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  • Title: Lud-in-the-Mist
  • Author: Hope Mirrlees
  • ISBN: 9781857987676
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lud in the Mist, the capital city of the small country Dorimare, is a port at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl The Dapple has its origin beyond the Debatable Hills to the west of Lud in the Mist, in Fairyland In the days of Duke Aubrey, some centuries earlier, fairy things had been look upon with reverence, and fairy fruit was brought down the DappleLud in the Mist, the capital city of the small country Dorimare, is a port at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl The Dapple has its origin beyond the Debatable Hills to the west of Lud in the Mist, in Fairyland In the days of Duke Aubrey, some centuries earlier, fairy things had been look upon with reverence, and fairy fruit was brought down the Dapple and enjoyed by the people of Dorimare But after Duke Aubrey had been expelled from Dorimare by the burghers, the eating of fairy fruit came to be regarded as a crime, and anything related to Fairyland was unspeakable Now, when his son Ranulph is believed to have eaten fairy fruit, Nathaniel Chanticleer, the mayor of Lud in the Mist, finds himself looking into old mysteries in order to save his son and the people of the city.
    Lud in the Mist Lud in the Mist the capital city of the small country Dorimare is a port at the confluence of two rivers the Dapple and the Dawl The Dapple has its origin beyond the Debatable Hills to the west of

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    1. 30 odd years before Tolkein published The Lord of the Rings , a British woman named Hope Mirrlees wrote a fantasy called Lud in the Mist Neil Gaiman wrote an introduction to the edition I read and I can see that he meant every word His own Stardust draws very heavily on Lud in the Mist , especially in setting and tone Other recent novels that are reminiscent of Lud in the Mist are Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke and Little, Big by John Crowley They all share a theme of the real wo [...]

    2. Neil Gaiman raved about this book, so I read it I wish I could have read it without knowing anything about it but I still liked it It was written in the 1920 s before fantasy tropes were so set in stone so it goes in directions you don t expect it to Also, it s as though the author never heard of the idea that fantasy is a juvenile and disreputable genre, so she takes herself and her book seriously and uses fantasy to explore real and important ideas.

    3. Izgleda da je Lud in the Mist Lud u magli Lad Ko bi ga znao najpoznatiji nepoznati fentezi U tom smislu da je objavljen 1926 i da je njegova istinski ekscentri na i jednako istinski bogata autorka posle toga uglavnom batalila pisanje mo da je smatrala da je u dvadeset petoj rekla sve to je imala I da je slede ih devedesetak godina njegov uticaj na fantastiku, naro ito britansku, vrlo prisutan i vrlo skriven ak i onda kad pisci na koje je Houp Mirliz presudno uticala recimo Nil Gejman i Suzana Kl [...]

    4. Of course, I come to this novel via Tim Powers, who quoted it quite tantalizingly and memorably in Last Call as one to which Scott Crane and his late wife often referred in their intimate shorthand with one another At one point Susan s ghost, or at least the chthonic spirt of alcohol that is impersonating Susan refers to a blackish canary canary as in the sense of a shade of yellow rather than that of the bird of that name as a way of commenting on Scott s refusal to grasp what is really going o [...]

    5. An exquisite, well written, fascinating fantasy unfortunately, a very disappointing ending Or, should I say, very disappointing AFTER the ending, as the episode of Master Nathaniel meeting Duke Aubrey and finding the truth about Fairyland should have been the excellent ending of the book.However, the author decided to write a few chapters , and the conclusion was not at all fit for the story.Worth reading, though Could have been a masterpiece it is, at the end of the day, just a fine book with a [...]

    6. Neil Gaiman made me do it Er, for those who don t know, Neil Gaiman touted Lud in the mist as one of the best yet most overlooked Fantasy novels of the twentieth century, and in my humble opinion he slightly, just slightly, oversold it Sure, it s a beautifully written book, and Fantasy notwithstanding, surprisingly timeless actually, it s pretty hard to believe it was written in 1926 , but for some reason I found it a bit hard to get into the story and care for any of the characters I appreciate [...]

