Wood Wife Paperback – 3 Apr 1997
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" Distinctive . . . A splendid desert fantasy that flows with its own eerie logic-- arresting, evocative, and well-worked out." -- "Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review)
" This is a novel of muscle and tenderness, of sharp edges and great delights." -- Charles de Lint
" A wonderful, elegant fantasy-- sensuous, fascinating, and eerily spiritual." -- Robert Holdstock
“Distinctive . . . A splendid desert fantasy that flows with its own eerie logic—arresting, evocative, and well-worked out.” —"Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review)
“This is a novel of muscle and tenderness, of sharp edges and great delights.” —Charles de Lint
“A wonderful, elegant fantasy—sensuous, fascinating, and eerily spiritual.” —Robert Holdstock
"Distinctive . . . A splendid desert fantasy that flows with its own eerie logic--arresting, evocative, and well-worked out." --"Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review)
"This is a novel of muscle and tenderness, of sharp edges and great delights." --Charles de Lint
"A wonderful, elegant fantasy--sensuous, fascinating, and eerily spiritual." --Robert Holdstock
Distinctive . . . A splendid desert fantasy that flows with its own eerie logic--arresting, evocative, and well-worked out. "Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)"
This is a novel of muscle and tenderness, of sharp edges and great delights. "Charles de Lint"
A wonderful, elegant fantasy--sensuous, fascinating, and eerily spiritual. "Robert Holdstock"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Terri Windling is a writer, editor, artist, and passionate advocate of fantasy literature. She has won six World Fantasy awards for her editorial work and the Mythopoeic Award for her novel "The Wood Wife." She has edited over thirty anthologies, many in collaboration with Ellen Datlow--including the Snow White, Blood Red adult fairy-tale series, "The Armless Maiden," "Sirens," "The Green Man," and "Swan Sister." She has also written children's books and articles on myth and folklore, and she edits the Endicott Studio Online Journal of Mythic Arts website. She divides her time between homes in Devon, England, and Tucson, Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Warning: it's hard to find this book here in the U.K. even though it has won awards and now she has a new big book with Brian Froud. Somebody please tellthe U.K. publisher to get it back in stock!!!! I read a borrowed copy but now I want one of my own. This is the kind of book you read and then want to hand out to ten friends. I can't wait to read her next one.
Maggie Black, journalist and sometime poet, divorced but still somewhat in love with her high-profile musician husband, is the main character. Maggie inherits the property of Pulitzer prize winning poet David Cooper upon his mysterious death by drowning (in the desert!). With the idea of writing Cooper's biography, she goes to his home located in the hills above Tucson. Once there, she is slowly drawn into the rhythm of life in the desert, finding beauty in the landscape and the local people, and gradually finding new interpretations of Cooper's most famous poems collectively known as The Wood Wife. From this prosaic beginning, the story slowly adds elements of the fantastic, as Cooper's inspiration for the poems and his lover's surrealistically painted visions of the creatures that populate the area becomes evident.
Maggie's character is well portrayed, that of a somewhat insecure woman slowly finding her own self worth from behind the smothering light of her former husband, finding her own long-buried poetic voice, finding a way to deal with fantastic events and creatures while remaining a practical cosmopolitan woman of today's world. Cooper himself becomes a distinct voice, as we see many of the letters that he wrote when he first settled in the area and was drawn into the area's ambience.Read more ›
Poet Davis Cooper leaves all his posessions to a long time penfriend he has never met. She journeys into his life, slowly unraveling his story, encountering his creations and gathering awareness of the desert's secrets around her.
Characterisations and descriptions are original and vivid, enhancing the mental imagery available to the reader. Recommended.
Windling's writing stule is excellent, carries you along with a piquant amount of description that still leaves space for you to see through Maggie's eyes.
An excellent read - shame she hasn't done any other long novels for adults.
Why didn't I? Well, despite being on the face of it about art, it is actually about magic as reality. The poet Davis Cooper and his wife Anna are dead by the time the story begins and yet they are major characters in the book. Cooper's poems and letters punctuate a tale seen primarily from Maggie's point of view, Anna's mystical pictures are a dark presence in the book. The poems and art portray creatures which at first we might believe to be fantastic and archetypal, but during the course of the book are revealed to be real. These creatures are clearly drawn from the Native American myths, but as a Brit I was interested to see that they bore similarities to British mythic figures - such as the horned man and the wild hunt. I was reminded of the work of the British writer Alan Garner, who portrays a modern world in which the old gods are just below the service.
The characters are part of the landscape:
Windmage/Owl Boy: Sky
Rootmage/Root Mother: Earth
Floodmage/Drowned Girl: South etc.
The landscape, the flora and fauna that live within it, are beautifully portrayed in the book. I do not know the desert of the South West, but I felt I was walking through it. The other characters are also well drawn with complex personalities, which at times merge with the mythic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to snuggle up with and take your mind off the dreary winter.Published 17 months ago by J. Tapley
One of my and my husband's favorite books of all time. It stays with you. Makes you see the world differently. I've read it many times but still get more out of it.Published on 13 Nov. 2012 by Tina Fry
This was bought for a friend. She tells me that it was very intriguing, a good read and would reccommend it.Published on 5 Sept. 2011 by mazza