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The Owl Service
 

The Owl Service (Paperback, New edition)

By Garner, Alan

Winner of the Guardian Award and Carnegie Medal in 1968. In a secluded Welsh valley ringed by wild mountains, the characters and quarrels of three young people unfold as a tragic legend recurs. Two rivals in love once killed each other, leaving successive generations to play out ... read full description below.

ISBN 9780006716754
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780006742944
Published 29 January 1981 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780006716754
ISBN-10 000671675X
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Lions
Publication Date 29 January 1981
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Lions
Category Award Winning
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 177mm
Weight 98g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Legends, Wales, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Winner of the Guardian Award and Carnegie Medal in 1968. In a secluded Welsh valley ringed by wild mountains, the characters and quarrels of three young people unfold as a tragic legend recurs. Two rivals in love once killed each other, leaving successive generations to play out the terror.

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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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