Lud-in-the-Mist, the capital city of the small country Dorimare, is a port at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl. The Dapple has its origin beyond the Debatable Hills to the west of Lud-in-the-Mist, in Fairyland. In the days of Duke Aubrey, some centuries earlier, fairy things had been look upon with reverence, and f...more
Nathaniel Chanticleer is a village mayor in the town of Lud-in-the-mist. Lud is on the border between the real world and the fairy one, but the townspeople have prohibited and stigmatized most dealings with fairies to the point of them being used as curse words. But all isn't that well, as Chanticleer is haunted by the sound of a mystical note, and his children might be eating the fairy fruit...
It's a d...more
I'm not too high and mighty to admit that I bought this because Neil Gaiman recommended it. He has an undeniably good nose for classics, and his taste is clearly similar to mine, despite all the issues I have with his writing.
Mirrlees writes beautifully, lightly, intelligently, with great vision and simple, evocative prose. She has the subtle skill that I admire so strongly in Diana Wynne Jones of describing a sense, or a thoug...more
But Hope Mirrlees' enchanting fantasy "Lud-in-the-Mist" defies many such fantasy cliches, written as if "The Hobbit" had been spun up by Lord Dunsany. It's a sweet pastoral story that slowly blossoms out into a very unique story -- there's a little murder mystery, an amusing village of hobbity people, and a quick...more
There in a the small village of Lud in the Mist in the country of Dorimare lives Mayor and High Senechal Nathaniel Chanticlee. He and most of the citizens of the place have languished in inattention in the peaceful beauty of their town where the Dapple and Dawl rivers meet. The terrifying histo...more
Lud-in-the-Mist is a fairytale about a village on the edge of Fairy that has tried, for years, to deny the fairy half of its heritage. The resulting imbalance creates trouble, kidnapping, and murder, which must be addressed by the town's day-dreaming, scatter-brained Senechal,...more
There was no sense then that this was a feted book, lauded by the likes of Neil Gaiman; it has a very old-fashioned, American cover and it cost me a princely 75p by the looks of it. It's staye...more
What initially attracted me to the book, however, was not Startdust's author, but the book cover. There's the phrase, 'never judge a book by it's cover' but I couldn't help but want to read this book based on the cover. I'm glad I chose it as well. It was certainly an interesting, if at times somewhat difficult, read. I say diff...more
Eccentricities aside, I really enjoyed the story, and found myself growing fond of the main character, Nathaniel Chanticleer. The world of Lud is one where the rule of law is used...more
Dorimare is bordered by Fairyland, although these days it does its very best to ignore that fact. Two or three centuries ago, under Duke Aubrey, it was different. Trade between the two lands was thriving, and the people of Dorimare enjoyed eating fairy fru...more
Lut-in-the-Mist is a small town set between...more
Although there is a blurb by Neil Gaiman, this book isn't really like his books, imho. Lud-in-the-Mist got a more feminine touch and I found it much funnier than his work. Th...more
I should note that its handling of race is weird -- Tolkien-style "all the non-white people are from somewhere else". Indigo people appear to be the world's analogue f...more
"це роман-притча про те, які небезпеки приховує в собі спроба витіснити з життя все незвідане, таємниче, те, що не вписується в традиційні рамки".
Чарівна Країна, створена автором – безгранична, невичерпна, хаотична, не підпорядкована ні моральному закону, ні єдиному сюжету".
І, схоже, саме у останній фразі вся проблема: сюжетна лінія не прописана,
таке враження, що це чорновий варіант, рукопис, що підлягає грунтовному редагуванню. Дивні образи: наркотичні фрукти, мерц...more
The parallelism of the delusions of Faerie and Law was wonderful, subtly made manifest in the way the Law refers to fairy fruit as silk, and then when Nat's house is searched for silken vanities, fairy fruit hidden by one of the Silent People is found instead.
And every word and moment deeply...more
Here is one such passage of overly descriptive prose that I actually enjoyed (the other ones I would just skip/skim over), this is Mirrlees describing the coming dawn:
What I particularly loved...more
It's one of those books that literally leaves you open-mouthed by the consistent bad-assedness of its social satire and linguistic inventio...more
"And yet . . . I have never tasted fairy fruit," said Master Nathaniel in a low broken voice.
"There are many fruits in my orchard, and many and various are the fruit they bear - music and dreams and grief and sometimes, joy. All your life, Cha...more
Stylistically, I found echoes of this in Jack Vance's "Lyonesse" books. Certainly I think if you liked one then you'll like the other. But don't read this if you want more...more