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The Water of the Wondrous Isles (1897)

by William Morris

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A fore runner to many of the modern fantasy books. Beautifully told ( )
  jgreenst | Mar 16, 2009 |
I have tried to read this book a couple times and found the language a bit dense and archaic for my tastes. Both Lovecraft and C.S. Lewis give it some praise though so maybe I'll manage to plow through it one day.

- Peter K.
  Kisners42 | Jul 15, 2007 |
The second of Morris's pioneering fantasy novels moves beyond the tentative world-making of 'The Wood Beyond The World' and presents a much more expansive milieu of darker magic and more troubled characters.
An unexpected touch is that the main character Birdalone is a somewhat feisty, self-reliant and determined female and this in only the second fantasy novel ever published.
At times erotic, at times dark and troubled, the characters interact in many ways as a love triangle evolves involving Birdalone.
The style of course is typical for Morris, a dense archaic prose with dialogue presented without the benefit of quotation marks or even paragraph breaks much of the time.
Coming only a year after 1894's 'The Wood Beyond The World', this second novel would itself be followed a year later by the epic 'The Well At The World's End'. Morris's death shortly afterwards would put an end to this remarkable creative burst.
Not easy to read but rewarding for afficionados of the fantasy genre. ( )
1 vote schteve | Mar 11, 2007 |
This is an unbelievably difficult book to read. Morris plainly thought he was creating a modern Patient Griselda, but the crypto-masochism involved is queasily unfun. In the final part of the book it is hard not to see Morris as working out his own situation, viz. his wife and Rossetti
  StephenPlotkin | Dec 10, 2006 |
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Whilom, as tells the tale, was a walled cheaping-town hight Utterhay, which was builded in a bight of the land a little off the great highway which went from over the mountains to the sea.
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