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Tea with the Black Dragon Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1983


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam; later printing edition (Dec 1 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553254030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553254037
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,434,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
R. A. MacAvoy has done something very rare and special in this book: written with wisdom, compassion and humor about people who are at once very ordinary and quite extraordinary. Martha is a woman in her middle years who moves through the world with freshness, originality, and a youthful spirit; her friend Mayland Long is incredibly ancient and yet has just been born. Together they struggle with a new, technical wizardry, foreign to them both. As in Peter Beagle's _A Fine and Private Place_, the mundane and the spiritual commingle in beautiful and unexpected ways. From the convolutions and paradoxes which are a part of all our lives, MacAvoy weaves a story which is on one level an exploration of what it means to be human, with human emotions and human responsibilities -- and on another level is simply a ripping good yarn. Whatever you look for in a book, you will find here.
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This book is a little treasure, absolutely delightful - I've never found its equivalent anywhere. A book of magic, that contains one of my favourite fictional characters of all time - the inimitable Mayland Long. (Ever since I read this book, I have coveted his raw silk suit.) The story is relatively straightforward, but the genius of this book is not in the plot, but in its descriptions and conversations.

Elegant, enchanting, mysterious, this book proceeds with the feeling of an adult reading a newly discovered fairy tale. The characters, despite their difficulties and obstacles, live with an attitude and in a manner that I wish I did. Perhaps that's why I love this book so much.
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By A Customer on Sept. 4 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I cannot start praising this book enough... It is one of my absolute favourite books! Although I read voraciously and my library has in excess of 10.000 books I always find time to read this one from time to time. I feel terrible that it is out of print; I wanted to give it as a gift and it really is not replaceable. This is a unique book and the dragon mentioned in the title a unique character. I'll not spoil it for you revealing anything more about the book - just place an order and hope Amazon can find the book for you. I only wish I could read this book for the first time again!
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By A Customer on June 19 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, after seeing how the average rating of a book can be draggged down by one bad review, I decided I'd better do my part to bring it up again. There have been a very few books I've ever read that were just so engrossing that I began reading and didn't come up for air until I was done. I found the characters very engaging, and was very impressed with how well MacAvoy pulled off a book in a genre most people don't even know exist: magic realism. In this case, it's a fantasy that isn't set in a fantasy world. You don't see too many of those, let alone done so well.
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By A Customer on Aug. 27 1999
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As a high school teacher searching for literature which will touch my students, I couldn't ask for more than TWABD. Ms. MacAvoy is a brilliant writer. Her characters are evocative, her writing is pellucid, her imagination is embracing and original. Surely this deserves "classic" status right beside Asimov, Bradley, Clarke, and Dick. So why is it out of print?
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