- Tapa blanda: 464 páginas
- Editor: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; Edición: 2nd edition (1 de octubre de 1983)
- Colección: Coronet Books
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0340151331
- ISBN-13: 978-0340151334
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
The Crystal Cave (Coronet Books) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 oct 1983
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'Vivid, enthralling, absolutely first-class' -- Daily Mail 'Mary Stewart brilliantly recreates the Britain of the fifth century' -- Books And Bookmen 'Her style is simple yet vivid, displaying a love of words and the sounds they make, and her story is poetically imaginative' -- Daily Telegraph 'A deft colourful ... re-creation of Merlin's early life' -- Sunday Times 'A fascinating story which lays a firm hold on the imagination' -- The Scotsman 'Mary Stewart lightens the Dark Ages with legend, pure invention and a lively sense of history. -- New York Times
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Fifth century Britain is a country in chaos and division after the Roman withdrawal. This is Merlin's world - the illegitimate son of a South Wales princess - he is aware of the gift of "the sight". The other books in this trilogy include "The Hollow Hills" and "The Last Enchantment".Ver Descripción del producto
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I see others commenting that this might be suitable for adults but I have to disagree. The writing is not filled with difficult and overly complicated words; it is rather that the tone, mood and thought that one gets from reading it may be better understood and deciphered. This is easier reading than LOTR in comparison.
This is my first 5 star rating for the hundreds of books I've read and after countless debates with myself I think it highly deserves it. I understand a bit more about the legend now that I am reading it. To clarify, I understand now how many of the King Arthur stories are bits and pieces from this great book, from the Disney classic "The Sword in the Stone" to "Excalibur". You won't be disappointed.
"Looking back now, I see that much of what happened has been changed in my memory, like a smashed mosaic which is mended in later years by a man who has almost forgotten the first picture. Certain things come back to me plain, in all their colours and details; others - perhaps more important - come hazy, as if the picture has been dusted over by what has happened since, death, sorrow, changes of the heart."
It's interesting to read the other reviewers reactions. Suffice it to say that those in search of sorcery and specious magical display should turn elsewhere. Stewart's Merlin is really more of a poet than a magician, whose numinous encounters with the light and dark by which he prognosticates recall lines of Yeats, amongst others. This Merlin resembles Proust far more than he does a Dungeons and Dragons game in his love of solitude and completely passive awaiting of those "arrows" as he calls them from some other world to strike him:
"Like a drunkard who, as long as there is no wine to be had, thinks himself cured of his craving, I had thought myself cured of the thirst for silence and solitude. But from the first morning of waking on Bryn Myrddin, I knew that this was not merely a refuge, it was my place."
An extremely well-executed and enthralling page-turner of times long ago.
The Crystal Cave is beautifully written, but starts slowly - don't despair. The Hollow Hills builds steam very fast and starts your heart boiling. And The Crystal Cave takes you over the crescendo, almost kills you, and then brings you back gently but with a sigh. Indeed, I've not seen many works as detailed and beautiful as this. What's even more, it is possible to actually read each of them on their own and still get a feel of the whole.
I doff my hat to Mary Sewart!