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The Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany
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Dec 26, 2011

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bookshelves: collected-shorts, fantasy, electronic, gutenberg-p, reviewed
Read from December 15 to 20, 2011

Lord Dunsany presents a series of tales, with varying degrees of wonder, from small intrusions on the Victorian world to full fledged fantasy. There is a feeling of haphazardness, of a half built world, of ideas and names reused. Some are moral fables, some are funny, a few just want to tickle our imagination.

Dunsany was the biggest single influence on most of the Fantasy writers in English in the first half of the century, and indirectly most of the rest. His love of baroque and colourful language has filtered into the whole genre. The stories seem familiar, because we have already read their descendants. And yet they still keep the spark of novelty, the surprise. Not bad for tales a century old.


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