Duncton Wood Hardcover – 1 Mar 1980
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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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
an ok book but not really for me as it is too obscure with moles that dont really have a leader unlike the Brian Jaques booksPublished 1 month ago by D. M. Greenfields
This is a masterpiece of epic fantasy told from a mole's point of view. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended!Published 9 months ago by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
Who would have thought that reading a story involving moles could be so good.Published 12 months ago by Gill Munday
As expected, used books are defo the way to go! Arrived on time, as described, would highly recommendPublished 13 months ago by Karen Stradling