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The Complete Pegana: All the Tales Pertaining to the Fabulous Realm of Pegana (Call of Cthulhu) [Paperback]

Edward John Moreton Dunsany , S. T. Joshi
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13 Jun 2006 Call of Cthulhu
Lord Dunsany's Tales of the Fabulous Realm of Pegana.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chaosium Inc. (13 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568821905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568821900
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WALLS ARE MELTING AGAIN!!!! 28 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
OK.... where to begin...? It's weird. VERY weird.
The Complete Pagana is a book of mythology from some other world, and reads like African or Native American fables, ("So-and-so went to the sea and asked...." etc.). There are a number of characters (godlings) and I often found myself going, "What? Who?" after reading a section.
I won't lie to you: I picked this book up because it was Chaosium Fiction, so I assumed it would be C'thulhu-like. I was wrong; the only similarity is that The Complete Pegana also deals with the impact of gods among mortals. I'm not a quick reader, and this book took me a lot longer than it should have.
But that's my only complaint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Wonders 21 July 2000
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Many of Dunsany's most eerie and effective stories are collected in this excellent collection. TIME AND THE GODS is probably his single best work, and all of the stories from that long out-of-print masterpiece are to be found here. This should be enough to persuade Dunsany enthusiasts in favor of this volume.
For those who haven't read Dunsany, he is one of fantasy's true masters; many have imitated his archaic, elaborate style, but none have succeeded in capturing the peculiar Dunsany magic without being artificial. Dunsany's strange meditations on time, destiny, prophecy, and fate are reminiscent of Borges, and his prose is rich and (as noted) perilous to imitate.
S. T. Joshi's introduction somehow makes it seem as if Dunsany's chief merit were his influence on Lovecraft, but it is more correct to say that Lovecraft's chief merit is his influence on others, while Dunsany remains a neglected literary master, one of the few writers ever to capture wonder and mystery at their most elemental in wrappings of elaborate, aristocratic prose.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Lovely Pegana 24 Nov 1999
By James Glass - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dunsany is a master of language and of myth. Reading his prose reminds me of listening to Bach; seeing light through stained-glass windows.
Anything by Dunsany (John Edward Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord Dunsany) is worth reading; the Complete Pegana is exceptional. There is something in Dunsany's construction of an alternate world of gods and men, of the Great god, who made the world and then slept; and the lesser gods, who fear the Creator will someday awake...which resonates with other great human myths. Lord Dunsany never fails to delight.
This is fantasy for grown-ups; not too sweet. Thought provoking and original, with timeless themes and characters that evoke something fundamental.
This is one book I'd take with me to the proverbial desert island.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A credible mythology - great early modern fantasy 9 Sep 1999
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Lord Dunsany was one of the key figures in the development of modern fantasy and this book gives a rare chance to see where it all began. It presents the entire contents of two books - "The Gods of Pegana" (1905) and "Time and the Gods", along with three excellent related stories. Pegana offers a genuine artifical mythology, in wonderful, sonorous language - if you enjoy reading myths and legends, you'll probably enjoy this. The first volume consists of short, spare tales from the beginning of the world on, looking even to the end. Many of the stories in the second volume are more elaborate, as are the three linked "Beyond the Fields We Know" pieces, which are among Dunsany's finest work. Reading "Idle Days on the Yann", for example, it is not hard to feel yourself drifting along as the narrator voyages through strange and wonder-full lands. This is a very welcome publication - the author can be very hard to find in print - and a great read. Hopefully readers will feel inspired to try some of Lord Dunsany's later collections and books - "The King of Elfland's Daughter", for example, is just back in print.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy literature at its roots. 27 Jun 2011
By Jose L. F. Cardoso - Published on Amazon.com
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If you enjoyed Tolkien's prose for its lyric imaginary you surely love Dunsany. These are the roots of the modern fantasy genre and it's amazing the depth, beauty and dream-like atmosphere of Dunsany's creations; all that without drawn out descriptions or tiring dialogues. These are short tales, more reminiscent of Arabian Nights and even fairy tales, although punctuated by the author's strong impressions on religion and the place of man on the world.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WALLS ARE MELTING AGAIN!!!! 28 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
OK.... where to begin...? It's weird. VERY weird.
The Complete Pagana is a book of mythology from some other world, and reads like African or Native American fables, ("So-and-so went to the sea and asked...." etc.). There are a number of characters (godlings) and I often found myself going, "What? Who?" after reading a section.
I won't lie to you: I picked this book up because it was Chaosium Fiction, so I assumed it would be C'thulhu-like. I was wrong; the only similarity is that The Complete Pegana also deals with the impact of gods among mortals. I'm not a quick reader, and this book took me a lot longer than it should have.
But that's my only complaint.
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