Wood Beyond the World
Firstly was the set up, how Walter came to be in the "Woods beyond the World". During this part I was still getting use to the antiquated prose and narrative style, finding my rhythm while not much interesting happened plot wise.
Then I got to the central part of the story, in which Walter becomes embroiled in a strange love square. While Walter sits back and passively waits for events to unfold, the others conspire...more
Reviewed by D. L. Parker
One of my recent non-New Year resolutions is to go back and revisit, or read for the first time, all the ground-breaking early originals in fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Now, I’m not good at keeping resolutions, especially if they involve dieting, crushing impure thoughts or keeping my temper when some little zipper snitches my parking space, b...more
The earliest of Morris' fantasy stories, The Wood Beyond the World is short and simply told, in the style derived from medieval romance that is his trademark. The story is one which emphasises the psychological world at the expense of the plot, and has the curious feature of an ending which seems to forget about the beginning.
Driven from his home by an unhappy marriage, Walter Goldn is haunted by a recurring vision of a lady, an attendant mai...more
I had mistakenly added this instead of the second volume of The Well At the World's End - only realizing my mistake now that I have listened to the Librivox version. What's my problem? Confoozled. Anyway, although I didn't like this one as much as aformentioned WATWE, it still had all the lovely language and the straight-out-of-a-tapestry style story. Morris really does create a world unto itself in each o...more
Granted, there are several of good ideas here which are utilized much more effectively by Morris' intellectual heirs--archaism, medieval revival, appropriation of myth, etc. However, these are not deftly applied here. This book simply cannot stand on its own without the po...more
As for the story, it is told in highly romantic, faux-King James language that borders on the impenetrable - many of the words do...more
In other words, his books aren't set in Fairyland, or a dream world, or on the Moon, or on the ancient Earth. They're set on some world like medieval Earth, but not the same. The characters aren't Earth people transported, but natives of these new lands.
Unfortunately, Morris' works are thick to trudge th...more
The plot briefly: Walter, a brave and honest young man, escapes from his mean wife and embarks on a ship to explore the world and its wonders. A storm leads him and his fellows in a strange land where he will find adventures, perils, enchanting maids, evil dwarfs and wicked mistresses.
I found "The Wood beyond the World" to be a very pleasant story. Of course from a modern reader point of view the plot...more
The story concerns a young man who has lost his direction in life. Golden Walter has taken to the sea for politic reasons (a feud with his ex-wife's family). He sees visions of a stately woman, another woman in green with an iron ring around her ankle, and a dwarf...more
It follows the travels of Golden Walter, a young man who is struck by the mysterious image of a Lady, a Maid with an iron ring around her ankle, and a Dwarf. He finds them in a land far away, the Wood beyond the World, of course.
The story is...more
Morris' deliberately archaic language made reading this a slow, heavy trudge though, although I think it worked to heighten a sense of strangeness and disorientation.
Interesting intellectually, but not something I'd recommend reading for pleasure. I...more
I'd recommend both to people, but think the Wood Beyond Worlds End is definitely the more "accessible" book, or the better to start with.
The copy I had was a Dover facsimile of the original 1800-something publication with woodcuts and an classic old font. Absolutely beautiful.
The story is rather interesting for anyone interested in tracing influences in Tolkien and Neil Gaiman.