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Cart and Cwidder (Dalemark Quartet) [Paperback]

Diana Wynne Jones
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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31 Mar 2001 Dalemark Quartet
"Cart and Cwidder" is the first in the best-selling Dalemark Quartet of books and tells the story of Moril and his brother and sister who are travelling musicians journeying through Dalemark, until one day they pick up a mysterious passenger. Somehow Moril's family and the stranger are becoming bound together in terror, flight, and music.* Diana Wynne Jones is an outstanding writer of fantasy. * The Dalemark Quartet books are for good readers who have enjoyed the Christopher Chant books by the same author. The books contain the same ability to immerse the reader with real child characters having magical adventures in an imaginary world. * Diana Wynne Jones has won the Guardian Award for fiction and has written over twenty novels in less than twenty years. * Diana Wynne Jones has a huge cult following of avid admirers.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (31 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192750836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192750839
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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At the age of eight Diana knew she was going to be a writer, it was as though someone tapped her on the shoulder and told her so. She started writing books and reading them to her sisters. Then she moved on to study at Oxford, where she met her future husband who encouraged her to attend the lectures of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Diana is an outstanding writer of fantasy and the Dalemark Quartet books are good for readers who have enjoyed the Christopher Chant books by the same author. Diana lives in Bristol, with her husband and three children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The first book in the Dalemark quartet. A wonderful set of characters in an all-too believable fantasy world. Not the usual set of goblins and dragons; instead we have decidedly human characters with recognisable problems. There is some magic, but it is subtly wrapped up in mysticism and music. Echoes of both Celtic and Scandanavian myth abound. The story overtly is of a family's flight from tyranny to safety in Northern lands. But it's really about growing up, about young Moril learning about himself, learning that first impressions of others are not always correct, and learning how to use his talents. In every way a wonderful adventure story that adults and children alike will love. And it's only the first of four!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Clever, funny, complex 23 May 2000
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Diana Wynne Jones NEVER talks down to kids in her books. Forget the Harry Potter books, Diana Wynne Jones started it all. cart and Cwidder is a brilliant example of this. A travelling musical family rove around the land of Dalemark living an almost normal life. Then it suddenly all goes wrong, and nothing is as it seems. A mysterious and powerful cwidder (which is a funny old type of guitar) falls into the hands of the youngest and he must learn to not only play it, but to stop it from playing him! His family, and the rest of the lands of Dalemark, rely on him.
This is a really good start to the Dalemark series, followed by Drowned Ammet, the Spllcoats, and finished by the Crown of Dalemark. Well worth getting into.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 16 May 2003
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The Dalemark Quartet is an absolute classic - what I like most about it is that the first three books seem to be totally unlinked except for being set in the same 'world' of Dalemark. They completely turn the standard sequential trilogy/quartet model on its head. The characters are different from book to book. They don't coexist in time. Each is a compelling and brilliantly written stand-alone novel, but....
When I came to the final novel in the quartet I was awe-struck by Wynne Jones's deft handling of the ideas across the books. The links the parallels and the cunning interconnectedness of all four books slowly and magically unfold before you. I would give anything to write so well, so surely and so winningly. Every child's bookshelves should hold this series.
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After the populist books of Eight Days of Luke and The Ogre Downstairs, Wynne Jones moved up a notch into fantasy.

As with all works of art, some people, who wanted more of the same populist drama, were left behind (me included).

Cart And Cwidder makes more demands of it's readers and can be a bit miasmic - if you buy into this sort of thing you'll probably end up as a contracts lawyer!
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