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The Sundering Flood [Hardcover]

William Morris
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Jan. 1 2009

Once, a mighty river ran south into the sea -- and at the mouth thereof rose a great and rich city, which had been builded and had waxed and thriven because of the great and excellent haven which the river made, there where it flowed into the sea. It was like looking at a huge wood of barked and smoothened fir-trees, when one saw the masts of the ships that lay in this haven.

And up this river ran the flood of the tide -- and it ran a long way up, so far that the biggest of round-ships might fare up its course . . .

So begins The Sundering Flood, a fantasy first published just after the death of its author. In its pages the visionary William Morris (1834-1896) unveils with a poetic command of the English language and a sure knowledge of the Medieval world a fantasy of courage and love -- of a hero with a magical sword, a land of dwarves, and a romantic divide, which is the flooding tide itself.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Morris' evolution April 16 2003
Format:Paperback
The Sundering Flood is my favorite among Morris's fantasies, and was one of the last (if not the very last one) written. His earlier works (Wood Beyond the World, Well at the World's End, etc.) are modelled after the romances of the high Middle Ages and late medieval/renaissance works. In The Sundering Flood, Moris looks back further in time, and incorporates thematic and stylistic elements of the Norse sagas. This is particularly evident in the first part of this work. The overall structure does resemble Well at the World's End, but this work is not derivative. The action is tighter, more varied, and more detailed. It is the closest of Morris's fantasies to a modern novel. The language remains archaic, and might put off some readers; but if you persevere you will adjust to it, and find this a great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one to cut your teeth on. Feb. 11 2003
Format:Paperback
Morris devotees will find it well worth reading (and the four stars are for benefit of those readers). Others may find it impenetrable. Those who have never read any of Morris' works absolutely should start with The Well at the World's End, which is his masterwork, and I'd hate for anyone to be discouraged from that experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morris' evolution April 16 2003
By Felix Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Sundering Flood is my favorite among Morris's fantasies, and was one of the last (if not the very last one) written. His earlier works (Wood Beyond the World, Well at the World's End, etc.) are modelled after the romances of the high Middle Ages and late medieval/renaissance works. In The Sundering Flood, Moris looks back further in time, and incorporates thematic and stylistic elements of the Norse sagas. This is particularly evident in the first part of this work. The overall structure does resemble Well at the World's End, but this work is not derivative. The action is tighter, more varied, and more detailed. It is the closest of Morris's fantasies to a modern novel. The language remains archaic, and might put off some readers; but if you persevere you will adjust to it, and find this a great story.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one to cut your teeth on. Feb. 11 2003
By Mithradates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Morris devotees will find it well worth reading (and the four stars are for benefit of those readers). Others may find it impenetrable. Those who have never read any of Morris' works absolutely should start with The Well at the World's End, which is his masterwork, and I'd hate for anyone to be discouraged from that experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK April 19 2013
By srae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was free, so that is good, not that great, so I am glad I didn't pay for it and won't look for more by the author.
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