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The Owl Service

The Owl Service
 

A tale combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.

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ISBN 9780001846036
Published 5 February 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Garner, Alan
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ISBN-13 9780001846036
ISBN-10 0001846035
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Collins
Publication Date 5 February 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Category Award Winning
Horror & Ghost Stories, Chillers
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 146mm
Height: 220mm
Weight 292g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A tale combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Guardian Children's Fiction Award 1968 -- Winner of Carnegie Medal 1967
US Review The mystery of spirits loosed, of souls possessed, assumes a dimension beyond fantasy in Alan Garner's latest book, which is his finest if also his most elliptical. In an old house in a Welsh valley three adolescents discover, in a sealed attic that has been emitting inexplicable sounds, a dinner service decorated with flowers in the form of an owl; and the trap one sets disgorges an owl's pellel, not a whole mouse. Gwyn, son of Nancy the housekeeper, is momentarily mesmerized by the plates but it is Alison, come to stay with her new stepfather and stepbrother Roger, who is obsessed with the owls. From a copy of the mythical Mabinogion and the cryptic remarks of handyman Huw Halfbacon, reinforced by the instinctive sympathy between them. Alison and Gwyn realize that they are, with Roger, reenacting an ancient tragedy of jealousy and retribution that has recurred in each generation. The tensions among them are very real, very much a matter of class; Gwyn is the clever comer, Alison is the aristocrat. Roger is the snob?? In scenes which approach the intensity of Strindberg, Gwyn forces Alison to face him, and herself, recoils when he thinks he's been betrayed, ultimately humbles Roger and gives him the clue to saving Alison. However gripping, this is not lugubrious and not without ??humer, albeit ironic. An uncommon book for uncommon readers of some maturity. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books. His fourth book, 'The Owl Service' brought Alan Garner to everyone's attention. It won two important literary prizes -- The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal -- and was made into a serial by Granada Television. It has established itself as a classic and Alan Garner as a writer of great distinction.

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