Over Sea, Under Stone Library Binding – 1 Oct 1999
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"Beautifully told...superbly written." -- "New York Times" on The Dark Is Rising Sequence --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
The first thrilling book in the classic The Dark Is Rising sequence. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
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On a miserable rainy day at the beginning of their holiday, the children decide to make an adventure of exploring the house where they are staying. Locked cabinets, chests and personal papers are out of bounds but they are free to explore the rest of the house as they like. In real Enid Blyton style they soon discover a secret stairway hidden behind a large heavy wardrobe in the boys' bedroom... and off they go to explore.... An ancient treasure map soon emerges & the children have found an adventure for their holiday... secrets to discover.
But are they out of their depth? They don't seem to be the only people chasing after hidden treasure. Soon, they find an ally in Great-Uncle-Merry & Rufus, the dog... but can they reach the treasure before the sour Mr & Miss Withers, the rude ruddy-faced boy, Billy and the man they think is the vicar?!!
A good, innocent, Famous-Five-style adventure story (first published In 1965), with just a hint of Arthurian legend & magic thrown in. From reading other reviews, it sounds as though the magic & legend are developed in the rest of the series, so here I guess just the foundations are laid. The children are all very cheery, optimistic, happy-go-lucky, although individual characters aren't developed at all in the story. Well-written, with more depth than an Enid Blyton story, lacks pace in a few places but overall recommended.
When, during a vacation in today's Cornwall, the Drew children discover an old manuscript in the attic of their rented house, they suddenly find themselves involved in an exciting and dangerous quest. Their very lives are jeopardized as they search for the grail, the one antidote to the power of evil called the Dark. Their Great Uncle Merry is on their side, but much of what he knows he isn't telling.
Ms. Cooper's prose is both concise and thrilling; Mr. Jennings's reading is superb.
- Great-Uncle Merry ("Gummery")
"So therefore, I trust it to this land, over sea and under stone, and I mark here the signs by which the proper man, in the proper place, may know where it lies..."
- from a certain manuscript
I recommend the unabridged audio edition read by Alex Jennings (who played Nevil the junior solicitor in the 1988 TV adaptation of THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR). I enjoy hearing what the Cornish dialect sounds like; Jennings has a very pleasant voice and works at making the characters distinct.
This first volume of the five book series THE DARK IS RISING can stand on its own; I read it years before learning that it had sequels and didn't feel cheated.
The entire series features six principal characters, four of whom are introduced here: the three Drew children (Simon, Jane, and Barney) and their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry, a distinguished scholar of history and legend (especially King Arthur). The kids can hardly believe that the unpredictable Gummery, usually far away on digs or at university, will be with them for an entire month's holiday in Trewissick, a seacoast village in Cornwall where their artist mother has come to paint and their father to fish.Read more ›
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Not as skilfully written as The Dark is Rising but a good read with plenty of Cornish atmosphere and tense battle between good and evil.Published 7 months ago by Akin
Over Sea, Under Stone was written as a pastiche of E. Nesbit adventure stories, and that's what it reads like. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bernard O'Leary
I first read Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising books when I was in primary school, and I've been a huge fan of them ever since. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andrew Knighton
A classic. I just returned to it having recommended it to a friend, and then realised that it had been ages since I'd read it myself. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Clements
another in the series of the Dark is Rising. Very atmosphericPublished 22 months ago by S. A. Griffiths