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Duncton Wood by William Horwood
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Jul 17, 09

bookshelves: anthropomorphic-fantasy
Read in February, 1988

A friend of mine loaned this to me in college in the 80s, having picked it up in England (it wasn't published or available in the US until several years later). It's a top-rate anthropomorphic fantasy about moles--it's quite a bit like Watership Down, though the mole community is perhaps a bit more complex philosophically, but ultimately they're really moles, unlike some animal fantasies where the characters are essentially people in animal form. A strong story of love.

I never finished the entire series... they eventually get very bogged down in religious philosophy and stuff (or perhaps it was the 1000+ page length of each of of the later volumes). But the first book remains worth reading.
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