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Under Plum Lake [Hardcover]

Lionel Davidson
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October 1980
A young boy is ushered into a subterranean world where he encounters a civilization and kingdom unlike anything above ground.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found my childhood favorite. Dec 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think I'm the third person to post that this book is my all time childhood favorite. Images from it have stayed strong in my memory - of the cliff, and of nightime secret sneaking out to visit the underwater world where mindpower is maximized beyond anything our culture can imagine. I read the first edition when it was published, sometime around my fifth grade year. Years and several readings later, I lent it to my brother when he was home one summer from college. He also loved it and lent it to a coworker without my permission. Despite my pleas, we never saw it again. I checked online years ago without success, found it was out of print. I'm now so grateful that it's available to me here. Thanks so much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I must be one of the lucky few. Jan. 22 2004
By Auliya
Count me among the rest. I read Under Plum Lake a hundred times when I was nine years old, until the covers were worn and the pages were coming unstuck. Under Plum Lake is like reading someone's dream: vivid, surreal, bright with colors and activity, often frightening. As an adult, years later, I was seized with the desire to find it again. And I was in luck. I found a hardback edition of the book, in excellent condition, at a used bookstore. I was able to reread it as an adult. And now I think I can say in all honesty that Under Plum Lake is magical for children of all ages, because I was once again transported.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under Plum Lake May 12 2012
I can honestly say that this is one of the most incredible books Ive read, and I have read a lot!Like the first reviewer, I read it when I was a young teen and it stayed so strongly with me all my life, and I knew someday Id get my own copy.Also seized by a strong desire, I recently aquired a copy and read it again, and wow, wow,wow.....Magical, intriquing,familiar in a dream like way, and of course the big question, could it , just could it, be true? I have recently reserched some of the hollow earth theory which puts an intriguing slant on it.An absolute must for anyone from 8 to 80......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lasting Impressions from Under Plum Lake May 13 2002
By "kaypecks" - Published on Amazon.com
This has been my favorite book ever since I first read it almost ten years ago. I've read it at least a dozen times - more than I've read anything else. It is an incredibly imaginative, dream-inspiring story that creates the world of Egon, a fantastic place where people visit Pleasure Dromes to experience the Universe, eat ragusa plums and stardew, drink silver-maroon tigra, and develop their minds much more than does humanity. The earth's ocean floor becomes the sky and people travel on rainbows using magnetism.
Davidson creates a world that people can easily identify with, but that is thoroughly unique and different from our world; and while Egon is incredibly fantastic, Davidson makes it believable - as though it really exists - which makes the book more enjoyable, because we feel like we can actually escape into its secret world. *Under Plum Lake* is a book that will remain with me for the rest of my life.
*Under Plum Lake* can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, on either a lighthearted level or a deeper philosophical level -- for in addition to exploring a fantastical world (from the view of a young human boy), the book ponders knowledge, life, time, perception and deception, sanity, memory, existence, humanity, and the universe... or, to borrow a phrase from Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker series (also really good), *Under Plum Lake* ponders "life, the universe, and everything."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complete enchantment Jan. 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One of the previous reviewers expressed a wish that they had never returned the book to the library. I didn't return the book and that is why today, many years later, I have a copy.This is not meant to condone stealing from libraries but hopefully illustrates how powerful and profound this book's effect can be. It is a haunting text, that lingers in your imagination. It is both strange and new, and disturbingly familiar. Read it and discover the far off memories it stirs in you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should NOT be out-of -print April 14 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is truly a classic - no other book from my childhood meant so much to me. It is not just a kiddies book - there is so much in there for adults too: Kids read it as a fantasy, adults as an allegory - I have read it as both. I am lucky enough to have my old (tatty) copy of it and I re-read it at least once a year and dip into it regularly - it is like a meditation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful dreamlike magical story Oct. 6 1997
By Edward_Holt@baylor.edu - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a story that somehow captured my imagination so fully that it left me in a state of wonder.. I was very young when I last read Under Plum Lake, but I can't seem to forget the impact it had on me, so long ago. I too hope to someday share this book with my children, for few books manage to paint a more magical picture so vividly in the mind. When I think about it I feel deep nostalgia, and I'll keep looking until I find a copy for my own.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Plum Lake is one of the best books I've ever read. Aug. 11 1999
By Melissa:mpequeno@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
I can't believe I'm not the only person to have ever read this book. I read it first when I was about 10, around 21 years ago. It has always stuck with me. But every time I've ever told anyone about it they've never heard of it. It was such an imaginative book, I felt like I was actually there as I read it. I've been drawn back to it over the years and I believe it is still at our local public library, but I've never had a copy of my own. I would love to know where I could get a copy. It's too bad a book this good is so hard to find.
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