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Duncton Wood Hardcover – 1 Mar 1980

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; Second impression of First edition edition (Mar. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070304343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070304345
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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.
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Everything I could say about this book has already been said; I think it is a lovely read and I was sad to finish it. Then I was pleased to look on here and discover that there are more!
My main reason for reviewing here is to complain that the "product description" for this book is grossly unfair. It's not a description of the story for the benefit of a new reader, it's a hatchet job review by somebody who clearly disliked the book for whatever reason. All of the subsequent reviews show that the reading public love this book, so why is the author stuck with such a nasty, biased review serving as the Amazon introduction to this great book?
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Format: Hardcover
I read the original Duncton wood when it came out and the subsequent books as they came out.

Nothing can prepare you for the depth, complexity, and pure emotional attachment of these books. Ok, for some people the characters being moles may be offputting .. I know that when ever I enthuse to friend about this series their eyes glaze over when I get to that part. But dont be put off, these are very deep, emotional and spiritual books about love, obsession, corruption and community. When you have read these, books about Hobbits and Goblins will seem silly and shallow!

William Horwoods style is quite unique, I have never read any other book where you are never quite sure whether a character you have started to really relate to and enjoy, will suddenly meet a grizzley end.

Horwood also has the ability to create some of the most evil characters ever imaginable... for those of you know .. Mandrake!! and yet you understood why they had become how they were, and felt sympathy and understanding for them ... a unique talent.

I would say that these are not for children, I read the first at 15, which is about right.

These books have a rare beauty and special quality about them that cannot be put into words ... if you want a quick read to get you into Horwood, buy his biography ' the boy with no shoes ' this documents his austere, troubled childhood and illustrates his relationships with various people, his mother ( shades of Mandrake!!) Grandmother (love of life and caring nature) Mr Bubbles ( at one with nature ).. it is very remaniscent of the style of Duncton and obviously a factor in its existence
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A romance! An epic romance between moles! Sounds daft at first glance, right? But when I first picked this novel up as a teenager, it became impossible to put down. Like Watership Down, which led me into these tales of moles, it had a story and a purpose and a great deal of life and love woven into its pages. Like an excellent Sci-fi or fantasy novel, it created a world all of its own, rich in history and custom and with a nod towards what it means to even be English in some way. It still moves me to tears of joy and sadness to this day, as do most of Mr Horwoods books.

It appears to be out of print currently, and that's a great shame. A very talented and kind writer like this should never be wasted. Buy this or buy the Stonor Eagles or Skallagrigg where you can.
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Format: Paperback
A wonderful beginning to the first Duncton trilogy, The Duncton Chronicles, Duncton Wood tells the moving story of a system under threat from a new and dangerous religion, of the courage and love between moles, and of the fight between right and wrong. A book to be read, a type of Watership Down with moles, but better, and more gripping. Don't miss it!
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First read this book as i was around 18 years old and loved it.
Knowing not everything you like as a teenager still seems as good when you are older i was not sure if it would be worth re-reading now 30 years later.
I should not have worried.It is still one of the best books i have ever read and i have read alot of books in my life.
Don't be put off that it is a book about moles. It is by no means a childrens book and although it is often compared to Lord of the Rings, the only similarity is that Horwood and Tolkien are both great storytellers.
Everything in life is a matter if taste so recommending anything to someone else is always difficult but if you have at least a little imagination and are open to the idea that moles could have a society, then you will love this book.
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