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Book Title: La espada de welleran; la reina del aire y la oscuridad|
The author of the book: Lord Dunsany
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The size of the: 18.36 MB
Edition: Pulp ediciones
Date of issue: May 2003
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Read full description of the books La espada de welleran; la reina del aire y la oscuridad:Tolkien was a curse for fantasy literature.
The professor, speaking the truth, has no fault, but he and the ones who declared the commercial success of the "tolkenian" vision of fantasy (Terry Brooks and Dungeons & Dragons above all) were a curse for this genre. Today, any writer of fantasy must deal with the pattern elves-dwarves-orcs-humans-hobbits/halflings to embrace it, deny it or parody it, at least to some extent.
Maybe fantasy was much more simple for Lord Dunsany: there was no Tolkien, no Terry Brooks, no Weis-Hickman; he had not to care about what other fantasy writers had written before him because there had been nearly none. Maybe he had heard something about William Morris and George Macdonald, and read some of their books, but even so fantasy at those times was like a virgin forest, waiting to be discovered. Nowadays I imagine this same forest crossed by a highway and its trees cut down to build a metropolis... but that's another story.
Yes, maybe fantasy was much more simple for Lord Dunsany: in no other ways I can explain his originality, the freshness of his tales, the sense of wonder he is able to move in the reader. Lord Dunsany writes fantasy and he doesn't feel any shame in using elements which today fantasy(less) writers will firmly refuse: he makes talk an Earthquake and a Hurricane; he makes one of his characters speak with a Whirlpool resting on the sand (!!!); he makes your spine chill with his honiric landscapes (oh my god, the dreams of Gaznak); he summons the reader in his tales. And then he leaves him free.
Of course, some novels in the collection are more exciting than others: I loved "In the twilight"and "The fortress Unvanquishable, save for Sacnoth" while "The Fall of Babbulkund" bored me a little.
Somewhere you will find christian-influenced elements and maybe you too, you will think "Oh no, another Lewis!" as I did at first. But keep on reading: you will notice that the religious parts too, far from being moral lessons for the "pious" reader, are well inserted in the context, enriching the story.
Am I forgetting something? Yes, the language. Well it's not so difficult: sometimes you will need a little patience, but nothing compared to William Morris's The wood beyond the world. So don't worry.
Five stars, no doubt. And now the gods of Pegana await me.
Read information about the authorEdward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work in fantasy published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes hundreds of short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. Born to one of the oldest titles in the Irish peerage, he lived much of his life at perhaps Ireland's longest-inhabited home, Dunsany Castle near Tara, received an honourary doctorate from Trinity College, and died in Dublin.
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