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Book Title: Reami degli Elfi. Storie dell'Altro Mondo|
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9788886755474
The author of the book: Sylvia Townsend Warner
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.82 MB
Edition: Tre Editori
Read full description of the books Reami degli Elfi. Storie dell'Altro Mondo:I enjoyed Kingdoms of Elfin, a quirky, unusual collection of short stories recounting life among the various kingdoms (queendoms, actually) of Faerie.
Of the sixteen stories, my favorites were:
"The Revolt at Broceliande," which recounts the precarious position of mortal changelings in a fey court.
"The Search for an Ancestress," where a European fairy, Joost, learns how dangerous it can be to return to one's homeland.
"The Occupation," another tale of the dangers of mortal infatuation with Faerie, which can only lead to tragedy - in this case, a trip to Bedlam.
"Foxcastle," another example of man's fundamental incapacity to understand elf, and vice versa.
The elves of these stories are not the un-Fallen Men of Tolkien's Middle Earth nor the "humans with funny ears" who populate far too many fantasy novels. Rather, they're the amoral, soul-less bogies that inhabit the woods and wastes of Medieval Europe. In my experience, the author who most closely captures the otherworldliness & alienness that Warner obtains is Tad Williams in his Memory, Sorrow & Thorn; Shadowmarch; and The War of the Flowers novels.
Read information about the authorSylvia Townsend Warner was born at Harrow on the Hill, the only child of George Townsend Warner and his wife Eleanora (Nora) Hudleston. Her father was a house-master at Harrow School and was, for many years, associated with the prestigious Harrow History Prize which was renamed the Townsend Warner History Prize in his honor, after his death in 1916. As a child, Sylvia seemingly enjoyed an idyllic childhood in rural Devonshire, but was strongly affected by her father's death.
She moved to London and worked in a munitions factory at the outbreak of World War I. She was friendly with a number of the "Bright Young Things" of the 1920s. Her first major success was the novel Lolly Willowes. In 1923 Warner met T. F. Powys whose writing influenced her own and whose work she in turn encouraged. It was at T.F. Powys' house in 1930 that Warner first met Valentine Ackland, a young poet. The two women fell in love and settled at Frome Vauchurch in Dorset. Alarmed by the growing threat of fascism, they were active in the Communist Party of Great Britain, and visited Spain on behalf of the Red Cross during the Civil War. They lived together from 1930 until Ackland's death in 1969. Warner's political engagement continued for the rest of her life, even after her disillusionment with communism. She died on 1 May 1978.
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