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Under Plum Lake Hardcover – Oct 1980


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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sleepyvinny on 26 April 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 1999
This story unfolds gently, casting reflections here and there to tempt the reader, to caress them closer so that they may leave knowing that they have a fantastic child within their spirit. It explores the close connection between imagination and reality, between memory and experience. A beautiful tome of inspiration which lacks only the recognition it deserves, woven adeptly into a childlike vision of other worlds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 1998
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
I first read this book when I was about 11, and I enjoyed it loads. Re-reading it 13 years later, there is so much more I can pick up on. It is a beautifully written book, which brings the boy's fantasy alive - but it's not just a fantasy book - there is much which touches the reader in elegant and delicate ways.
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