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Elidor (Cascades) Hardcover – 1 Mar 1993


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Educational; New edition edition (1 Mar 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0003300870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0003300871
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,416,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Garner was born in Congleton, Cheshire, in 1934. His began writing his first novel at the age of 22 and is renowned as one of Britain's outstanding writers. He has won many prizes for his writing, and, in 2001 he was awarded the OBE for services to literature. He holds two honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In 2004 he co-founded The Blackden Trust http://www.theblackdentrust.org.uk/

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“A beautiful work of poetic imagination, it deserves to become a classic of fantasy.”
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This new edition of Alan Garner's classic includes a special "Why You'll Love This Book" introduction from bestselling author, Jonathan Stroud.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although Elidor is usually classified as a Children's book and is indeed fairly short and easy to read, it will astound readers of any age. I first read this book at the age of ten and have re-read it on a regular basis over the last 30 years!
The plot is essentially a classic tale of Good against Evil where the fate of a whole world is held in the hands of four ordinary children.
However, what makes it so special is the way the Author intermingles our everyday, ordinary world (in this case, the back streets of Manchester) with the mystical world of Elidor. Characters, objects and magic "leak out" of one world into the other, making it quite a scary read for children , but by the the same score, totally captivating. At the end of the story you are left with the feeling that there really might be other worlds just beyond our vision.
If you have enjoyed this story you may well enjoy other books by Alan Garner, such as "The Weird Stone of Brisingamen" "The Moon of Gomrath" and "The Owl Service" where the theme of a more magical and mystical world lying just below the surface of our ordinary lives, is again explored.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kirkpatrick on 31 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
When I was nine (back in the dim, distant past that we'll refer to as 1968) I had a teacher called Mrs McEke. She was a strict disciplinarian but she probably needed to be given that her class was full of little oiks from the local council estate (like me!). Mrs McEke used to spend the last half-hour of every school day reading to us. She loved language and was a wonderful orator, bringing the stories to life through the strength of her vocal delivery.

Given that we were only nine she made some fairly ambitious choices; The Hobbit, The War of the Worlds, The Silver Sword, The Railway Children and even John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (definitely left-field). However I will always be indebted to her for choosing to read Alan Garner's Elidor.

Elidor had only been published in 1965, so at that stage it was a fairly contemporary novel. Although Garner was ostensibly writing for children the book had some very adult themes. It was a brave Mrs McEke that tried to illustrate symbolism to a bunch of largely disinterested nine year olds. However she would probably be delighted to learn that some forty-four years on at least one of her pupils still remembers the symbolic importance of the sword, the spear, the stone and the cauldron.

I was completely entranced by the tale of four children and their rusty relics, which opened a gateway to another world. It seemed like a cool and edgy version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" but set in the real world, or at least a world that I could identify with.

We used to have a travelling library van that visited the estate every Monday evening, and I managed to obtain a copy of Elidor and raced through it in advance of Mrs McEke's reading so that I was always one step ahead of her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Fantasy on 19 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It is an ideal choice for Key stage 2 readers, as it is not overlong or complicated in plot. It begins with the familiar; moving house, a city setting and the characters being children which can be easily related to. It had a balance of reality, intrigue, suspense, danger and magic. Well worth a read-whatever your age!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Dunn on 17 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
If you think this is formula fantasy with four children charged with four magical treasures who overcome foes, and adult disbelief, to eventually triumph as heroes and save the fantasy land you would be very, very, very wrong......really can't say more without spoiling it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Jones on 14 Mar 2008
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As a reader of children's fantasy, this book is a revelation. It follows so few of the conventions that its novelty makes it a page turner. The gritty slums of contemporary Manchester provide most of the background, and the deserted fantasy land provides the rest, both imbued with real ambience. The earlier Garner books, though great to read, feel pale and clichéd by comparison. The book enthrals and keeps you guessing from literally the first page to the very last sentence, which left me hungry for more.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar 2001
Format: Hardcover
Elidor is not at all like the "Weirdstone..." books, rather it owes a lot more to the "Owl Service", i.e. far more mystical and mysterious. This does not take away from the book itself though, which is very readable, and takes the reader away to places beyond the immagination. It is unlike the "Owl Service" however, as the book is far easier to read, and the narrative far less locked up in the mystery of the book.
All of his books are on my "must read" list though, along with Harry Potter, David Eddings,Terry Brookes, and Stephen Lawhead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Book on 12 April 2013
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These are quite simply great books of their kind, and they more than stand comparison with Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Susan Cooper and suchlike. They have a timeless appeal to children from around 8 to 13, both because of the magic and adventure that they contain, and also because they are grounded in what feel like real lives and what are indeed real places.

Of all the books I read when I was that age, these are the ones which I remember finding most thrilling (particularly the scenes in which Colin and Susan are lost in the mines), and I vividly recall wanting to visit the locations around Alderley Edge in Cheshire where the first two books are set. The mere fact that this was possible seemed to make the stories so much more satisfactory than stories about Narnia and Middle-Earth.

I read the books to my children at a similar age with equal enjoyment, and doing so inspired me to write my own contribution to the genre, a children's adventure set on Sark in the Channel Islands (The Isle is Full of Voices, which is available through Amazon for the Kindle).
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