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The Water of the Wondrous Isles (1897)

by William Morris

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Drawing on medieval legend and age-old fantasy tropes, William Morris' Water of the Wondrous Isles combines the best of both of these genres and updates them with an interesting thematic twist: the heroic figure who leads the quest is a plucky, spirited young girl. Fans of classic fantasy will relish this exquisitely wrought tale.

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  SueJBeard | Feb 14, 2023 |
This is one of the basic books in the library of all historically minded Fantasy fans. Written in the year 1897, there are two fantasies running at the same time in this book. One of them is the idea, there are women who will be loved by all men, at sight. Then we pass to the consistent theme in the genre, that some form or forms of magic works. Now our lovable heroine spends a good deal of time without her clothes on, and while it may add to the likelihood of fantasy #1, it gets a bit repetitive, as a means of requiring our POV character enlisting the aid of others. Morris came late in his corpus to the idea that some crucial plot points require the principal character must be present, even if not a serious actor in the moment. thus, The Water shows a growth in authorial technique over his previous works in the genre. However the book is readable to the modern reader, and, as I said, an artifact of some importance. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 27, 2021 |
2 v.Ex libris F. and M. Weston. Ex-lib. Westminster College Library ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
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 |
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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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Classic Literature. Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:

Drawing on medieval legend and age-old fantasy tropes, William Morris' Water of the Wondrous Isles combines the best of both of these genres and updates them with an interesting thematic twist: the heroic figure who leads the quest is a plucky, spirited young girl. Fans of classic fantasy will relish this exquisitely wrought tale.

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