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Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
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May 13, 10

bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended for: dedicated readers of fantasy

Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, written pre-1950: This is truly a fairy tale for adults. I was at first confused as I tried to understand the story line but in the end it was really quite simple. Lud-in-the-Mist is a town situated between two rivers - the Dapple and the Dawl. The Dapple originates beyond the Debatable Hills west of Lud-in-the-Mist, in Fairyland. Fairy things were once revered by the residents but when Duke Aubrey was expelled from the country, Dorimare, all things fairy became taboo. Fairy fruit was eaten and enjoyed by the people but now even mention of the fruit is a crime. The mayor, Nathaniel Chanticleer, is the unlikely hero of this tale. His son, Ranulph, has believed to have eaten the forbidden fruit and eventually disappears. Soon many cases of fairy fruit eating occur and strange things begin to happen in the town. Then the daughters of the towns most elite disappear. Chanticleer sets out to solve the mystery and,in the process, travels to Fairyland seeking his beloved son. Does the town survive these strange events? Does Chanticleer survive? Does he find his son? One needs to read this classic fairytale to know. It is an unforgettable read.
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