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Cart and Cwidder (Puffin Books) Paperback – 25 May 1978

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (25 May 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140310185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140310184
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,096,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR DIANA WYNNE JONES:

“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
Publishers Weekly

“The best writer of magic there is”
Neil Gaiman

“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter”
The Bookseller

PRAISE FOR HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE:

“Imaginative and terribly funny ”
Michael Morpurgo
The Telegraph – 100 Best Books a Child Should Read

“Wit and humor glint from the pages"
The Horn Book

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About the Author

At the age of eight Diana knew she was going to be a writer, it was as though someone tapped her on the shoulder and told her so. She started writing books and reading them to her sisters. Then she moved on to study at Oxford, where she met her future husband who encouraged her to attend the lectures of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Diana is an outstanding writer of fantasy and the Dalemark Quartet books are good for readers who have enjoyed the Christopher Chant books by the same author. Diana lives in Bristol, with her husband and three children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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The Dalemark Quartet is an absolute classic - what I like most about it is that the first three books seem to be totally unlinked except for being set in the same 'world' of Dalemark. They completely turn the standard sequential trilogy/quartet model on its head. The characters are different from book to book. They don't coexist in time. Each is a compelling and brilliantly written stand-alone novel, but....
When I came to the final novel in the quartet I was awe-struck by Wynne Jones's deft handling of the ideas across the books. The links the parallels and the cunning interconnectedness of all four books slowly and magically unfold before you. I would give anything to write so well, so surely and so winningly. Every child's bookshelves should hold this series.
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The first book in the Dalemark quartet. A wonderful set of characters in an all-too believable fantasy world. Not the usual set of goblins and dragons; instead we have decidedly human characters with recognisable problems. There is some magic, but it is subtly wrapped up in mysticism and music. Echoes of both Celtic and Scandanavian myth abound. The story overtly is of a family's flight from tyranny to safety in Northern lands. But it's really about growing up, about young Moril learning about himself, learning that first impressions of others are not always correct, and learning how to use his talents. In every way a wonderful adventure story that adults and children alike will love. And it's only the first of four!
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Diana Wynne Jones NEVER talks down to kids in her books. Forget the Harry Potter books, Diana Wynne Jones started it all. cart and Cwidder is a brilliant example of this. A travelling musical family rove around the land of Dalemark living an almost normal life. Then it suddenly all goes wrong, and nothing is as it seems. A mysterious and powerful cwidder (which is a funny old type of guitar) falls into the hands of the youngest and he must learn to not only play it, but to stop it from playing him! His family, and the rest of the lands of Dalemark, rely on him.
This is a really good start to the Dalemark series, followed by Drowned Ammet, the Spllcoats, and finished by the Crown of Dalemark. Well worth getting into.
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After the populist books of Eight Days of Luke and The Ogre Downstairs, Wynne Jones moved up a notch into fantasy.

As with all works of art, some people, who wanted more of the same populist drama, were left behind (me included).

Cart And Cwidder makes more demands of it's readers and can be a bit miasmic - if you buy into this sort of thing you'll probably end up as a contracts lawyer! Sorry, it didn't do much for me.
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