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WISH [Kindle Edition]

M. Tolkien
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Book Description

Farmers in their alpine valley are haunted by Fængler, a cunning old enchanter, who ruins their lives by using an ancient wishing chain of powerful stones to spoil crops and steal children, cows and goats.

Young Berwald and his sister Clara set out, without their parents knowing, to climb into the next valley, seize the chain, free their neighbourhood of fear, and wish for whatever they want. But they soon learn that the wild world beyond their home is full of strange forces – some good, some dark and twisted – and almost every wish they make adds new complications and disagreements.

Who can rescue them from this fearful and dangerous adventure? Before Adam, their angry and worried father, can reach them, he must learn to follow seemingly useless leads, and to listen carefully to the tale that lies behind the villain’s bitterness.

A timeless fantasy tale given new life and enchantment in this vivid retelling in verse.

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Book Description

The story of one family’s attempt to survive and combat the destruction meted out on their alpine farm by an embittered, stunted old man who has learnt to abuse a necklace of power to ruin growth, happiness and joy in people’s lives and in the natural world. Unexpected relief comes from the impulsive journey of two children, who nearly lose everything in their determination to quell this evil.

About the Author

Born in Birmingham in 1943, Michael Tolkien grew up in South Oxfordshire and North Yorkshire. He studied classics and English at St Andrews and Oxford. He has lived in Rutland since 1968 and was a secondary school teacher until early retirement in 1994. Since 1998 his verse has been published in two booklets and five full collections, most recently in 2012. His work has been widely and favourably reviewed. Two of his major themes are deceptive appearances and the conflict of active and contemplative approaches to life. This is also apparent in his recent narrative verse adaptations of Florence Bone’s now largely forgotten fantasy fiction for children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 47932 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2G8UR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #732,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Tolkien's verse has been published in many magazines and several collections. He was selected by the poets Geoffrey Holloway and Patricia Pogson as a runner-up in the Redbeck Press small collection competition in 1997, and his 33 poems appeared in a pamphlet: Learning Not To Touch. In 1998 he took part in a New Voices reading tour organised by East Midlands Arts. A further pamphlet, Reaching For A Stranger, was published by Shoestring Press in 1999. There followed three full collections from Redbeck: Outstripping Gravity (2000), Exposures (2003),Taking Cover (2005). In 2006 he read in various venues with Arts Council funded project group, Inky Fish. Poetry Salzburg has recently published a fourth collection: No Time for Roses (2009)

He has also written a 2000 line verse fantasy, WISH, for younger readers, illustrated by his wife, the artist Rosemary Tolkien. It is published by AuthorHouse (2010) and available there or through Amazon and Waterstones. An audio version of this, recorded by Gerald Dickens, is available as a download from Spoken Word Network.
His work has been reviewed favourably and in detail in several magazines, and his own reviews have appeared in a variety of outlets over the years, including Acumen,Agenda and Ambit.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting tale 9 Mar. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
WISH is a memorable tale of two children as they wander off in search of Fængler, a cunning drawf who has plagued a small community in a mountainous village for many years. The story is both enchanting and haunting, written in a similar tradition to the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales, expect in verse through Mr Tolkien's skillful rendition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This Story 17 Mar. 2013
By Dena - Published on
Wish is similar in many ways to Michael Tolkien's other book, Rainbow. The children can speak to flowers, birds, and insects through a language they forget as they grow up. It is also similar to Tolkien's grandfather's series, The Lord of the Rings in a few ways. The children embark on a journey to recover a magical piece of jewelry (in this case, a necklace) that will give the owner power and wealth. This necklace was discovered at the bottom of a pond by Faengler, a miserable, ugly old man. It reminds me of Gollum and the Ring.

In spite of these similarities, Wish is a unique fairy tale of the heart. Through the children's journey, we learn that only true kindness and selfless desires will bring about the defeat of their enemy. Their father eventually comes after them and learns this lesson quickly. He must relearn the language of the forest and follow the guidance given to him by seemingly less than reliable sources.

Since I read both Rainbow and Wish, I can't help but compare the two a little bit. They are both retellings of Florence Bone's old stories and both written in narrative verse, but I must admit that I enjoyed Wish a bit more. There is more adventure and action, and Tolkien's writing shines through. While Rainbow seemed to be directed at an older audience, I think Wish appeals to a broader audience.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to get for children, or those who still have child like wonder. 21 Mar. 2013
By Michael W Buehler - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you want a book to read at night to your children, this may be the book.
It has a very smooth verbal flow, and is very similar to classic fairy tales.
It is a very good story of how two brave children go off on an adventure.

The artwork in the book is large and very well done.
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