Duncton Stone (The book of silence) Paperback – 11 Oct 1993
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From the Back Cover
THE SEARCH FOR THE BOOK OF SILENCE CONCLUDES HERE
William Horwood's classic second Duncton trilogy now finds its triumphant and rousing completion.
But before scribemole Privet and the Stone followers she inspires can discover the truth of the lost and last 'Book of Silence', they must dare to give up everything they have, and more…
… yet even then it maybe that Privet will need your help as well, if she is finally to reach Duncton's fabled Stone.
Volume three of The Book of Silence.
"A magnificent achievement"
About the Author
Since the publication of ‘The Willows in Winter William Horwood has received letters from hundreds of readers thanking him for recapturing the spirit of Kenneth Grahame’s great work so faithfully. He is also the author of the two bestselling trilogies about the moles of Duncton Wood, and the new ‘The Wolves of Time series.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have read the other Duncton books then you will be aware that this is no cuddly tale of fluffy animals. This is probably the darkest book of all and contains some rather graphic descriptions of violence between the moles. However, once the middle chapters have passed, the mood does lighten considerably. As all works by this author, it is exceedingly well written, rich in character description and narrative. It is necessary to have read the first two volumes of the 'Book of Silence' trilogy as this doesn't work as a stand alone novel. This isn't light, holiday reading but it is a gripping tale which anyone who likes Watership Down will probably enjoy.
Horwood creates the world in his imagination but he makes it real by writing it down.
I was often very touched by his books en they could even bring me to tears.
It makes me very sad that I've just finished Duncton Stone, and so will never experience the pleasure again of reading them without knowing what will happen on the next page.
I shall miss reading them.
I recommend it to everyone who likes a true travelling story that has every aspect you search for in a book: adventure, battles, love,...
But know what you're in for when you start reading, cause you don't take up one of this books without getting sucked in.
I hope you enjoy it and may the stone be with you!
In this book, Privet is still in a state of Silence after the supposed death of both Rooster, her mate, and Whillan, her adopted son. The rest of moledom looks to her as an example of how to face the tyranny of the Newborn. Over the course of the novel we watch Quail's progress to a more spiritual state, and finally discover the whereabouts of Glee and Humlock.
I'll deal briefly with the good parts, since the bad still outweighs the good...
Horwood's biggest strength is still being able to produce decent characters on both sides of the conflict: we feel sympathy for Whillan; enjoy Rooster's muddled phraseology; adore Pumpkin and Fieldfare for the faithful and true characters they are. On the Newborn side we can enjoy the discovery of Thripp's true character; and deeply despise the evil characters of Quail and Snyde for their foul and noxious attributes. Thorne and Thripp, in particular, amply illustrate the fact that both good and evil can be found in one mole.
Horwood presents some good discussion on the nature of religion: where opposing sides in a conflict are in essence worshipping the same thing (here, the Stone). Parallels can be drawn with Protestants and Catholics in medieval England.
There is also a decent treatise on wars and how to end them without force and revenge in order to avoid a self-perpetuating cycle of retaliation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked the first book so bought the whole set - not read them all yetPublished 2 months ago by Mark Blackburn
Fantastic book. Very intense and emotionally stirring. Its a real classic.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer