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Under Plum Lake [Hardcover]

Lionel Davidson
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Book Description

Oct 1980
UNDER PLUM LAKE is a kid's book that also wowed the adults that read it. Right from the opening lines the reader is drifted into a world suffused with poignant melancholy and a sense of loss. LIONEL DAVIDSON (1922-2009) was much admired bu his fellow writers - Graham Greene, Rebecca West, Frederic Forsyth and Philip Pulman among them. He wrote eight adult novels, winning the Gold Dagger award for crime thrillers an unprecedented three times.He also wrote children's books under the name of David Line. But the eerily evocative UNDER PLUM LAKE stands alone. A genuine one-off. Originally published in 1980 this is a new edition from Reinkarnation.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf (Oct 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394512529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394512525
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,442,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars JD Salinger on acid 22 Jan 2009
I first read this at the age of ten and have waited twenty five years to get my hands on a copy. Now my seven year old son is enthralled.
It's much more than a fantasy novel; it makes you look at the world in a completely new way. It starts off as something of an adventure, but then touches on ecology, philosophy, spirituality, quantum physics, the purpose of life and even the nature of God.
It's narrated in jerky, staccato prose by a teenage protagonist alienated from the world by his experiences. Davidson's achievements are both to render this alternate world totally believable, and to structure the book so that it's almost impossible to put it down at the end of each chapter.
It's something of a virus - once you've read it, you'll never forget what it describes. You'll feel, like the narrator, that you had these experiences once upon a time, and that if only you could remember how, you too could go back to Plum Lake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 27 Dec 1998
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This is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Lionel Davidson sweeps his readers off their feet and into an unimaginable land of the future. A fantastic book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master 28 Feb 2012
I love Lionel Davidson - The Rose of Tibet and Kolymsky Heights are my favourites; and this 'kids' book did not disappoint.

A must for any youngster from ten to one-hundred-and-ten.

I wish he was still around and writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Tale 26 April 2007
I read this as a child and never forgot it. Recently I dug it out again and read it as an adult and it still holds that magic. It is one of those books, I suppose because it is written for children, that just seems to be over too quickly, as it is just so enjoyable. It plays with hidden realities just beyond our reach, with fun possibilities that are of the substance that daydreams are made of. It really is not like anything else I've ever read.
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