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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
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Apr 14, 12

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Read in November, 2008, read count: two

The fourth book in the Chronicles of Prydain. Taran, despairing that he will ever know himself, leaves Caer Dallben with Gurgi to find the Mirror of Llunet, which will show himself as he truly is. Taran meets greedy cantrev lords, aids a generous king, is taken captive by a mad wizard, and apprentices himself to a smith, a weaver, and a potter.

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 that being of the very simplistic kind. But while Alexander is cramming the Archetypical Quest to Become a Man into a slim children’s volume, his always very fine writing carries the book along, and the inner growth of Taran is a fine lesson for children and young adults, who are on the same quest.

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