The Wood Beyond The World.

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Title: The Wood beyond the World.

Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions

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Overview

Title: The Wood beyond the World.

Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is one of the world's largest research libraries holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, patents, maps, stamps, prints and much more. Its collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial additional collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.

The NOVELS OF THE 18th & 19th CENTURIES collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. The collection includes major and minor works from a period which saw the development and triumph of the English novel. These classics were written for a range of audiences and will engage any reading enthusiast.

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Morris, William;
1895.
vi. 250 p. ; 8º.
012628.h.1.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781241209919
  • Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 7.44 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

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    Dull hero, unbalanced plot

    Having heard that both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien greatly admired Morris's stories and were influenced by him, I thought I might be interested in picking up this book. Written in beautiful archaic medieval-sounding English, it felt very much the fairy tale. But, definitely not for youngsters. Not only is it sometimes difficult to understand (although I got the gist of what was trying to be said), the story also included adult content. I could see some similarities between C. S. Lewis' "The Silver Chair" and Morris' "The Wood Beyond the World". In both stories, the protagonist is taken in by a seductive witch. In "Silver Chair", once the prince becomes unenchanted and is made aware of the witch's deceitfulness, he draws his sword and kills her, and afterwards escapes. But in "The Wood...", Walter knows from the first that the witch is evil, but is instructed by his sweetheart to "play it safe, play along, and bide his time." I became disappointed in Walter as the story went along because there was never a time he was allowed to BE THE HERO (you know, draw the sword, kill the bad guy and rescue the maiden... I don't know-- maybe I watch too many cowboy movies!). It was all deceitfulness and "guile". Having the two bad guys kill each other felt like a lame ending to the main plot, but the story keeps on with several mini-plots afterward (which made the story feel unbalanced). Not only was the "hero" dull, he also doesn't seem very loyal. Still married to an unfaithful woman, he begins his voyage to other lands where he encounters two other women he falls for. One is a beautiful and pure maiden, who becomes his loyal sweetheart; the other is the seductive witch, whom Walter sleeps with to keep up his charade of being her pet. It doesn't get graphic, but it is made known that Walter and the witch spend the night together. On the other hand, one positive thing about the book is that throughout their travels, Walter and the maiden remain abstinent with each other until their marriage at the end. But I have to wonder: what about Walter's first wife? The story never related that he ever divorced her. Was he a polygamist? And what was the Maiden's and the witch's name? These two prominent characters remained nameless throughout the whole book. I thought the book kept up good suspense most of the way through. That was what kept me reading-- I wanted to find out what happened. This book might be of interest to die-hard fans of Lewis and Tolkien, and also to fantasy and classic lit. buffs.

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