    7. This is a tale of the relationship between Fairyland and ordinary life, which puts it at the heart of my favorite storytelling traditions Born during the late lifetime of fellow countryman George MacDonald relevant works Phantastes, Lilith , and just thirteen years younger than G.K Chesterton Orthodoxy , Mirrlees seems to write under the guidance of the same muse that led them It wouldn t surprise me if she were directly influenced by either one or both nor would it surprise me if, like both of [...]

    8. I don t think I m well read enough to review this book as is the case with many British writers of that period, Mirrlees is far better classically educated than I am, and I m sure I missed quite a few of her references However, I now firmly agree with Neil Gaiman that this is the single most beautiful, solid, unearthly, and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the twentieth century so I felt I should attempt to review it here in the hopes that I get a few people to seek it out.This is most distinct [...]

    9. I ve been meaning to read Lud in the Mist for ages and ages, and I don t know why I didn t get round to it sooner It is classic fantasy like Lord Dunsany s work than anything modern, though maybe Patricia McKillip might be a spiritual successor in some ways The prose is glorious it just feels warm and vivid, though honey tinged in colour I felt, reading it, like I could see the city of Lud like I knew something of the dreams of its people, even if their daily lives were perhaps a little too dev [...]

    10. Maravilloso cl sico de la fantas a escrito en 1926, moderno, ir nico, cr tico, lleno de personajes carism ticos, con ese maravilloso aire de leyenda, de cuento antiguo Tremendamente evocador Qui n no se ha preguntado en qu bosques misteriosos nuestros antepasados descubrieron los modelos que inspiraron las bestias y los p jaros de sus tapices No hay ninguna cosa cotidiana que, contemplada desde cierto ngulo, no se transforme en un hada Piense en el Dapple, o en el Dawl, cuando se pierden en el c [...]

    11. The people of Lud werewell, Luddites This book I read long ago and it is by turns very sad, very funny, and always mind tickling This is one of thoseif you can find it, must reads of fantasy Of course some will disagree with mebut I d say if you get the chance, read it.

    12. Why is Neil Gaiman s name on this too Can that ego maniac go away forever Anyway, I m enjoying it, and it s pretty mysterious and interesting so far.

    13. A fairy tale for adults Both serious and light, this is a story that works on than one level The surface narrative is an intriguing story and mystery that gradually builds tension and is delivered with a pleasant, leisurely prose style But also the author is trying to say something about society and the meaning of life.Stylistically, I found echoes of this in Jack Vance s Lyonesse books Certainly I think if you liked one then you ll like the other But don t read this if you want conventional h [...]

    14. I ve been thinking why couldn t I finish this book, why did I get so bored Now I know because I couldn t care for any of the characters None was sympathetic None inspired me to like him or her, even a little bit In that, this book resembled a satire, but it wasn t sufficiently funny either It also read like a huge metaphor, but I didn t like what I was seeing in it Too close to home, I suppose.And it was too slow I stopped reading on page 85, when still nothing happened, just lots of talk about [...]

    15. An obscure fantasy classic, if that isn t too much of an oxymoron This little gem was first published in 1926, then re released in 2005 with a beautiful cover and too many typos I have no patience for publishers milking a dead author s work without bothering to copyedit, even if they do have great cover artists.Lud in the Mist is set in a fictional land reminiscent of pre industrial England it feels like a precursor to Tolkien s Shire Of all the modern fantasy I ve read, the book that feels most [...]

    16. ahhhh this rocked It s funny how this mostly takes place in the Real World as opposed to Fairyland and Neil Gaiman s Stardust mostly takes place in Fairyland not the Real World , and yet there is magic in a single serif on any letter of any word on any page of Lud in the Mist than there is in the ENTIRE BOOK of Stardust.I should note that its handling of race is weird Tolkien style all the non white people are from somewhere else Indigo people appear to be the world s analogue for black brown p [...]

    17. I m not a big fan of this sort of fantasy It s a good read as this thing goes, just not my kind of stuff Whimsical fairy tale with a bit of a grim side to it that is hard to categorize Probably a bit of an influence on authors like Neil Gaiman Nod and a wink kind of stuff that is charming and sly at the same time.

