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Nicola

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  • The White Isle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Darrell Schweitzer
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
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    (4)
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    (4)

    Darrell Schweitzer's first novel is a powerful tale of Prince Evnos of Iankoros, who seeks to reclaim his bride from the God of Death. Rich with strange sorceries, grim mythologies, and hostile gods, this is a tale of heroism and horror, seeming triumph and subsequent tragedy, and strange turns of fate which none of the characters could possible foresee. It is a modern classic reminiscent of E.R. Eddison, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Lord Dunsany - and yet uniquely the author's own.

    Katherine says: "The story of Prospero gone bad"
    "Unsure what to take away from this story"
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    What did you like best about The White Isle? What did you like least?

    I found the White Isle to be an uneasy mix of fantasy epic and horror. The language and story form is reminiscent of Phyllis Eisenstein or Ursula LeGuin's more young-adult style, but changes to a graphic description of Dante's Inferno part-way. After a jarring switch of scene, it attempts to switch back, but the reader is left with an impression of a world without hope, and somewhat without internal consistency. I struggled through, hoping that the story might become brighter or more purposeful, but was ultimately disappointed.


    What three words best describe Martin Gollery’s performance?

    occasionally wooden, but did attempt to give life to the story, and used multiple voices for the different characters.


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