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Lord Dunsany's first novel, Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley, "conveys its young disinherited protagonist through a fantasized Spain, gifting him with a Sancho Panza companion, good luck with magicians, and a castle." [The Encyclopedia of Fantasy] It is a landmark tale for Dunsany, beginning his move from the otherworldly short stories for which his reputation is ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 3rd 2002 by Borgo Press (first published 1922)
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Rod
Apr 17, 2016 Rod rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"But to you I leave my long, most flexible, ancient Castilian blade, which infidels dreaded if old songs be true. Merry and lithe it is, and its true temper singeth when it meets another blade as two friends sing when met after many years. It is most subtle, nimble, and exultant, and what it will not win for you in the wars, that shall be won for you by your mandolin, for you have a way with it that goes well with the old airs of Spain. And choose, my son, rather a moonlight night when you sing
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Iain
Jan 06, 2013 Iain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to describe this book? It's a pretty problem. As might a child, after dashing off to play on a bright summer morning—hours splashing in the river, exploring the forests, duelling with sticks against the Infidel (or the child next door if the Infidel be not available), winning a week's pocket-money at marbles and losing it again—as such a child, when asked "what did you do today?" simply shrugs and replies "oh, nothing much"; just so should I feel, dear Reader, were I to attempt to pin down t ...more
Mohammed
This was a different story compared to everything else I read by Lord Dunsany. The prose was at times brilliant, beautiful use of words, language but the story was very simple about the adventures of the young naive Knight Rodriguez whose quest in the story is looking for romantic wars,glory and to win castle in Golden age Spain. It was clear to see what the writer thought about the knight and his chivalrous ways. I have come to expect more subtle meaning than that from this legendary writer. Th ...more
Simon
Feb 24, 2012 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well it would seem that the great Lord Dunsany was not infallible. I've loved every other book I've read by him and came to this one with accordingly high expectations and for the first time, he has not lived up to them.

In this story we follow Don Rodriquez after he inherits no more than a rapier and a mandolin from his lordly father and sets out on a quest to win himself a castle (with his rapier) and a lover (with his mandolin).

The problem for me was that the story just wasn't very interesting
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Orion
Feb 05, 2012 Orion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley conveys its young disinherited protagonist through a fantasized Spain, gifting him with a Sancho Panza companion, good luck with magicians, and a castle" -- The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

Lord Dunsany's first novel, this is a historic fantasy set in a pastoral Spain that could never exist with all the charm and innocence that the author attributes to it. Don Rodrigues sets out on a quest to find a war to fight in so he can win a castle and wealth of his o
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Fraser Sherman
Feb 28, 2016 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars more like. Lord Dunsany's first novel isn't as elegant in style as King of Elfland's Daughter, though it does have some great lines. The tone is what really stands out, though, almost ironic in the story of a young Spanish gallant off to win fame in wars, running into multiple adventures and only briefly getting into the action at the climax. There's also the repeated observations that to do such and such a scene justice, the writing would have to get really florid, and readers don't l ...more
Jan de Leeuw
Apr 12, 2013 Jan de Leeuw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In its genre, this is a masterpiece. It is set in an imaginary Spain, maybe around 1500 or so. It tells us of the travels of Don Rodriguez, who is searching for a war on the other side of the Pyrenees, to gain himself a castle. He travels with the Sancho Panza like servant Moreno, who is always making bacon n his trusted frying pan. During his travels he meets La Garda, a rather frightening police force, he meets a magician who lets him travel beyond the stars, and he meets the King of Shadow Va ...more
Aaron Hollingsworth
A quaint tale littered with several literary gems, but not a solid treasure. There is beauty and profound skill in the prose and dialogue, but little else to compel the reader. The character Morano is the best part.
Michael
Aug 01, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book can only be described as amazing. They just don’t write them like this anymore. This book encompasses the fantastic, with some curious narrative asides and flowery prose that suits the mood and timbre of the book. Whenever this story takes place it is in a world that is almost familiar but that is just beyond what we can usually see. It may all just be possible, or may have been at one time. Wait for twilight, look past the shadows and through the blue light of the fading day and liste ...more
Ann
Nov 27, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an audio book from LibriVox.

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Morgan
May 27, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes a little while to get used to Dunsany's writing style, which at times seems a bit florid and at times seems like deliberate self-parody. But once used to it, the storytelling is enchanting -- and just once in a while very funny.
B.  Barron
Mar 25, 2010 B. Barron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The reason I gave this such a low rating could be that I had to read this in a less than ideal format (on-line at Project Gutenberg: http://tinyurl.com/yecmm2z - the file I actually read is: http://tinyurl.com/ycm334e ), but I cannot be sure that was all too it. It’s a good story, a little long in places and with too much self-deprecation on the part of the author; but good. I wish I could give it a higher score – I dearly love lord Dunsany.
Laure
This didn't have the magic of his other books I've read, and I found it lacking.

A boring story about a bland, entitled young man.

I think there were more words spent describing bacon than all the female characters together.
Satu
Aug 18, 2013 Satu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while toget into the writing style. I will have to read again to get the full experience.
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