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The Three Mulla-Mulgars (1919)

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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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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
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
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
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
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.
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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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