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La forêt des mythagos (Mythago Wood #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  5,372 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Dans un coin perdu du Herefordshire s'étend le bois de Ryhope, vestige d'une ancienne forêt remontant à la dernière glaciation ; un bois tellement dense qu'il paraît impossible d'y pénétrer au-delà d'une certaine limite. George Huxley, qui s'est établi avec sa famille à l'orée de Ryhope, est pour d'obscures raisons obsédé par cette forêt, par l'idée d'en explorer les profo ...more
Paperback, 454 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Gallimard Education (first published 1984)
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Matti It certainly can be read as a stand-alone, but there are a number of other books in the cycle (I haven't read them yet). There is a chronology across…moreIt certainly can be read as a stand-alone, but there are a number of other books in the cycle (I haven't read them yet). There is a chronology across the books, not the same as the order in which they were published.(less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 16, 2012 Jeffrey Keeten rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Terry (Dulac3)
I accepted the notebook. "My life is full of diaries."

Steven Huxley had just been handed the diary of his sidekick companion Harry Keeton. I am personally fond of Harry because our names are one letter away from being the same Keeton/Keeten. I am actually an impostor, my great great grandfather Thomas Newton Keaton changed his name to Keeten when he was conscripted into the Confederate army. Family lore states that he had a dispute with his older brother Major William Henry Harrison Keaton and t

I am not the ideal audience for this book. This is a book that takes the idea of fantasy very, very seriously. There is little love, or sense of joy in the magic; this is obsession and wildness, and while I'm a fan of pursuing passion and all things wild, this is the dreamscape extreme that occurred after a few too many tipples before bed.

Mythago Wood feels like a gothic fantasy, as if Jung and perhaps one of those Victorian spinsters got together and wove a tale about a small English family, a
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 5 thrilled stars of five

The Book Report: Go look at Jeffrey's review. I'll never be able to improve on that.

My Review: I have to add a few points to it, though.

The mythopoetic roots of the story are clear, and the entire experience of reading the tale is one of immersion into a vivified version of The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Work. Jung's brilliant conceptualization of "The Collective Unconscious" provides the underpinnings of Ryhope Wood, of course, but man-aliv
6.0 stars. This book is a MASTERPIECE and will likely be on my list of "All Time Favorite" novels before too long (though I always try and wait a little while after reading the book to see how long it stays with me).

In brief, the story revolves around a primeval forest that has survived intact since the Ice Age (if not before) and where archetypes of Man's universal myths and legends exist and the story of one family's exploration of this forest over two generations.

In describing my reaction t
Impresionante, si os gusta la fantasía, tenéis que leer esta novela si o si.
La historia nos narra como cuando Steven Huxley vuelve a casa tras luchar en la 2ª Guerra Mundial donde teóricamente le esperan su hermano Christian y una misteriosa joven llamada Guiwenneth; en realidad se encuentra con un persona descuidad y solitaria, aquejada por los miedos y las obsesiones que también había tenido su fallecido padre, tanto con el bosque que rodea su hogar como por la joven desaparecida. Con ciertas
What a great read! Holdstock managed to come up with something completely new and incredibly old at the same time with his Mythago Wood series. By mining the rich vein of British myth and tying it to both the Jungian subconscious and the magical influence of an acient living forest he managed to create a fantasy work that was both epic in scope and personal in its resonance. It's a work that truly stands the test of time.

In the first volume, _Mythago Wood_, we follow the story of Stephen Huxley
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

After his post-WWII convalescence in France, Steven Huxley is returning to his family's home on the edge of Ryhope Wood, a patch of ancient forest, in Britain. For as long as Steven remembers, his father, who recently died, had been so obsessed with the forest that it destroyed their family.

Upon returning home, Steven finds that his brother Christian is quickly following in their father's footsteps -- both figuratively and literally -- for he has also disc
I wish that I had liked this book more. After all, the dude in the helmet on the cover is cool. It has so many good ideas in it, avenues that I would have been interested in pursuing. But I just didn't connect with the characters. I don't get it. Why do none of these men, father & two sons, talk to each other? They all know that the woman whom they are fixated on isn't real--the author goes to great pains let us know through them that she is made of branches, leaves and soil. And yet, they a ...more
5 Stars

This will now sit in my all time favorite shelf as it an amazing piece of literary fiction, which just happens to be a fantasy. I am not going to summarize the story as much better reviewers than I have already done so, many times before. This nearly 30 year old novel that was first published in 1984, by Robert Holdstock, is still relevant today. I want to reiterate that this is truly a piece of literature first and a novel of fantasy second. It would sit better on the shelves about psych
Jared Logan
What starts as an intriguing concept begins to unravel due to poor pacing and plotting.