    18. I can t believe it took me so long to read this It s a classic fantasy novel, totally essential to anyone who loves this type of book After reading this book, it seems that there s a whole tradition of literature descended directly from this story Unlike Tolkien who I love this is a modern take on folklore and human nature but at the same time it reaches back far into primal things I can really see where writers like Neil Gaiman and Suzanne Clarke are coming from.

    19. Si os gusta el folclore y los cuentos de hadas ten is que leer Entrebrumas es dif cil hoy d a encontrar historias con hadas as de buenas, de aut nticas y enraizadas en el f rtil suelo de la tradici n feerica occidental Una delicia de libro, contado al ritmo pausado de quien charla junto al fuego.

    20. I have wanted to read this for awhile so I am thrilled that I was able to secure a copy through inter library loan This will be the last book I read of 2017, and what a great little gem to finish the year on.This almost forgotten fantasy tells the story of a country and it s people Dorimare, that is bounded by sea and mountains and watered by two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl The Dapple has it s source in the country to the west, Fairyland, which borders Dorimare with the Debatable Mountains a [...]

    21. Virginia Woolf described Hope Mirrlees as capricious, exacting, exquisite, very learned, and beautifully dressed which also, I think, describes Mirrlees s greatest book Lud in the Mist.Lud in the Mist is the capital of Dorimare, which borders fairyland But ever since the aristocracy were chased off and the merchants established control of the town, fairy has been a dirty word and no crime is depraved and taboo than the eating of fairy fruit Fairyland and Dorimare must be reconciled, and the boo [...]

    22. Lud in the Mist comes highly recommended, first by the situation of its author Mirlees was an intimate of Woolf and Eliot, and they both praised some of her work and second by a number of modern authors who claim that it is a forgotten fantasy masterpiece.Unfortunately, it is merely okay I realize that many people think it unfair to judge a book by modern standards, but that s exactly the standard that I have for books I read and there are any number of truly classic novels that can stand up to [...]

    23. This was a great story, fantastic in its fantasy and deeply felt Clean, hopeful, not overly intense or focused on darkness It also emphasizes the saving grace of creativity in our lives It was rather symbolic, much of which I could just get a whiff of and almost recognize, other aspects I felt were really quite familiar Because it was written before too many formulas for story telling had been cursed into stone, it is unusual, fresh, and expects much of its reader Beautiful passages, interesting [...]

    24. One of my favorite books Subtle, sly, terrifying, funny, precise Mirrlees is a prime example of a female writer whose ideas were appropriated and overshadowed by other male writers Case in point one of the first passages, after Master Nathaniel accidentally plays a note from an enchanted lute He was never again the same man For years that note was the apex of his nightly dreams the point towards which, by their circuitous and seemingly senseless windings, they had all the time been converging It [...]

    25. Lud In The Mist has stuck in my mind like soft, dreamy taffy It s a perfect example of a book I would have never found without It has it all pre Tolkien genre concepts, fantasy that leans towards the faerie than the fairy, and a comfortingly British cast to follow.The story is very rote Agatha Christie stuff Taboo fairy fruit keeps finding its way into the city People eat the fruit go slightly batty Our distinctly British heroes must find out how and why There s a mysterious widow, a lost son, [...]

    26. A fantasy tale predating The Lord of the Rings by decades Lud In the Mists is the capital of Dorimare, a prosperous country that bordered on Fairyland, and once upon a time had been a duchy before they revolted at the last one s caprice and destructiveness Now it was ruled by a wealthy merchant class and very content they were, having prohibited any dealings with Fairyland at all particularly with its fruit, which has a peculiar effect on those who eat it, who are never content after without it [...]

    27. This book is full of parables that you can feel the essence of, but never quite get with your conscious mind But same as how in the book it s told that the characters understood certain things not with their mind but somehow differently, you understand it as well, without really understanding it It s like remembering a dream after waking up somehow it all makes sense, although nothing really does, and things can t be arranged in order at all, happening simultaneously but at the same time one aft [...]

    28. This was a very charming little book, by turns witty, melancholy, nostalgic and playful While it was fascinating to get an idea of what the fantasy genre looked like before Lord of the Rings, the book s age definitely showed in some of the very outdated social commentary that surfaced from time to time I also feel like I might have better appreciated the book if I had a better idea of the context it was written in, because I m convinced that there was a lot of thinly veiled political commentary [...]

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