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Owl Service (Hardback, New edition)

By Garner, Alan
Edited by Fox, Geoff

In a big house in a Welsh valley, Roger and Alison live uneasily with Gwyn, the son of the housekeeper. There's a powerful stirring in the valley that dates from a sad and distant myth.

ISBN 9780003300581
Published 3 August 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback, New edition
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Series Cascades
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ISBN-13 9780003300581
ISBN-10 0003300587
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Collins Educational
Publication Date 3 August 1989
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Edited by Fox, Geoff
Series Cascades
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 193mm
Weight 224g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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In a big house in a Welsh valley, Roger and Alison live uneasily with Gwyn, the son of the housekeeper. There's a powerful stirring in the valley that dates from a sad and distant myth.

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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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