The premise of this one is really, really high-concept and it is thus:

A family lives near an ancient 'old-growth' wood. This is a small forest that has existed since medieval times and even back before that. The father, a scholar, is obsessed with the wood and often disappears for weeks at a time to plumb its depths. Why he is gone for that long is a mystery to his family because, you see, the wood is not very
Rating in the high 3's, so round upto 4 stars as tis summit different & for the most part engaging.

Lion, the witch & the wardrobe for adults perhaps......? As it has mythical elements, enchantment & aspects of time travel through a wood. I think my updates along the way will let you know whats involved & how the journey unravels..... if it's mythical figures through time, touch of paranormal, heroic figures, a damsel..... one more of a Celtic nature though so defo not a fairy pri
Jul 23, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ by: Xanetia Anassan
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“Guiwenneth susurró mi nombre, y yo susurré el suyo”

El bosque Ryhope es un lugar mágico, un lugar donde los mitos toman forma corpórea y viven. Aquellas historias legendarias, susurradas y transmitidas muchas de forma oral, habitan allí dentro. En su vasta extensión,el bosque jamás ha sido explorado por el ser humano. Nadie sabe exactamente qué hay allí dentro. Pero el padre de Christian y Steve se interna en él, descubre la existencia de unos seres míticos y los denomina «mitagos» (mito
Dec 02, 2008 whalesister rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard-core fantasy-lovers/writers interested in myth and archetype
Recommended to whalesister by: Matt Kirby
Interesting, weird. Definitely a guy story--for one thing the romance doesn't work for me at all--and, both because the main character is an adult, and because of some mature subject matter, I would say a fantasy for adults, not teens. Interesting use of archetype/myth; I felt slung into the realm of the subconscious, and I'm not sure I wanted to be there. Finishing the book feels like waking up from a bizarre dream. Artistically well-done, although I felt way too distant from any of the charact ...more
Ben Loory
there was a lot in this book i really loved. my favorite was the part where the forest seems to reach out to subsume the house and the oaks start to sprout up through the floors. everything about the forest itself is great and there is a real sense of magic and mystery to the book; it really feels like fantasy as opposed to the kind of pseudo-medieval historical fiction that often goes by that name. also i think this is one of those books that will grow in my mind over time as the ideas and imag ...more
While the concept is awesome, I find myself agreeing with those who think this book is just so-so. I won't rehash everything in detail, I'll just hit the main objections:
*There's nothing likeable about any of the characters, all of whom remain ciphers from beginning to end.
*Nobody ever bloody talks to each other in the way that normal folks do when confusion exists, which makes the relationships unbelievable.
*The love story isn't even remotely romantic. He loves that she smells bad and hangs out
What a peculiar book.

I read this when it first came out, which means I was about 9 or 10, and didn't understand it at all, although I remember that I really, really liked the ending. Reading it now, I have the oddest push-pull with it; I want to push it away because the narrative voice is so unattractive, so unemotional, so distant and uninviting -- and yet the story that the narrator is telling really ought to be interesting. Maybe it is interesting -- or is it? You see my confusion.

This is not
I would classify this book as high concept fantasy. Certainly, it is not to everyone's taste. I can sympathize with this, as sometimes I feel like I admire this book more than enjoy it.

Holdstock works through a lot of interesting ideas. The title Mythago Wood refers to a stand of West Midlands primeval forest that, like the TARDIS, is bigger within than without. The forest has an aura that interacts with the mytho-creative aspects of people's minds to produce mythagos, which are expressions of
This was a loaner from a London friend, and my first introduction to "mythic fantasy". I found it fascinating and compelling.

Very quickly, the story surrounds a family in Britain, c. end of WWI, and their interactions with the strange, ancient woodland on their property. Like so many other fantasy places, their wood is much bigger on the inside than out. Unlike many other fantasy environments, it's not a particularly nice place.

As you pass deeper into this wood, you also pass deeper into the his
Lauma Klintsone
Es reti lasu tulkojumus, ja varu no tiem izvairīties, bet šo izgadījās ieraudzīt ar atlaidi un nopirkt, kā mēdz notikt, ja ieiet grāmatnīcā.

