The King of Elfland's Daughter

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  • Title: The King of Elfland's Daughter
  • Author: Lord Dunsany
  • ISBN: 9780048232076
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback

The King of Elfland's Daughter

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  1. In fantasy, I ve seen magic used in many ways as plot device, curio, religious allegory, and the personification of morals, but rarely do I find a book where magic is truly magical Too often, it s a convenience, a cliche, but for Dunsany, magic is pervasive, mysterious, unknowable, and lovely He captures a sense of the sublime something so unbelievably beautiful that it becomes overwhelming, even frightening.Dunsany wrote his stories with a handmade quill in a single draft His language is a prec [...]


  2. Recommended for Those who have patience and are comfortable with Victorian and poetic styles in prose, who have romantic souls, and people who enjoy reading poetry and who enjoy introspective, speculative, and exploratory literature and fanciful fantasy.Not recommended for Those who prefer fast paced action and down to earth and gritty prose styles and label some styles too flowery The name Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett has a rather strange ring to it, doesn t it I think Lord Dunsany sounds [...]


  3. a tale out of time an old myth reinvented a new myth born a wayward bride, a forlorn husband, their son a pitiless hunter a defiant old woman a melancholy old man trolls delight in delight unicorns are for slaughter question what is Time in Elfland answer a fantasy twelve men want magic madmen shall take captive a king borders shall be crossed and boundaries may be as fleeting as dreams be wary of what you wish for love shall conquer all and death shall be no ose like poetry, like music the nove [...]


  4. What can i say Absolutely wondrous I adored this and it is the perfect book to read when you live by yourself because its another of those that demand to be read out loud The cat was very entertained.It is the story of a mortal going in search of a means to bring magic to his valley at the request of his father, the Lord of Erl because the Lord s parliament of 12 men asked for magic The boy, Alveric, seeks Elfland and, in finding it, encounters the love of his life, Lirazel the Elf Princess The [...]


  5. A beautifully written, Edwardian faerie story for adults not that there s any adult content, and were it published today, it would probably be classed as YA despite some rather unpleasant hunting However, it only gets 3 , as a reflection of my enjoyment of it I prefer things a little darker, even though the moral is perhaps Be careful what you wish for OTIt is essentially a tale of young love across a cultural chasm human Alveric and elfin Lirazel , the quest of Orion not the Greek god , and fea [...]


  6. Forget that leathery old man on the beer commercials with two giant X s, he s a nobody The real most interesting man in the world is Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, or at least he would have been in his time And by the way, that s Lord Dunsany to you As the 18th Baron of Dunsany, he had the opportunity to simply relax, attend parties, and generally take life easy But that would have been a waste, would it not I mean, we only live once so dammit, live like you want to live Instead of living li [...]


  7. Brought to my attention by this note on the cover Introduction by Neil Gaiman I ve been on a good roll where Gaiman is concerned with Neverwhere and The Sandman read this year, so his glowing praise for Lord Dunsany made me put this classic fantasy forward in my queue His words sing, like those of a poet who got drunk on the prose of the King James Bible, and who has still not yet become sober The style is the first thing that struck me about the novel, archaic yet elegant, the language of royal [...]


  8. If this book were written today, it wouldn t be a book, it would be a seven part series with each volume consisting of 800 to 1,000 pages Every character would have a first and last name and an elaborate backstory There would be extensive genealogical charts and detailed maps of every nook of its gigantic world, because, you know, world building And it would be incredibly tiresome.What the good Lord Dunsany gave us was something much wonderful, a poetic, elegiac fairy tale of 240 pages that dwe [...]


  9. The King of Elfland s Daughter is one of the most perfectly beautiful fantasy novels ever written Yet, in the sea of J.R.R Tolkien and G.R.R Martin clones it appears to be a forgotten relic This is a shame not only because of the sheer aesthetic delight of Lord Dunsany s writing because many fantasy authors could learn from this novel, the value of subtlety and artful storytelling In a sea of blatant plots and unmagical magic structures, Lord Dunsany s work is a wondrous and magical delight wort [...]


  10. Not going to happen The first 70 pages are as beautiful as it gets And then things began to drift An endless hunt for a unicorn which was kind of boring , and a troll meditating on the nature of time At this point I threw it across the room Seriously, I felt somewhat duty bound to read this, since Lovecraft loved LD and I like Lovecraft Like Lovecraft, Dunsany works, IMHO, best in the shorter bites If you like archaic poetic language and high fantasy, I highly recommend Eddison s The Worm Ourobo [...]


  11. I am a little hesitant to give this a 3, for Dunsany writes wonderfully His prose is by turns lyrical, clever, humorous, insightful, and moving However, I don t so much enjoy reading long descriptive passages with very little action or even plot Although the plot elements were solidly put into place, they then don t do much for the bulk of the book, and by halfway through I mostly stopped caring Dunsany seemed far interested in landscape and atmosphere than characters.


  12. I think this is the first Dunsany book I ever read and it was high time that I went back for a re read Doing so is always risky, especially when it is one you had such fond memories from because invariably they fail to live up to your expectations I am happy to say that this was not the case this time I loved it all over again.My memory of the plot points was quite sketchy it had to be said but really this story isn t about the plot Nor is it about the characters that one might be tempted to cla [...]



  13. WARNING This review contains SPOILERS Lots of spoilers I should begin this review by saying that I wanted to like this book On paper, I should have And I tried to have some degree of historical relativism while reading it, but honestly the whole book was so maddening I could hardly stand it There is NO character development whatsoever none Aside from this, I ll try to detail out just some of the things that I think go wrong with it 1 The very premise of the book is flimsy and unengaging 12 men g [...]


