Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain #4)
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Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess...more
This book follows Taran as he quests for his parentage. Alexander introduces us to some of his most nuanced, interesting characters yet, such as Craddoc; and Taran himself grows...more
That is the question Taran seeks to answer in book four of the Chronicles of Prydain. Taran has already had many adventures, fought many foes, won several battles, and fallen in love with Princess Eilonwy. He is held in high esteem by all who know him, yet he is still an Assistant Pig-Keeper, an orphan with no known history. Were his parents peasants, or could he be of noble blood, making him worthy of the princess? This is what he seeks to learn, and he covers all of Prydain in his q...more
Taran Wanderer focuses entirely on Taran as he struggles to find out where he comes from and who his parents are. It is uniquely written, as each chapter covers (more or less) one leg of his journey, as he confronts some problem, learns from it, and continues his journey. It is very satisfying to see Taran do things right and succeed in everything he does through his own wit, rather than bei...more
Taran has gone through many quests and tough times. He is working at Caer Dallben when he wonders who his parents are. He now goes on a great journey to discover who his parents are.
A couple of the many problems Taran faces are that Taran finds Doli, who has been turned into a frog, he sees war going on between two kings and a king trying to stop it, and he makes a blade that looks ugly but is extremely strong.
My favorite character was Gurgi because he is...more
This time I've read the series in order and at a quick pace. I would still recommend them to young people, though I find myself less satisfied than when I re...more
The Chronicles of Prydain are children's books. Some children's books hold up well when read by an adult, but these are definitely for kids and do not carry any added depth. The adventures are amusing but flat. You might smile at Eilonwy's sass and moxie and Fflewdur Fflam's tall tales. But you're probably also going to cringe at Taran's e...more
One example comes from Hevvyd the smith, “Life is a forge, say I!” telling Taran that life...more
For the most part it lacks an adventure or "quest" to drive the plot. There are a few small, episodic quests with magic and danger and fighting, but for the most part it wanders around as aimlessly as the hero, following Assistant Pig-Keeper Taran on a somewhat hapless attempt to discover his parentage.
(I don't want to spoil too much here, but the important lesson is that it doesn't matter w...more
Now that I'm older and wiser...or maybe now that I have a longer attention span and a greater appreciation for the difficulties of "scratching for my own worms," I reall...more
Many fantasy series subscribe to the classic tradition of "The Hero grows up through his adventures." But they often try to shoehorn it in with the rest of the action. This series actually stopped the progre...more
We are visited by several old friends from previous books in the series and introduced to a handful of new bad guys. I have to say t...more
While the plot may seem a bit disjointed and directionless if viewed as a typical fantasy adventure like its predecessors, the arc of the plot makes more sense as "literary fiction," where the real action is interna...more
I was about to put this book back and then recognized the "Black Cauldron" title from the Disney movie. I am glad that I decided to read this seri...more
Sí, eso es todo adiós.
Mentira...bueno, este es el penúltimo libro de Las Crónicas de Prydain...y fue hermoso.
Es cierto, extrañé a Eilonwy de sobremanera, pero ella no podía ver a Taran de esa manera, aunque le hubiera gustado estar en esos momentos difíciles por los que nuestro Taran tuvo que pasar.
Es un libro maduro y profundo, y sin embargo, no es un acertijo indescifrable, cualquiera con un poco de curiosidad puede ver más allá de esas palabras y todos pueden sentir el dolor, la desesperac...more
Taran's character evolves rapidly during his travails here, making me think he wou...more
Nonetheless, while something of a boy's club without Eilonwy around, Taran Wanderer is a very, very well-done coming of age, that I kind of wish I'd read as a kid myself. For someone who's been reading the whole series, Taran develops so slowly and realistically that by the end it feels like the other characters realize what a hero and a bad-ass he is before the reader does.
Even it was just for one character, but it was well-paced and deep enough to notice.
I love this book how Taran might lost evrery fight he fought yet he stood up and continue his journey.
I love this book how Taran could see clear of those lords and kings who want to be what they was lacked of.
I love this book how Taran believed the word of that guy who lied to him, then believed that guy was his father, Taran accepted that lie as fact and do his best in that roles.
It's OK just like the others. One good thing is that the disjointed, episodic writing style that bothered me in the first three books actually is OK here since Taran is just wandering around being impetuously noble and winning hearts in preparation for the last book. Fortunate coincidence plays a huge role in all of these books, but the Morva thing was really bad, and the whole Mo...more
It's less an epic journey than the others in the...more
This is, quite simply, a beautiful book. It strongly reminds me of The Sword in the Stone, which...more
In some ways, this is the weakest of the books, being a series of only occasionally suspenseful events, with little in the way on conflict or climax, and...more
However, as an adult this is by far my favorite of all the books. I actually have to keep several copies of these books around. I have my nice copies, that even I hardly touch and I have my ratty 'loved' copies. The loved copies are some of my most prized possessions. They are full of underlined quotes that are simply fabulous. I have ne...more
I originally read the Prydain series in elementary school and remembered liking them. I had mentioned them in the past to my daughter and she's been wanting to read them for a while. So the whole family decided to read them. Unfortunately, they were not nearly as good as I remembered. The stories were pretty simplistic and childish with not a lot of detail. The characters were one dimensional with repetitive descriptions based off a single characteristic. A couple characters actual...more