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Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain) Paperback – 30 Sep 2005
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"There is no paucity of daring forays, wicked enchanters, tiny people, desperate fights, et cetera; there is in fact all of the color and adventure one expects in the land of fantasy." --The Bulletin
"Through fantasy, that struggle for self-knowledge becomes clear." --School Library Journal
"Alexander's books remain my sentimental favorites.... And "Taran Wanderer" is the volume that thrilled me the most." --Greg Pak, NewsARama.com--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Lloyd Alexander is one of America's most distinguished authors. He has won the Newbery medal and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from Parents' Choice and another from the World Fantasy Convention.
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Taran is a boy trying to become a human (it applies to girls just as much.) This is the beginning of all great mythology, as the late Joseph Campbell would have agreed. This boy travels through a world of magic swords, undead warriors and medieval villages. It is an escape. Or is it? Taran deals with truth, the true worth of himself and others, the search for meaning in a career and in life, the excitement and high price of violence and love. I AM Taran in 1997, as much as he is in an imaginary world. I bet a lot of you are, too.
Alexander never talks down to you, whether you are young or old. It is fun and meaningful. This fourth book of a wonderful five-book series is an excellent encapsulation of the entire series. This is not a book for adults or children. It is a book for people. A great one.
I have probably read the book fifteen to twenty times since then, and I learn more about myself and what is important to me every time I read it. Forget Narnia, I think this is the best children's book and series I have ever read. I plan to read it to my own children in the future, and I recommend it to any adult now. A superb book.
On the way, Taran learns many things: how to farm, how to smith, how to weave, the art of pottery, and the knowledge that luck is what you make out of simple things. He is no longer sure if he wants to visit the Mirror. Can Taran handle the truth of his lineage? More importantly, can he face what he truly is?
jobs, to find out what he was meant to do in this world.
He is a weaver, a shepherd and a blacksmith and still his heart yearns forever onwards. He learns that things are not all they seem to be, nor are some persons really who they claim to be, he discovers when he is brutally robbed of all his things.
He must also defeat the Evil of he forest before he learns more of himself.
A beautiful allegory of a young man's search for an identity, Taran Wanderer is a brilliant book for all, young or old.
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