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The Water Of The Wondrous IslesThis scarce antiuarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations This is without a doubt the best William Morris book I've read so far It was the last Romance he wrote before he died and it is perfect The biggest difference between this and the other romances I've read is the main character is a woman While I have uite a few issues with the Bechdel test this book passes it on page 3 And is only women characters for the first 100 pages It is such a wonderful story an evil witch whose not actually all that evil but powerful and beautiful and strange kidnaps a young baby and brings it to live with her in the woods Everything is fairy tale like but there's also an adult rather than a childlike feeling to the book The main character isn't perfect and her inpatience at one points results in a tragic death of one of her friends She's head strong and wise but at the same time sometimes she's uite scared and needs others to help her and othertimes she's capable of taking care of herself It's a great mix There are also so many wonderful little asides that make it obviously written by William Morris Like when the main character decides she needs to leave her friends behind as she fears a love triangle is developing she moves to the city and is able to support herself working and making incredibly gorgeous embroidery I loved that she was able to be totally self sufficent support herself through work and make beautiful things After having been attacked for her virtue she decided to dress as a man which didn't fool everyone but made for one or two interesting bits The other nice thing was that the women were just as passionate and inerested in physical love as the men The relationships weren't all clean and fairy tale with one person meeting falling in love and getting married but felt much realistic There was also a wonderful uote about prisons and how they were places that rich people put poor people The only problem I had was telling the difference between her three women friends Either they needed a little characterisation or I needed to be paying attention which I definitely will do next time I read thisThis is definitely the 2nd best book I've read this year very close to Alan Moore's Voice of fire It was a wonderful uest written beautifuly with interesting characters I read it througout Floyd's illness and I don't think any other book could have distracted me so well I bought a copy of the first edition on Abebooks and that was definitely the right way to read it Though now I really want to see pictures from the kelmscott editionThis book was so wonderful and perfect I'm really happy I read it

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Marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important we have made it available as part of our commitment fo C S Lewis is uoted on the back cover which is utterly unsurprising Morris's influence on Lewis and for that matter Tolkien ought to be immediately apparent to anyone who has read both Morris is arguably the originator of what evolved into twentieth century high fantasy literature with books like this one Morris here combines elements of fairy tale witches literal fairies with the conceits of medieval romance complete with a sort of cod medieval diction and language that mostly works well and hints of allegory or at least allusiveness What if anything seuences such as the visits to the various islands the Isle of Increase Unsought as close as Morris gets in this book to anything like a socialist commentary the Isle of the Young and the Old the Isle of the ueens and the Isle of the Kings represent is anyone's guess Morris clearly conceives of them as important each is visited three times and is radically transformed between each visit but readers are left to puzzle about it The air of mystery provided thereby and elsewhere as well but mostly in these bits gives the book a perhaps unearned sense of depth but it's a canny strategy regardless Plotwise there's not a lot that happens and what does happen plays on fairly conventional tropes lost child reunited with parent knights fighting for their lovers etc but it does so in often surprising ways For instance what seems to be set up as a schematic loss and recovery narrative gets thrown akilter when one of the three knights lamenting his lost beloved ends up falling in love with our protagonist the interestingly named Birdalone Another lover is killed off unceremoniously There's a lot complex psychology and sex that one would expect either in a nineteenth century novel or in high fantasy at least as it evolved in writers such as Lewis and Tolkien who may have owed huge debts to Morris but consistently eschew this one aspect of his work The number of men who fall in love with Birdalone does get a tad tiresome after a while On the one hand it speaks thematically to her function as the idealized woman but on the other is feels a lot like a cliche and an overused one at that Nevertheless this is a fascinating book that I think anyone seriously interested in heroic fantasy would find worth a look

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Download Doc Õ The Water Of The Wondrous Isles ✓ 368 pages ✓ Naturaltreatment é This scarce antiuarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is R protecting preserving and promoting the world's literature in affordable high uality modern editions that are true to the original wo A flawless lyrical masterpiece by one of the most gifted prose writers of any epoch