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The Owl Service

The Owl Service

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ISBN 9781850899099
Published 1 March 1987 by ABC-CLIO
Format Hardback, Large type / large print edition
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Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Handi-read
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ISBN-13 9781850899099
ISBN-10 1850899096
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint ABC-CLIO Ltd
Publication Date 1 March 1987
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Large type / large print edition
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Handi-read
Category Award Winning
Number of Pages 217
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 220mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Unclassifiable: no BIC
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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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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