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  • Title: Duncton Wood
  • Author: William Horwood
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Duncton Wood By William Horwood, Alternate cover for ISBN 0070304343

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    1. It seems the world has almost forgot about Duncton wood The books are hard to find in second hand shops I would rate the books up there with Lord of the rings, Dune, the dark materials trilogy and watership down If you like that sort of stuff you will simply be amazed by the moles of Duncton Wood Amazed it took you so long to read it, for starters The characters are lovable, you will really care what happens to them and the world they inhabit underground is well developed to the point of fascina [...]

    2. This is a very short review because I should be working, but I need to return a few books to the library today.If I owned this book I wouldn t give it away unlike a few that I m trying to pass on, so that next time I move house there aren t quite as many boxes for the poor removal men to carry there were over 100 boxes of books What else can I say There are some excellent reviews done already For me, Horwood has got the combination of animals and fantasy and faith and countryside just right I ne [...]

    3. Don t be put off by the fact that this is a book about moles, because it a great story of love, hate, violence, forgiveness and courage.A re read for me, this has always been my favourite of the Duncton books There are six in all, three in the Duncton Chronicles and three in the other series But this is the best of them, I felt that the others got a little too bogged down in philosophy and Horwood turned slightly preachy with his pacifist moles.Despite that, I will be on the lookout for the othe [...]

    4. The Secret World of the Moles18 February 2017 There are some books out there that it doesn t matter how long they are, the story is really engrossing and I really don t want to put them down However there are other books that start off good but are so long that by the time I start getting close to the end my eyes start glasing over and I quickly begin to lose interest Then there are books that are basically crap Well, this isn t one of the last type of books, and this certainly isn t one of the [...]

    5. As the tagline on the book suggests, this is A clash of good and evil in the savage kingdom of moles It bears comparison to Watership Down, but the moles are anthropomorphic As well as speaking, they worship the Stone, they scribe books and they have the capacity to love.It is this capacity to love that brings us the story of Bracken and Rebecca, two moles who grow up in the Duncton Wood system At the time of their birth, the system is being overthrown and then led by two evil moles Mandrake an [...]

    6. I have all the books in this series and all William s other books too The Duncton Wood books are superb Fascinating, magical, absorbing, exciting and I couldn t stop reading any of them until I got to the last page The fact that the characters are moles adds to the quality for me I ill be reading the whole series all over again.

    7. Yes, finally A book with talking animals that I prefer over the legendary Watership Down YES THERE I SAID IT OH MAN OH GOD OH MAN.A book about talking animals that seem rather unremarkable and harmless in reality, but that are given a wonderful own world of their own, an own history and mythology, and a great adventure to explore this world as a human reader in intricate detail A book that occasionally makes you forget its characters are animals and which still convincingly transitions said char [...]

    8. Just finished reading this for the second time Very well written tale Loved the descriptions of the English countryside, peopled or should i say moled by some wonderful characters Mandrake is a character never to be forgotten Bracken and Rebecca and their trials and hardships and two moles you really care about a poignant story of love and commitment Having said this the book is certainly not for children as there is quite a lot of violence and adult themes As an adult fairy tale though, it is o [...]

    9. What if moles were readers and writers, and had a religion This book.Seriously, read it if you enjoyed Watership Down.

    10. On reading this for the first time, it seemed to have been inspired by the popularity of Watership Down by Richard Adams What Adams did for rabbits, Horwood does for moles The system of mole tunnels under Duncton Wood is large, and moles in one part hardly know those from other parts of the system There also some parts of the system that are almost forgotten, and there are also some customs that have been forgotten as well, so that the moles are using their centre, the silence of the Stone at th [...]

    11. This is an epic about generations of moles told with a Celtic voice It is a lovely story for one who enjoys traditional tales of good versus evil and lush, poetic narrative It fell short for me because the ancient religious story line seems forced, as if the author is thrusting our human thinking on the moles At one point, Rebecca, the main fe mole character asks Bracken, one of the main mole characters, Do you believe in the stone Unfortunately, I never did This was recommended to me because I [...]

    12. Why isn t this book well known Duncton Wood combines themes similar to the ones in books like Felidae, The Wind in the Willows and Watership Down, but with Moles as the main characters Their world is often surprisingly cruel, but their gripping adventures are chronicled here This book is one that every reader needs to read, and it s really worth it.

    13. I must admit I am facing quite a struggle in trying to write this review Where to begin My response to Duncton Wood seems to have almost as many layers as the novel has pages, which is a bold claim I ll try to tackle it accordingly.To briefly sum up a 582 page novel, it is an allegory of the cycle of decay, destruction, and rebuilding of a civilization, tied up in grand adventure and a spiritual journey into the soul Oh, and it s about moles If Richard Adams Watership Down and Tolkien wrote a bo [...]

