 100 pages was about the main character's life with his son before the disappearance. I was wodering why the level of detail... Then the storyline began to progress quickly as the nature of the diappearance became apparent. By then I couldn't put the book down. The story begins in roughly 1962 and restarts 10 years later after the characters life has decintergrated. A group of scientists inform him that his son is still alive within a place called Ryhope Wood. The child used to play near there with a young girl who went missing and he is supposedly making the place dangerous.
It is about the dedication of a father, and a son lost in eternal youth within a nightmare of his own creation. The father must respond to a place where time and space is irrelevant, and where a myth can become tangible as well as dangerous. It is a place where you are often your own worst enemy... There is a word to describe this book: WOW!
Dianne
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Book # 3 of Mythagos is better than # 2! March 8 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Hollowing was a much faster paced book than it's predecessor, Lavondyss. Where Lavondyss stagnated after a little over half way thru, The Hollowing kept going onwards.
A father's search for his lost son in the woods of mythago is a tour-de-force read. From primal man to Jason and the argonauts - how could you go wrong here?
If you want a different sort of read than your average fantasy fare - look no further!
Characters grow and adventure bounds in this intensely harrowing adventure the likes of which I'll continue to discover. From dream-like sequences to horror-filled creatures - this was a thrill ride read.
Now, which book is number 4??


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