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Duncton Wood Paperback – Feb 27 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK; New edition edition (Feb. 27 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099443007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099443001
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.9 x 10.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Hi. Glad you found this. I can't help finding it really depressing that one of the greatest books of the 20th century goes unnoticed in Amazon's huge databank by all the readers out there. It's the saddest thing I've ever heard of. "The Worm Ouroborus" has more reviews under it, and it has far more reason to sink down into the depths of ignominy. This is really pathetic. Someone, anyone who has read this book and knows how good it is, please write a review. Or better yet, if you haven't read this book, go out and buy a copy, even if you have to go to Europe to get one, read it, and write the review. Whatever it takes, there have got to be more entries here.

For those of you who haven't read "Duncton Wood" and want some info, whether it has any effect or not, here it is.

This is an animal story. Anyone who has ever read and loved "Watership Down", scope this book. I am not saying the two are anything alike, but you people are likely to be more open to an adult fantasy in which the characters are all animals--moles in fact.

This is a love story. It is about two moles, Bracken and Rebecca, and the trials and tribulations they undergo to finally be together.

It is a story about a society, the venerable system of Duncton Wood, which is slowly falling into decay, becomes a dictatorship under Mandrake, a truly awesome character(in the biblical sense of the word "awesome"), is reborn as a struggling young community under Bracken, and grows to become the great system which is the focus of five more brilliant books.

Most importantly in the long run, it is the story of a quest, physically and spiritually, for a stone, the Stone of Silence.
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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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My 10 year old daughter just finished "Duncton Quest" (940 pages). She is a good reader anyway but to have read "Duncton Wood" at 700+ pages and now be way into "Duncton Found" staggers me. I read the trilogy about 20 years ago and when I dipped into DW to see what drove my baby to this effort I was reminded what a truly great piece of work each of the three novels is. Read the other reviews on this page. These are not kids books, they are truly gripping adult adventures. Think of them as Science Fiction if you like, the exploration of a world which might exist "if only....". I am still surprised that I bought & read three books about moles, but I never regret it.
I see that everyone else on this page has evangelised so there is no reason for me to add anything except my endorsement. These are extraordinary books and easily among the best books I have read. Do yourself a favour, cast aside any moleist prejudices and buy it, buy all three.
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