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Maia Hardcover – September 20, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (September 20, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517629933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517629932
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,470,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard George Adams (born 9 May, 1920) is an English novelist who is best known as the author of Watership Down.

He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, and they insisted he publish it as a book. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972.

Richard Adams currently lives in Hampshire, England.

Customer Reviews

I ended up reading one of the most imaginitive books ever.
erica
You of course know the feeling of having just finished a book you enjoyed reading.
"mnlaustin"
I read this book approximately ten years ago, and I still think about it often.
Graham D. Lincoln

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By "mnlaustin" on August 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Don't freak out and spout the Tolkien line.....Mr. Hobbit is still the King and I love his work as much as everyone. However, one on one, Maia transcends any single work of fantasy by any author. The richness of storytelling, the depth of submersion you will slip into this story and the absolute believability of the world Mr. Adams has created is absolutely breathtaking.
I don't believe in giving a synopsis of the story. I'm a book fanatic and pitch my tent in the camp that believes a recommendation is good enough. If I for instance had based my decision of whether or not to read this book on a synopsis of the story....well, I wouldn't have read it. Good God I'm lucky I didn't. Instead I'll ask a question. You of course know the feeling of having just finished a book you enjoyed reading. Well, have you been lucky enough to (rarely, even for book fanatics) experience the `tears in your eyes' joy of having just read a book that you actually feel lucky to have found? I mean those very few times that, having just closed the book after reading the last page, you actually notice a few minutes later that you've been sitting there, in silence, still clutching this thing that's all at once no longer just paper and ink bound by glue? Yeah? Well that almost describes the soul deep satisfaction I feel each and every time I read this book.....and I'm not one that usually ever feels the need to read a book twice no matter how much I enjoyed it.
Go out of your way to find this book. I mean get in your car and scout used book stores. And then once you've found it, buy at least two more. I'm not joking. Always keep two for yourself in case one falls apart (trust me, you'll understand the feeling). That third copy.....share it. Please share it. It's just too damn good not to.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Adams's Maia rivals the "greats" in its ability to create an entire world of believable characters, religions, and politics. The complex world in which the novel's action takes place is breath-taking. The novel actually serves as a prequel to Adams' previous endeavor, Shardik (itself an underrated and beautiful work), but Adams takes his Beklan Empire to new levels of epic sophistication with the introduction of the naive and good-hearted Maia; the grotesque and unforgettable Sencho; the wise and gutsy Occula; and the erotic, ambitious, and evil Fornis. Perhaps the only works of fiction more encompassing and completely original in their creation of an entirely new reality are Frank Herbert's Dune novels; however, Adams work maintains a beauty and sensitivity that is lacking in those science fiction giants. Overall I have to rank Maia as one of my all-time favorite works of fiction. I have read it three times and have to stop myself from picking it up again too soon in order to preserve the rewarding pleasure I receive from reentering Adams amazing world.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
This is an absolutely amazing novel about a beautiful peasant girl, Maia, who is sold into slavery and becomes a concubine in the household of the High Counselor of the Leopard regime. The Leopards are the upper ruling class of the semi-barbaric Beklan empire, an ancient, beautiful, and sometimes deadly city. Along the way, Maia is befriended by Occula, an exotic slave girl, and unwittingly becomes involved in a plot to overthrow the Leopard regime. This book combines political intrigue, a quest for identity, a struggle for freedom, and this remarkable girl's search for her one true love, Zen-Kurel. Richard Adams is a master storyteller, and reading one of his works is like "being woven into a tapestry". His descriptions of the Beklan empire, his intricate plot lines, his attention to detail, and his use of subtle humor, all make this a story worth reading, and one you'll come back to time and again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bcfnmp@ritvax.isc.rit.edu on February 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in 1987, and although I have read hundreds of fantasy novels since, it is and probably always shall remain my absolute favorite. Over the past twelve years I have worn out two paperback versions and recently broke the binding on a hardcover copy. It's good enough to read over and over again, and you always find something new and fresh with every read.
Adams' characterizations are amazing and skillful; no one who has ever encountered the characters of Maia, Occula, or Elvair-ka-Virron will ever forget them. Adams uses subtle tricks in his writing that elude your notice through several readings; I only recently noticed that one trick he employs to give the reader psychic distance from the character of Sencho is that in all the chapters where Sencho appears, Sencho only speaks about four words directly. In all other encounters, Sencho's words are muffled -- such as "he indicated he wanted to see the woman" rather than any direct words on his part. Adams' work is not only a good read, it's a wonderful lesson in the craft of writing. A supposed sequel to SHARDIK, MAIA is a more developed and mature work; it's hard to believe that she and her world are fictional, rather than part of our own history.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Virgina Colson on August 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book as a kid and it made a huge impression on me, so I've often thought of finding a copy, but when I came on Amazon a few years ago and saw all the bad reviews I changed my mind about re-reading it. Big mistake! I've just finished it and thought it was a wonderful fantasy-adventure saga, if you like sexy, plotty stuff about innocent young girls being sold into slavery and then saving the empire. And who doesn't like that? characters are well drawn, cloak-and-dagger politics well done, storyline original.

There's been some complaint that it's sexist and, well, Richard Adams was a man born in 1920. His vision of a peasant girl with very natural pride in her body and beauty who doesn't mind at all the life of a bed-slave and considers it better than farm-work isn't for idealogues. but i remember finding Maia's sex-positive attiude empowering when I read it as a young girl, and wasn't unduly offended second time around, either. she's an archetype, and with her connection to nature & peasant origins & such reminded me of a happy Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

I think Richard Adams took a risk with this, and I, for one, appreciated it. Liked it much better than the talking bunnies, too.
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