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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reissue edition (30 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440484839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440484837
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,008,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lloyd Alexander is one of America's most distinguished authors. He has won the Newbery medal and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from Parents' Choice and another from the World Fantasy Convention. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 1997
Format: Paperback
I read it at six. I read it at sixteen. I read it at twenty-six. I read it at home. I read it wandering. At all times and all places, I have identified with Taran Wanderer more than any other literary character. I'm not excluding Shakespeare, the classics or modern novels.
Taran is a boy trying to become a human (it applies to girls just as much.) This is the beginning of all great mythology, as the late Joseph Campbell would have agreed. This boy travels through a world of magic swords, undead warriors and medieval villages. It is an escape. Or is it? Taran deals with truth, the true worth of himself and others, the search for meaning in a career and in life, the excitement and high price of violence and love. I AM Taran in 1997, as much as he is in an imaginary world. I bet a lot of you are, too.
Alexander never talks down to you, whether you are young or old. It is fun and meaningful. This fourth book of a wonderful five-book series is an excellent encapsulation of the entire series. This is not a book for adults or children. It is a book for people. A great one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
The Chronicles of Prydain, along with Lord of the Rings, was my introduction to literature and the beginning of my love of reading. I first read Taran Wanderer when I was about 8 years old, and it was by far my favorite. It was about growing up, being a kid, trying to reach adulthood, all in a fast paced fantasy adventure.
I have probably read the book fifteen to twenty times since then, and I learn more about myself and what is important to me every time I read it. Forget Narnia, I think this is the best children's book and series I have ever read. I plan to read it to my own children in the future, and I recommend it to any adult now. A superb book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan 1998
Format: Paperback
The fourth volume in Alexander's acclaimed *Chronicles of Prydain* deals more with basic human concepts than with heroism. Taran has done many brave deeds, but one thing remains. Taran is eager to learn of his parentage. When Orddu the witch suggests a journey to the Mirror of Llunet, Taran goes.
On the way, Taran learns many things: how to farm, how to smith, how to weave, the art of pottery, and the knowledge that luck is what you make out of simple things. He is no longer sure if he wants to visit the Mirror. Can Taran handle the truth of his lineage? More importantly, can he face what he truly is?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Jonsson on 15 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
Taran goes walkabout, to find out more of his ancestry, perhaps to find his true father. He meets new people and tries different
jobs, to find out what he was meant to do in this world.
He is a weaver, a shepherd and a blacksmith and still his heart yearns forever onwards. He learns that things are not all they seem to be, nor are some persons really who they claim to be, he discovers when he is brutally robbed of all his things.
He must also defeat the Evil of he forest before he learns more of himself.
A beautiful allegory of a young man's search for an identity, Taran Wanderer is a brilliant book for all, young or old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
The series turns more serious with this volume, as Taran begins to search out his place in the world, trying to find a family and a calling. Full of wonderful moments, great adventure, lyrical descriptions, and character growth. I can't recommend this series too highly; more accessible to younger readers than Lord of the Rings, it occupies the same region of High Fantasy, but never talks down to them or over their heads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a great book, perhaps the best in the Prydain Chronicles! Is was full of wisdom and love and ''a search of truth''. This is where Taran sort of ''grows up'' and learns that rank is of no matter to the judgement of a person. If you loved this book, you are sure to enjoy The High King as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 1998
Format: Paperback
This is perhaps the deepest of the Prydain Chronicles, as Taran learns to master his pride and selfishness. There is so much we can learn from Hevvyd, Dwyvvach, Annlaw as each in their own way describe life. It is my second favorite in the series, since here Taran becomes more than he was before and here we come face-to-face with our own pride and prejudices. This is a great book for kids and a must-read for adults. But read the other three first, otherwise this one looses some of its charm
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec 1997
Format: Paperback
This is the best of the Prydain Chronicles. It clearly shows how Taran matures from a stubborn boy into a thoughtful, courageous young man. The lessons he learns are full of truth for all people, but the book never preaches. It is full of common sense, humor, and good writing, and has plenty of action and mystery to counterbalance Taran's soul-searching. It is on a par with epics such as the Fellowship of the Ring. Read it.
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