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The Owl Service | [Alan Garner]

The Owl Service

After hearing scratches in the attic, Alison discovers a dinner service covered in an intriguing floral owl pattern, and a series of events are set in motion that will change her life forever. Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are forced into a cyclical replay of the tragic Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, in which a woman is turned into an owl as a punishment for betraying her husband.
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Publisher's Summary

After hearing scratches in the attic, Alison discovers a dinner service covered in an intriguing floral owl pattern, and a series of events are set in motion that will change her life forever. Alison, her step-brother Roger, and Welsh boy Gwyn are forced into a cyclical replay of the tragic Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, in which a woman is turned into an owl as a punishment for betraying her husband.

The Owl Service is a fabulous, multi-layered book of mystery and suspense, but also a contemporary musing on love, class structure and power.

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What the Critics Say

"Garner's remarkable writing is simple and straighforward without one wasted word. He lets the audience figure things out through action and dialogue. Characters are well defined. Experienced narrator Wayne Forester is superb. Not only does he take on the voices of disparate characters with practiced ease, he also manages it so seamlessly and immediately that it seems as though there must be two speakers." (SoundComentary.com)

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    Colin Seattle, WA, United States 09-04-14
    Colin Seattle, WA, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "For Anyone Who Loves Myth"

    Garner has thought deeply about myth, but instead of producing a commentary, he has written a novel, thrilling and wise, that links Welsh legend to teen angst and the gulf of adult worry that gapes before the young. This book is never straightforward in how it treats the old stories, but it never loses its way as it guides you deep into the feelings of its characters. A good example of a "kids" book that dares to do things few "adult" books could pull off.

    This is a top-quality recording. The reader paints the characters well, and has complete command over the various Welsh and English voices the story calls for.

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  • David
    Ganton, Scabourgh, United Kingdom
    11/2/10
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    "About this book"

    This is one of the best books by him, and my favourite.
    It is based on one of the old Welsh stories, it is defiantly for older listeners, due to its deep and complex narrative. I hilly recommend it, it will leave you thinking about it for a long time after you finish it. Also it?s been made into a good TV series a long time ago, for thaws of you who really like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seaspirit
    stowmarket, suffolk, United Kingdom
    3/26/13
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    "an old story with a modern link, much reread"

    alan garner tells a good legend set in more normal times, where the old magic leaks into the lives of children and bring them alive.

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  • The Slowest Bookworm
    Stockport, UK
    5/22/09
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    "Different"

    This is the second book by this author I have listened to and I have to say that if it had been the first, I probably wouldn't bother reading any more of his. An odd book, but one I had to finish. Definitely not in the same league as The Weird Stone of Brisingamen.

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