Duncton Wood Paperback – Feb 27 1994
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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.Read more ›
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)!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A very powerful book.One becomes part of it and of it.
A very spellbinding ,enjoyable read.
It drags a bit when the moles start travelling around but this is still a great book. I don't understand how William Horwood found so much to write about moles, but I'm glad he... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah
Duncton Wood is home to one of the seven great systems of the mole world. Many years before the book opens, the system was based at the highest point of the wood, in the shadows of... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2008 by Craobh Rua
This was the first fantasy book I have ever read. I chose it because I thought it would be cute; a story about a society of moles, how could it not be? Read morePublished on May 23 2006 by L. Anger
Not a book for children as love,villainy,intrigue & murder abound. An epic novel with almost every page filled with adventure that makes it nearly impossible to put the book... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Bill Oterson
Just wanted to throw in my own humble opinion. This is one of the few books I would ever seriously recommend reading. The affect it will have on you is profound. Read morePublished on April 24 2001 by Michael Withrow
Without submitting to a sappy, cliche-like review, I would like to voice a review that will possibly encourage everyone to read this fantastic novel. Read morePublished on July 13 2000
This book is one of the most staggering masterpieces ever written! I was so glad to find out about its sister books, Duncton Quest and Duncton Found, they both lived up to my high... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 1999