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The Little Country Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1993

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812522486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812522488
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,685,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Morrow. Feb. 1991. c.544p. ISBN 0-688-10366-9. $22.95. fantasy When musician Janey Little discovers a hidden book in her grandfather's Cornwall home, the magic within its pages unleashes a chain of events that stretches across the sea to America, where a self-styled magician senses and covets its power, and to Madrid, where a sailor responds to a deeper, more lasting call. The author of Moonheart (Ace, 1984) and other fantasy novels asserts his unique ability to weave together a seamless pattern of magic and realism as this story within a story unfolds with elusive grace. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A keeper, intricate and entertaining...I read it straight through in one sitting!" --Robert Jordan

"What a great, galloping wonder of a book--deep and wide and witty and wise. And absolutely impossible to put down." --Jane Yolen

"A must for all connoisseurs of high imagination." --Greg Bear

"A masterful blend of the sinister and the fantastic." --Julian May

"An intricately structured novel, full of a wealth of detail about music, Cornwall, and things magical and arcane. I think it is one of de Lint's best." --Patricia McKillip
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Not a good one, Mr. de Lint!
A. Y. Smittle
This is the finest modern fantasy I have ever read, by one of the most gifted writers of this day.
Once again DeLint has woven a beautiful story of magic, mystery and myth.
M. Pamela Sekula

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wendi on March 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Little Country is my first foray into Charles de Lint country, and needless to say, it was a wonderful trip. Janey Little is a successful musician who nevertheless feels a growing sense of inertia. When she finds a mysterious manuscript written by her favorite author, Janey's world simultaneously gets better and worse. Old friends and lovers drift into her life, secret societies threaten members of her small town, and startling revelations are made.
Intertwined with Janey's story is the saga of young Jodi, a girl who finds herself face to face with curiouser and curiouser situations. Do Smalls really exist? Can music really mend whole worlds?
The Little Country is a tale of urban fantasy with epic proportions. What really makes this rather long novel (500 plus pages) work is the beautiful development of secondary characters. Janey's friends Clare and Felix, for example, are indispensable pieces of the puzzle. Even the most minor of characters are realistically rendered as three-dimensional people with their own unique outlooks and problems.
Music IS magic, as The Little Country so beautifully conveys. Mysterious, charming works of fiction are also rather magical, themselves.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because of the cover illustration, and the first sentance, thinking these things to be enough for me to actually buy it. Upon delving into the book I realized I was reading something very, very different and interesting. This author has altered the way I view things. I have appreciation for things that I never thought of before. I have read 3/4ths of his books, and I will complete them all soon. Anyone seeking mystery in life should read this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fran on March 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I walked into the library one day, looking for, "something different." As I turned the Fantasy rack, a book literally fell into my hands. I didn't look at it. I'd asked, the Universe supplied. Back home, I began to read what turned out to be a book of short stories, and I couldn't put them down. I kept saying, "She got it right!" and, "This is sooo good!" After I turned the last page, I looked at the front cover and got a shock. He got it right. This author, who had just moved to the top of my "To Buy" list, was a man who wrote with so much insight and emotion that I'd mistaken him for a woman (yeah, not PC, and?) I bought the book, "Dreams Underfoot," read it again, then years passed before I had time to read for relaxation. To my joy, I saw that de Lint had just published, "The Little Country" - about a magical book, and an adventure dealing with the Little People of Another Land... A third of the way through the book, I had to check the cover to make sure I had the right author. Don't misunderstand, the book is good, it just isn't as good as I expect from de Lint. I wondered if I'd gotten hold of an early draft of a work meant to be a series, because this is a very fragmented work. The story is laid out in a way that makes the reader flip back and forth between the groups of characters who are involved in the same quest, but not with each other. Each of their sections ends with a cliff-hanging moment, then you get to read about another group getting to their crisis, while keeping straight all the names, locations, and threats. It could have been done better, especially the confrontation between Janey's grandfather and Bett, the resolution of which was delayed too long.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a big deLint fan, and am sort of reluctant to write this review, but I think I have to. If you read the other reviews closely you will detect a lot of suppressed disappointment. There are a lot of four star reviews that are really three stars, with the fourth star being tossed in because, hey, it's deLint.

I think that the biggest problem is that this is a "book within a book" project, and it's really a "good book within a bad book" project. By that I mean that the fantasy book that is the magical heart of the work is very good and very satisfying. As a stand-alone novella or short novel it would be outstanding. In fact, I would recommend that if you find yourself in possession of "The Little Country" you just read every other chapter, (which would be all of the excerpts from the mystery book).

As for the larger work that frames the whole story, it is a stew of tired conventions. There is a psychotic assassin whose carefully described love of torture is freakishly out of place here. There is an incoherently described secret society of powerful whatchamacallits that is laughably childish. The heroine is of the freeze-in-the-headlights variety, and the hero is so conflicted and indecisive that he is a cypher. Probably worst, every time the protagonists can't figure what is happening or what to do, they visit a wise hermit, or a witch, or a mysterious stranger, who explains the plot to them, tells them all of the facts and developments he has "sensed" or divined, and then tells them all what to do next. This is not even mentioning the goofy secondary characters who are either idiots or shallow whiners, or the sex zombie dust that generates sex scenes explicit enough to keep this off the middle grade reader shelf.

So, if you took a low quality airport bookstore paperback thriller and mixed it in with a wonderful and compelling fantasy story, you'd get this. I'm sorry.
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Charles de Lint and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, and The Onion Girl, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction

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