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Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain) (original 1967; edition 2006)

by Lloyd Alexander

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Title:Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain)
Authors:Lloyd Alexander
Info:Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (2006), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 256 pages
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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander (1967)

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I could really identify with Taran's struggles. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
This one is so different from the other Prydain books. It focuses very closely on Taran's development--almost all other characters are missing or seen only in passing--and reads almost like a fable. The last two books have definitely been "set-up" books, deepening the characters and the stakes form what started as a light-hearted series. I don't remember enough about The High King to know if the payoff is worth it, but I'm eager to see. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
Probably my favorite of the Prydain series. It's a change from the earlier books in that Taran's quest is more personal than public and heroic, and the ending isn't quite as triumphant as his earlier missions. (Also, Eilonwy's absence means less humor than usual.) But I appreciated that he finally comes into his own and learns what is really important about identity (something I took longer to learn myself), and enjoyed his adventures among the Commot folk, especially Llonio the Lucky. ( )
  bostonian71 | Oct 18, 2014 |
The fourth volume in "The Chronicles of Prydain" is yet another compelling adventure. I must say that I found the ending a bit disappointing, but at least it was not something I expected. However, getting there was absolutely fantastic. This book, perhaps more than any other in the series, is chock-full of amazing life lessons and wisdom for readers young and old, and Alexander manages to spin his tales in such a way that one never gets bored reading. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Oct 16, 2014 |
I have been re-reading his classic series aloud to my son. It has been many years since I read them so it is also a pleasurable rediscovery for myself. 'Taran Wanderer' is in some ways the most difficult of the series, especially for children. It has fewer adventurous and fantastic elements than the other books. Taran does not have many of his companions around him (except for the faithful Gurgi) and spends the book searching for himself and his parentage in lands far from those familar to him. The book has several emotional low points for Taran, one of which (Craddoc falsely claiming Taran as his son and puncturing all of his high-born dreams) is so depressing that my son didn't want to read on for quite a while; the mood of the whole book is serious and heavy-hearted. Taran persists, however, and comes to some mature realisations about himself. ( )
  questbird | Aug 31, 2014 |
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This fourth chronicle of Prydain begins as a gallant, high-hearted quest, which soon becomes more intense and perhaps more essentially heroic than the preceding adventures. For here, Taran comes to grips with a merciless opponent: the truth about himself. No longer as Taran Assistant Pig-Keeper but as Taran Wanderer, he learns to reshape his life out of his own inner resources; for there must not only be an end to childhood but also a beginning of manhood. This is meant to be a serious tale—in the way that all humor is serious and all fantasy true—and if there is no conventionally happy ending in fairy-tale terms, there is still a most hopeful ending in human terms. [from the "Author's Note"]
It was full springtime, with promise of the richest summer the farm had ever seen. The orchard was white with fragrant blossoms; the newly planted fields lay light as green mist. Yet the sights and scents gave Taran little joy. To him, Cael Dallben was empty. Though he helped Coll with the weeding and cultivating, and tended the white pig, Hen Wen, with as much care as ever, he went about his tasks distractedly. One thought alone was in his mind. [from chapter 1, "Who Am I?"]
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Taran, the assistant pig-keeper who wants to be a hero, goes questing for knowledge of his parentage, hoping that his journey will ennoble him in the eyes of Eilonwy, the princess with the red-gold hair. Accompanied by several loyal friends, Taran begins his search when three wily enchantresses of the Marshes of Morva send him to consult the Mirror of Llunet for the answers he is seeking, cryptically promising that "the finding takes no more than the looking."

During his adventures he meets Craddoc, the shepherd, and the common people of Prydain, whom he comes to respect and admire. With their help, he continues his mission to learn the secret of the Mirror and the truth about himself.

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The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions!

Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain. Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written tales not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise.

The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, The High King, crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series in a new, redesigned paperback format. The jackets feature stunning art by acclaimed fantasy artist David Wyatt, giving the books a fresh look for today's generation of young fantasy lovers. The companion book of short stories, The Foundling is also available in paperback at this time.

In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children.

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The fourth book of the Prydain cycle tells of the adventures that befell Taran when he went in search of his birthright and the truth about himself.

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