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Elidor Paperback – 23 Oct 2014
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‘Each detail, ordinary or sinister, establishes atmosphere, background or character exactly. Elidor is a remarkable book: intelligent, rich and terrifying.’
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Roland, Helen, Nicholas and David, four Manchester children, are led into Elidor, a twilight world almost destroyed by fear and darkness. On a gloomy day in Manchester, Roland, Helen, Nicholas and David are lured into a ruined church, where the fabric of time and place is weak enough to allow them into the twilight world of Elidor. It is a place almost destroyed by fear and darkness, and the children are charged with guarding its Treasures while a way is sought to save the dying land. Then the evil forces find a path through to this world! This new edition of Alan Garner's classic includes a special "Why You'll Love This Book" introduction from bestselling author, Jonathan Stroud.See all Product description
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The story is loosely based on a combination of tales from British folklore, including Childe Roland from the English, four of the castles from Irish folklore, and the land of Elidor has Welsh origins.
My children first introduced me to this book when it was brought home from the school library, and of course we needed to buy our own copy to read, and reread, and reread again. Thirty years on and I've now replaced that much loved and totally worn out one with this fresh copy!
I strongly recommend this for children of all ages, partly because it is so well written that adults can appreciate it just as much, partly because as a bedtime story the pictures on the insides of the eyelids are in full colour, and partly because the urge to find out what happen next is a spur to children reading it themselves.
This is one of Alan Garner's more accessible stories, and is a perfect introduction to fantasy, and a sense that what we see around us is not all there is to know.
As children grow, they might move on to The aforementioned Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath. And eventually on to Red Shift and finally Boneland.
This reading took me back to my teenage bedroom, just as excited no w as I was then.
Great book that I now look forward to introducing my grandchildren to.
Although aimed at younger readers, Elidor has an ageless appeal - I love the way it evoke the grim and grimy feel of seventies Britain - and links it well to a fantasy world that is slowly dying.
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