  14. A modern reader should not come into this book expecting an an intricate and interwoven plot The storyline is solid, but it is not greatly complex than a fairy tale It makes sure to take its time, and it might feel like a lull at certain places especially if you read the book in sections like I did, taking hurried bites before rushing off elsewhere to whatever But if you re able to suppress your expectations of omg LARGE DRAGONS and EARTH DEVOURING ARTIFACTS and CARS WHOSE GAS TANKS WERE CLEARL [...]


  15. I can t really understand people disliking this book Well, no, I can the language is olde worlde, the phrase the fields we know is used far too many times, it s of a fairytale like story than modern fantasy, though it s sold as being one of the defining moments for the genre, and if you re looking at it from a modern point of view, the characters and their motivations are hopelessly unsatisfying.I thought the language was beautiful, though Dunsany struck just the right note for me, and for the [...]


  16. A wonderful poetic fairytale that is very rich and detailed WIth his descriptive and lyrical prose and the leisurely pace of the story, Dunsany can transport you to a world of wonder.The story starts in Erl, a medieval England like setting with the parliament of Erl petitioning their lord about their wish for a magic lord to rule them The lord of Erl then bids his son Alveric to go to Elfland, a mythical and magical world filled with elves, unicorns, trolls and other magical creatures, and marry [...]


  17. This was a pleasure I read in the evenings and for this novel, I always looked forward to returning daily to the poetic prose and magical landscape of Elfland The writer, you can tell, is mature and steady in his craft, beautiful minded, and simply perfect His voice is calming and rich Something interesting I loved Infinite Jest too, but that novel is 180 degrees different from The King of Elfland s Daughter Foster s voice, while clever and insightful, felt unstable, wobbly, and exploring the wo [...]



  18. A classic of the fantasy genre The parliament of Erl comes to their Lord they want a magic lord So the lord, obediently, sends his son off to find the title daughter He succeeds And this book goes on to chronicle what happens after.It involves the ceremony of marriage for mermaids who forsake the sea, a dove cote, a hunt for the unicorn, the horns of elfland, a sword made of thunderbolt iron, and , but the real reason for reading Dunsany is, of course, the crystalline singing prose To those who [...]


  19. At times during the reading of this book, like Alveric I felt that I must have lost Elfland Reading Dunsany s prose is often much like reading poetry and it took me a while to get back into the rhythm While in many ways this is a book not to be missed, read it when nothing presses.t time, not life, not circumstances The outside pressing in will take away from this volume as it s an experince than a story.For those who haven t read Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett the eighteenth Baron Dunsany L [...]


  20. I kind of feel like this story started to get away from Lord Dunsany It starts beautifully, with perfect fairy tale styling And there are, throughout, some incredibly beautiful passages I especially loved the witch s response to being asked for a spell to banish magic But about midway through it starts to drag, with the unicorn hunt, and it lost some of that magic for me It s a shame, because Dunsany was a very talented writer, with a knack for descriptions Of which there are many, and long ones [...]


  21. Not the most original story but the writing,the wit,the beauty of the story is so great that it fills you with awe.I still think Lord Dunsany is even stronger in short story form,he does other forms of story in his short stories like no other i have ever read.Novel or short form, he is literary giant,stylist that must be read.


  22. Absolutely beautiful storytelling Dunsany helped bridge us from fairytales to modern fantasy stylistically, Tolkien owes to Dunsany the haunting lilt of his best English phrasing This story delights and surprises, and turns upon rather a different theme than readers are led to expect Highly recommended.


  23. Aside from one of his short stories, this is to date my only experience with Lord Dunsany s work but along with William Morris and George MacDonald, he was one of the three principal shapers of the English language fantasy tradition before Tolkien This is usually considered one of his important works It s set in an alternate England sharing a numinous, and permeable, border with Elfland and at times visited by stray unicorns you have to take the premise on its own terms, not subject it to reali [...]


  24. The King of Elfland s Daughter was written in the 1920s, yet feels much older The town Erl lies on the edge of Elfland, and when Alveric, a human prince, marries Lirazel, an elvish princess, the line between the mundane and the magic begins to blur.I found this quote by Jo Walton that sums up my feelings on the novel it is probably best described as good but odd Dunsany isn t at his best writing characters, which gets peculiar at novel length What he could do, what he did better than anyone, was [...]


  25. This book is important for its historical significance If one is expecting a fast paced epic fantasy they will be in for a disappointment In my case it is not at all that I only want to read action packed stories However for novel length books I prefer in depth characters One dimensional characters do not bother me in tales, but I expect in novels I find I would have enjoyed the style of writing in this novel had it been shorter I do appreciate the language and also the fact that this book inf [...]


  26. Really great book if you have the patience Today s audiences may find it superfluous on many levels, especially in a variety of descriptions But there are so many times in the book where Dunsany achieves true greatness This is a fairy tale for the literary crowd, with amazing images, and a classic for the die hard fantasy fairy audience of today.


  27. 3.5 stars This was a charming little tale of magic and love between a human prince an Elf princess, and the quest the former embarks on when she disappears as a result of difficulties adapting to human ways It can be a tad too sugary at times, but the prose is lovely and the plot well developed.


  28. A scathing critique of organized religion and immigration policies.I have a real review, but it can only be told of in song.