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The Owl Service

The Owl Service
 

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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ISBN 9780006754015
Barcode 9780006754015
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780007127894
Published 30 July 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, ePub edition
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Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Collins Modern Classics
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ISBN-13 9780006754015
ISBN-10 0006754015
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 30 July 1998
International Publication Date 2 November 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, ePub edition
Edition ePub edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Collins Modern Classics
Category Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 181g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress JUVENILE FICTION / Classics, Legends - Juvenile fiction - Wales, Space and time - Fiction, JUVENILE FICTION - Fantasy & Magic, Legends
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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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

NZ Review ''Remarkable...a rare imaginative feat.' The Observer
UK Review Gwyn, Alison and Roger are drawn into an ancient Welsh legend when they discover a dinner service with an owl pattern on it. They find themselves trapped by sinister supernatural forces into re-enacting the myth and cannot escape. A brilliant novel that won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award when first published. (11 yrs +) (Kirkus UK)
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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