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Kingdoms of Elfin de Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Kingdoms of Elfin (1976 original; edició 1979)

de Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Endorsed with a cover blurb by Neil Gaiman'Handheld Classic's republication this month is a triumph, with a beautiful Arthur Rackham cover' The Bookseller, Paperback Preview Book of the Month for October, 27 July 2018.Sylvia Townsend Warner's final collection of short stories was originally published in The New Yorker, and appeared in book form in 1977. This reprint brings these sixteen sly and enchanting stories of Elfindom to a new readership, and shows Warner's mastery of realist fantasy that recalls the success of her first novel, the witchcraft classic Lolly Willowes (1926). Warner explores the morals, domestic practices, politics and passions of the Kingdoms of Elfin by following their affairs with mortals, and their daring flights across the North Sea. The Kingdoms of Brocéliande in France, Zuy in the Low Countries, Gedanken in Austria and Blokula in Lappland entertain Ambassadors, hunt with wolves and rear changelings for the courtiers' amusement. But love and hate strike at fairies of all ranks, as do poverty and the passions of the heart. Enter Elfindom with care.The Foreword is by the noted US fantasy author Greer Gilman, and the Introduction is by Ingrid Hotz-Davies.… (més)
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Títol:Kingdoms of Elfin
Autors:Sylvia Townsend Warner
Informació:Penguin (1979), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 240 pages
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Another book that has long been in my library in paper format. Like The Bloody Chamber, this is a collection of short stories about Faerie, but (mostly) from the perspective of the faeries themselves rather than the unfortunate humans interacting with them or with the narrative. The writing is spare and avoids the lushness of Carter’s prose, yet is equally compelling.

The Faeries of this book are divided into many kingdoms that seem set into the courtliness of the Ancien Regime, but the faeries themselves just are; long-lived but not immortal, and not troubled by notions of religion or scholarship except as a means of whiling away time. Faerie society is very much classified: the aristocracy are primarily courtiers and think it déclassé to fly, the servants can and do fly. Their interactions with hunans are, by and large, without malice, but they do take mortal babies, turning them out when the adult grows old.

Recommended.
  Maddz | Dec 31, 2018 |
Interconnected stories from the fairy kingdom. Not sweetness and light. Great bedtime reading for adults. ( )
1 vota deckla | Nov 10, 2018 |
A collection of short stories about the Elfin kingdoms as Sylvia Townsend Warner imagined them. These elves are not gentle or necessarily wise and definitely not jolly or cute. They are cold, austere, often cruel and careless. Elegant and dazzling for sure but not lovely. They live centuries and have completely different, alien customs and values from ours. They are another race altogether and their depiction in these pages is fascinating. Language is a beautifully crafted thing and by itself enthralled me here. If you like intricate descriptions, that is. The stories are mostly about the elves themselves, and their various courts and aristocracies but sometimes about humans who have been captured by them or tricked into an exchange.... The impression lingers, though- of a dim, glittering world in a forest far away and yet close enough to be parallel, a place where beings live their own lives in a strange way, touched differently by time...

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1 vota jeane | Oct 19, 2017 |
These stories are brilliantly written but have for me a kind of sad bitter flavor I do not enjoy. I read them long ago and recall only that flavor, and something about two outcasts from faerie dying.As I dimly recall, they stories are only loosely linked by the faerie background. ( )
  antiquary | Apr 21, 2017 |
Difficult to get into. It is *not* for children. It is *not* as old as the style & mannerisms affect. It is told almost matter-of-factly, but is often witty.

Looking about for shelter, they saw a ruined castle on the hilltop (at that date the Scottish Border was peppered with ruined castles)."

",,, court life at B. was much the same as in other Kingdoms. There were fashions of the moment - collecting butterflies, determining the pict of birdsongs, table-turning, cat races, purifying the language, building card castles."

And yet mostly the stories are melancholy, even tragic. The roles of Fate and Tradition have much more influence on the lives of both mortals and fairies than those peoples' own actions or character have. Few of the stories end, per se, and even fewer end with a Happily Ever After.

I can absolutely see Literary people going ga-ga over it. I wish I enjoyed it more. But somehow it seemed as weighted as gossamer, and all too soon it will fade as dreams do....

;)" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Sylvia Townsend Warnerautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Brisac, GenevièvePrefaciautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gilman, GreerPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hotz-Davies, IngridIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Karl, AnitaMapsautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lévy-Paoloni, FlorenceTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Zabini, AlessandroTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Endorsed with a cover blurb by Neil Gaiman'Handheld Classic's republication this month is a triumph, with a beautiful Arthur Rackham cover' The Bookseller, Paperback Preview Book of the Month for October, 27 July 2018.Sylvia Townsend Warner's final collection of short stories was originally published in The New Yorker, and appeared in book form in 1977. This reprint brings these sixteen sly and enchanting stories of Elfindom to a new readership, and shows Warner's mastery of realist fantasy that recalls the success of her first novel, the witchcraft classic Lolly Willowes (1926). Warner explores the morals, domestic practices, politics and passions of the Kingdoms of Elfin by following their affairs with mortals, and their daring flights across the North Sea. The Kingdoms of Brocéliande in France, Zuy in the Low Countries, Gedanken in Austria and Blokula in Lappland entertain Ambassadors, hunt with wolves and rear changelings for the courtiers' amusement. But love and hate strike at fairies of all ranks, as do poverty and the passions of the heart. Enter Elfindom with care.The Foreword is by the noted US fantasy author Greer Gilman, and the Introduction is by Ingrid Hotz-Davies.

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