The Owl Service

by Alan Garner | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0152017984 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbuttonbrightwing of Raleigh, North Carolina USA on 4/18/2006
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingbuttonbrightwing from Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I found this book on the discount shelves of a local used bookstore.

This is a 1967 British paperback published by Fontana Lions that was once part of the library at Cathedral School in Raleigh NC.

Journal Entry 2 by wingbuttonbrightwing from Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I am sending this book to DEESE in France. It was on her wish list.

Wish? Did someone say wish?

Mekka lekka hi mekka hiney ho!
Mekka lekka hi mekka chiney ho!

The wish is granted.
Long live Jambi.

Journal Entry 3 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Monday, May 08, 2006
It already arrived at the end of last week (with a slightly different cover, as it's a very old copy of 1967!), but as I don't have internet at home I can journal only now.
Thanks a lot, buttonbright! My wish was granted, but as I have plenty of bookrings waiting (they all seem to arrive at the same time!) this book must wait a bit.

Journal Entry 4 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Friday, June 30, 2006
As I'm starting this book this weekend (finally!), I'll copy what is written on the back cover: (Thanks again, buttonbright, for the book!)

Since Alison discovered the old dinner plates in the loft of the Welsh cottage, she had been obsessed with them, felt compelled to trace over and again their curious pattern. But the stylised floral owls soon become a macabre reality, as Alison unwittingly releases a tragic power, born in the time of legend when Blodeuwedd the flower-maiden betrayed her jealous husband with a lover. It was they who first wrought the pattern of passion and grief to be trapped forever in the valley. Now, as the legend recurs with frightening inevitably, Alison, Roger and Gwyn are becoming the three...

Journal Entry 5 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Monday, July 10, 2006
It was a bit difficult for me to get used to the style, as the English was one of 1967 and mixed with idioms of the teenagers of that time.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the book a lot, especially the nicely described feelings which the characters had when being out alone in the Welsh hills... At times it was very "spooky", the supernatural always "lurking" around the next corner (the disappearing owls, the lights in the wood...), and sometimes it was funny, too, e.g. when Gwyn stepped on the black sow (the "moving stone").
Throughout the whole book I never completely understood the real relationship between the people, e.g. Huw Halfbacon or Nancy, Gwyn's mother.
The ending was highly thrilling, very surprising, even though I would have preferred Gwyn to be the one "saving" Ali.

edit 08.08.06:
As midwestgal wants to pass on this book right now (even though it's on her wish list), I'm releasing it in South Korea!

Journal Entry 6 by DEESSE at Insadong in Seoul, Kyonggi-do South Korea on Monday, August 07, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (8/8/2006 UTC) at Insadong in Seoul, Kyonggi-do South Korea



at the tourist information centre in Insadong-gil, near the computers

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