Šajā gadījumā nebiju vīlusies, lai gan vietām nojaušams, ka bijis grūti - galu galā, mīts un valoda ir cieši saistīti, un tad, ja grāmatas varoņi mītisko varoņu senatnīgo valodu cenšas sasaistīt ar savu - mūsdienu angļu valodu, šos spriedelējumus pārnest tulkojumā droši vien nemaz īsti nevar. (Es nesaku, ka kaut kas ir slikti vai īpaši pazudis, jo arī neesmu
Sometimes, a book will hit a slow point that you just have to power through, and in the end, you'll be glad you did.

This was not one of those times.

I would say that the last third or so of Mythago Wood was painful, but that's kind of insulting to pain. I'm more than half convinced that Robert Holdstock wasn't an author, so much as a doctor secretly working on a way to cure insomnia. In the final third of Mythago Wood, he succeeded.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

**Warning: I just re-read my own
The late Robert Holdstock's 1984 offering, "Mythago Wood," was first brought to my attention by two trusted sources. The novel was chosen for inclusion in British critic David Pringle's "Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels" as well as Jones & Newman's overview volume "Horror: 100 Best Books." Pringle calls the book "fresh and ingenious," while no less a fantasy/horror expert than Michael Moorcock, writing in the Jones & Newman volume, uses such words as "marvellous," "elegant" and "t ...more
These days one often finds how undeserving of the name "fantasy" the genre seems to be. It shouldn't be that way. If there's one genre that should resist definition, that should seek constantly to define itself by being different to what has gone before, it is Fantasy. It's the genre that need least concern itself with rules and traditions and yet it finds itself dominated with well used tropes, cliches and soap operas.

So when one finds some new and original fantasy, it is an all to rare and ple
"To attempt to write a straightforward synopsis of Mythago Wood itself is almost to lose the very essence of the novel, to break away from the ethereal feeling which transcends the book."

That one I got from a reviewer from somewhere, to excuse myself from making a lengthy review of this book. I know, I just read the book last December 2009. For being a late reader of the fantasy genre, I tried to check wikipedia for the books that received high praises from the previous decade, and found this!

I think someone called this a "dream like" book. I would say more nightmare-ish. The idea of mythic figures living in a magical forest is quite nice at first, but once the mythagos actually showed up (materializing out of the "real" characters' subconsciousness), I found them threatening and frightening in a ghostly way. The numerous stories-within-a-story grew tiresome, though they did add to the mythic feel of the book. I never really felt like I "knew" the characters, perhaps in part due to t ...more
This best thing I can say for this book is that my copy had blank pages between many of the chapters, which made the book go by faster. I begin to think that the fantasy genre of woods/nature/princesses/magic is not for me. This book featured a mythological archetype wood-maiden--sprung fully formed from the mind of the protagonist--whose best quality seems to be that she's really hot. Oh, and she has a earthy, female smell, which is unpleasant but still erotic. Sigh. The rest is a mishmash of a ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I wasn't really taken with this book, but my wife (who passed away recently) loved it. I list it here in her honer. Where I found it slightly wandering and lacking focus, she saw beautiful prose. So you might try it. I admit it has a certain "feel" and "voice" it just didn't reach me as it did her.
Stephanie Swint
This book feels like it should have been made for me. It's a mixture of myth, research, World War II, and fantasy. That being said, it had difficulty keeping my attention. It had all the right components but something left me wanting. It has action, so that is not what made it feel slow. It is full of treachery, familial betrayal, and even doomed love It reminds me of a classic. It is a book that has all the right pieces but gets so focused on the style of writing it almost overshadows its subje ...more
Linda Robinson
The premise is extraordinary, and those paragraphs that truck with what the Ryhope Wood means, and of what the woods are composed, and by whom it is populated are ingenious. But there is a really big BUT here. This book was written in 1984, much later than Tolkien's trilogy, Heinlein's scifi, and the dwindling presence of women in science fiction/fantasy magazines and compilations. I have schooled myself to ignore the cultural dunderheadness of the treatment of women before 1970, but am disincli ...more
Mythago Wood (pronounced mith-AH-go) came highly recommended, but I found the rotting forest setting of this contemporary English fantasy claustrophobic. The protagonist, "Steve" is not developed beyond a revenge quest avatar.

The story has an interesting premise: When Steve Huxley enters the small, mysterious woodland near his estranged father's lodge, the forest becomes immense, warping time and space. The wood produces 'mythagos'-- the individual's manifestations of mythic archetypes from the
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Robert Paul Holdstock was an English novelist and author who is best known for his works of fantasy literature, predominantly in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction.

Holdstock's writing was first published in 1968. His science fiction and fantasy works explore philosophical, psychological, anthropological, spiritual, and woodland themes. He has received three BSFA awards and won the World Fantas
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