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Owl Service

Owl Service (Paperback, New edition)

By Garner, Alan

ISBN 9780140470666
Published 1 September 1969 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Series Peacock Books
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ISBN-13 9780140470666
ISBN-10 0140470662
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 September 1969
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Peacock Books
Category Not specified
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 120mm
Height: 180mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Unclassifiable: no BIC
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.91
Catalogue Code Not specified

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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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