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Little known masterpiece
on 8 March 2010
Duncton Wood is a novel that verges on perfection. This harrowing and beautiful work tells an epic tale of the nature of good and evil and enduring love. Duncton Wood is one of those rare books that can make you both laugh and cry. It's superbly plotted and the twists and turns of the narrative are shocking and heart rending. The descriptions of the landscape are evocative and the characters are truly memorable. Even the minor players will stay with you for years to come.
So why such a fine book currently out of print? Presumably because the main characters are moles. If Horwood had only set his story in some ancient or post-apocalyptic human subterranean community, Duncton Wood would be one of the most critically acclaimed books today.
But that doesn't change the brilliance of this novel. Suffice to say there can't be many out-of-print novels which have so many positive reviews as this one.
Duncton Wood is much, much more than an obscure cult classic and is undoubtedly one of the best novels I've ever read.