    14. Duncton Wood is a book I well remember coming out and about which I was a little scathing at the time Just another Watership Down rip off, I believe I said and there s some truth in that accusation, but only in the sense that any novel with anthropomorphic animals set in the English countryside and in which humanity plays only a tangential role is published in the long shadow of Richard Adam s masterpiece But Duncton Wood is than just a re tread of old ground, and its influences are wider too F [...]

    15. Duncton Wood is a Adventure Love story like no other It s the story of two Moles, Bracken and Rebecca, and the adventures they have as they try to protect Duncton Wood from Mandrake an outsider and oddly enough, Rebecca s father They must face the problems of mole life head on, while maintaining faith in the stone It s unfortunate that this novel is being compared with Watership Down, due to the fact that Watership Down, a great novel on it s own, falls short when compared against Duncton Wood T [...]

    16. Not many people in the US know of this book or even it s fairly prolific author , but it s well known and loved in Britain Horwood writes beautifully As with Watership Down, this story is on the surface about animals moles in this case but is really about a complex society, complete with moral, political, emotional, and religious aspects I remember how moved I was by this story when I read it There s a sacredness about it and you really care about the main characters It s not for young kids, as [...]

    17. A friend of mine loaned this to me in college in the 80s, having picked it up in England it wasn t published or available in the US until several years later It s a top rate anthropomorphic fantasy about moles it s quite a bit like Watership Down, though the mole community is perhaps a bit complex philosophically, but ultimately they re really moles, unlike some animal fantasies where the characters are essentially people in animal form A strong story of love I never finished the entire series [...]

    18. I picked this up with the intention of reading all six Duncton books, since it s been so long since I ve read them, but once I was nearing the end of this I found I wasn t really in the mood for the rest Maybe they re not as good as I remember or perhaps I just wasn t quite ready to settle down for an six book epic series about moles and religion I used to love this book, and it is still good, don t get me wrong, but I guess it takes a level of commitment I wasn t quite up for But if you re the [...]

    19. Quite possibly one of the best fictional books ever written More powerful than it has any right to be If you read it from the wrong mindset or point of view, I can see how it might not work as well, but for anyone who still holds out hope for a whimsical, powerful, unquenchable love, this book connects to your inner most longings and brings them powerfully to life Also, everybody in the book is a mole Yeah.

    20. I went in blind with this book, not knowing what to expect, and found a beautifully crafted world filled with many convincingly multidimensional characters and plenty of lore It occasionally fell flat for me in its execution there were times where the story called for suspension of disbelief than I could manage, was too romanticised for my tastes, or felt to be just flat out long winded or incohesive This however did not stop be from being drawn in and finding it hard to put the story down Alth [...]

    21. Well this is book is still great read it years ago in paper form.Such a great story its a classic I just love this book so glad i got to read it again

    22. FINALLY finished It s either taken me 2 years or 3 I ve lost count It became a question in the end of I m not going to let it beat me.Sort of Lord of the Rings for moles, and yes it s as weird as that sounds.

    23. I ve been reading this book slowly a few pages at a time for the last four years It feels very strange to have actually finished it Usually, if I like a book, I read it in a couple of days If I don t like a book I just fail to read it I ve never read another book like this one one that I enjoyed enough that I kept coming back to it, but that I felt no urgency to hurry through at all It was kind of peaceful And, I think, I will pick up a copy of the second one Perhaps in another four years, I ll [...]

    24. I would probably read this novel differently now than when I first read it, but my rating reflects my memory of Horwood s book as a life changing experience It was one of my first introductions to the magic of real faith, faith that surpasses words and doubts and restrictions, faith that transcends and makes transcendent There are five sequels, but this novel remains to my reading the centerpiece of the series.

    25. Similar to Watership Down, but with moles, this book demonstrates an excellently crafted world populated by moles not cutesy anthropomorphic ones but real ones that live and die among nature s often brutal indifference The author has crafted a believable and interesting mythology to go with the characters, and it is definitely worth reading.

    26. Next to Gone with the Wind this is my second favourite book of all time.Even though the characters are moles they are every bit as well drawn as human characters and I could get quite carried away by adjectives and superlatives in describing this book And for the record I didn t get on with Watership Down.

    27. This was so beautiful to me at the time, and I know when I reread it all the little Orwellian references to religion will come to the surface so easily in comparison There is something beautiful and sacred I will keep about Bracken and Boswell that I might not let myself completely come to terms with in the later generation.

    28. Better than I would have guessed for a book written like Lord of the Rings and about moles But at 730 pages, too long.

    29. Nothing short of an epic Yes, it s long and yes, it s about moles which doesn t sound too interesting Believe me, it definitely is Loved it.

    30. When evil and seemingly invincible warlord Mandrake takes over the peaceful community of Duncton and bans the people from their traditional worship at the Stone, it s the start of an epic quest for Bracken the Explorer and Rebecca the Healer, with battles, magic stones, plenty of sex, plotting, tragedy, a love story, rape, evil witches, good mystics and a fearsome monstrous Hound.It s very much in Game of Thrones territory , but all the characters are moles.Yes, moles I know.The story is set in [...]

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