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The Three Mulla-Mulgars

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The saga of three motherless monkeys who search for their father through a series of nightmarish and wondrous landscapes and events.
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1910)
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Levi Walls
May 28, 2015 Levi Walls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What an absolutely delightful book, I almost want to take a star as Mr. Le Mare never wrote a sequel to this outstanding adventure. All at once a fantastical adventure, fairy tale, and yet deep and moving classic. I greatly relate to Nod the younger brother, also lovingly known as the Ummanodda Nizza-Neela eeganeares, along with at times a variety of other derogatory nicknames. He reminds me of myself in many ways which makes the story that much more captivating, and I think a lot of people coul ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Brendan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolute delight. This is a magical tale of three monkey brothers who go in search of their father, and have great adventure along the way. De la Mare wrote ghost stories and poetry, and viewed children with their extraordinary imaginations as sort of creative visionaries. You can almost feel him reaching back for this here. There's an unbridled playfulness with language in this novel that prefigures CS Lewis and Tolkien - in fact I'd be surprised if de la Mare wasn't an influence on the ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Jefferson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The Three Mulla-mulgars (1919) by Walter de la Mare is a forgotten classic of fantastic adventure. Perhaps one reason for its neglect these days is that although it has many features of a book for children--a child protagonist, talking animals, magical artifacts, supernatural events, exciting adventures, and exquisite pictures by Dorothy P. Lathrop--it also features a richly poetic and idiosyncratic writing style, a complicated religious and philosophical foundation, and an times confusing and u ...more
Oct 14, 2013 brook rated it liked it
I may have been in the mood for sci-fi, received this as a sci-fi recommendation, and been disappointed. I picked it up again and enjoyed it. It is not to the depth of description of other "epic journey" books, and indeed you are left wanting more of a description in some cases. It would be a good juvenile pick-up to get them into the genre without weighing them down with 40 pages on a village like Tolkien.

Could not finish the book. A laborious start, it
Jul 23, 2016 LemmiSchmoeker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ach, dieses Buch vergnügt einfach! De la Mare kann sich nie entscheiden, ob er ein Märchen oder eine Abenteuergeschichte erzählen will, und so hüpfen die Malla-Malgars munter durch Urwälder, Flüsse, Metaphern und Symbole. Dabei fallen ihm immer wieder neue witzige oder absurde Begebenheiten ein, die er ernsthaft und spitzfindig beschreibt. Das führt aber eben auch dazu, dass das Buch sich auf Dauer etwas dahinschleppt, denn ein Ende ist nie in Sicht, und die Reise dauert genau so lange, bis de l ...more
Lovely graphics. Drawings by Mildred E. Eldridge.

"What pleasure have great princes."


Long -- long is Time, though books be brief;
Adventures strange -- ay, past belief ---
Await the Reader’s drowsy eye;
But, wearied out, he’d lay them by.

But, if so be, he’d some day hear
All that befell these brothers dear
In Tishnar’s lovely Valleys -- well,
Poor pen, thou must that story tell!

But farewell, now, you Mulgars three!
Farewell, your faithful company!
Farewell, the heart that loved unbidden --
Nod’s dark
Jonny Mott
May 20, 2012 Jonny Mott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The relationships between the three brothers in this book are really beautiful. I was very taken by the philosophy of the mullar-mulgars, and by the strong themes of brotherhood and friendship.
Will definitely be reading it to my boy when he's 8 or 9.
Oct 25, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
I'm afraid I like Kipling's animal stories better, but that said, The Three Mullah-Mulgars is one of
de la Mare's better books. The Dorothy Lathrop illustrations are enchanting.
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Walter John de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and The Listeners. He was descended from a family of French Huguenots, and was educated at St Paul's School. His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eig ...more
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