The Little Country Paperback – 7 Apr 2001
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"A keeper, intricate and entertaining...I read it straight through in one sitting!" --Robert Jordan
"What a great, galloping wonder of a book--deep and wide and witty and wise. And absolutely impossible to put down." --Jane Yolen
"A must for all connoisseurs of high imagination." --Greg Bear
"A masterful blend of the sinister and the fantastic." --Julian May
"An intricately structured novel, full of a wealth of detail about music, Cornwall, and things magical and arcane. I think it is one of de Lint's best." --Patricia McKillip
A keeper, intricate and entertaining...I read it straight through in one sitting! "Robert Jordan"
What a great, galloping wonder of a book--deep and wide and witty and wise. And absolutely impossible to put down. "Jane Yolen"
A must for all connoisseurs of high imagination. "Greg Bear"
A masterful blend of the sinister and the fantastic. "Julian May"
An intricately structured novel, full of a wealth of detail about music, Cornwall, and things magical and arcane. I think it is one of de Lint's best. "Patricia McKillip""
About the Author
Born in Holland in 1951, Charles de Lint grew up in Canada, with a few years off in Turkey, Lebanon, and Switzerland.
Although his first novel was 1984's "The Riddle of the Wren," it was with" Moonheart," published later that same year, that de Lint made his mark, and established him at the forefront of "urban fantasy," modern fantasy storytelling set on contemporary city streets. " Moonheart "was set in and around "Newford," an imaginary modern North American city, and many of de Lint's subsequent novels have been set in Newford as well, with a growing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the stories. The Newford novels include" Spirit Walk, Memory and Dream, Trader, Someplace To Be Flying, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, "and" Spirits in the Wires." In addition, de Lint has published several collections of Newford short stories, including "Moonlight and Vines," for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are "Mulengro, Jack the Giant-Killer, "and" The Little Country."
Married since 1980 to his fellow musician MaryAnn Harris, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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I think that the biggest problem is that this is a "book within a book" project, and it's really a "good book within a bad book" project. By that I mean that the fantasy book that is the magical heart of the work is very good and very satisfying. As a stand-alone novella or short novel it would be outstanding. In fact, I would recommend that if you find yourself in possession of "The Little Country" you just read every other chapter, (which would be all of the excerpts from the mystery book).
As for the larger work that frames the whole story, it is a stew of tired conventions. There is a psychotic assassin whose carefully described love of torture is freakishly out of place here. There is an incoherently described secret society of powerful whatchamacallits that is laughably childish. The heroine is of the freeze-in-the-headlights variety, and the hero is so conflicted and indecisive that he is a cypher. Probably worst, every time the protagonists can't figure what is happening or what to do, they visit a wise hermit, or a witch, or a mysterious stranger, who explains the plot to them, tells them all of the facts and developments he has "sensed" or divined, and then tells them all what to do next. This is not even mentioning the goofy secondary characters who are either idiots or shallow whiners, or the sex zombie dust that generates sex scenes explicit enough to keep this off the middle grade reader shelf.
So, if you took a low quality airport bookstore paperback thriller and mixed it in with a wonderful and compelling fantasy story, you'd get this. I'm sorry.
Persevere, and soon events overtake the protagonists and they are forced to be a little less noble, little more flawed, realistic, human.
An unusual work in a genre so often riddled with cliches, it reminded me slightly of Jan Siegel's 'Prospero's children'. It is also long, which is great if, like me, you are a fast reader but want to be absorbed for a little longer than the couple of hours or so it takes to read a short novel.
I've just finished reading this book, and although I enjoyed it, it's definitely not on a par with "Moonheart", in my opinion. My main gripe was that the main characters seem almost too peachy-perfect with their wonderful friends and relationships. My other grumble was that there are two storylines set in the same town in this book, and I found myself waiting for the two to converge, and they never actually did. This left me almost wondering whether CDL had taken two short stories from the same setting and just put them into one book. That having been said, the fantasy elements of both storylines were authentic and original, and I enjoyed the book enough that I read it in just two sittings, which is unusual for me.
"The Little Country" isn't one of those novels that I will treasure and read over and over again in years to come, but it was an enjoyable read, with both storylines containing an original and interesting plot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I imagine this book will be as enthralling as Moonheart. Both books were delivered on time. Looking forward to settling down to a new "reality" via Charles de LintPublished 7 months ago by AmIsis
I've read and enjoyed a few books by this author, but this long and rambling tale - or rather two tales, admittedly cleverly linked - really wore my patience. Read morePublished on 18 July 2014 by Archy
This one was recommended by Amanda, though Liz vociferously agreed I should read it, especially when they learned I'd never read anything by Charles de Lint. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2012 by Mieneke van der Salm
I was introduced to Charles de Lint with Widdershins - Little Country easily matches this with it's wholly believable, magickal storylines - I can't praise him highly enough. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2011 by SouthernSkylark
This is an absolutely fabulous little tale that really stretches the imagination. I am a Charles De Lint fan and this book stands all by itself as a very good reason why. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2002 by Jc Beuford-willis
Alternate chapters intermingle two story lines, which, for me, made it an even harder book to put down. I enjoyed the interplay of the stories and the resolution at the end. Read morePublished on 28 July 1999