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The world's desire (Ballantine adult fantasy series) Mass Market Paperback – 1972

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Product Details

  • Series: Ballantine adult fantasy series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345024672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345024671
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,995,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever wondered what happened to Odysseus after the conclusion of his epic journey home to Ithaca? Well, here's one possibility, offered in a rousing, glorious melange of fantasy, folklore & (pseudo-) history, by the creators of She & the many-colored Fairy Books, H. Rider Haggard & Andrew Lang.

Thanks to Lin Carter & the fabled Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, this unjustly neglected gem was reprinted to the delight of eager young readers after decades had passed. And while some classics don't always wear well with age, this novel had lost none of its appeal in the interim.

Odysseus is an older man now, the lone survivor of a plague that has swept away all that he knew & loved on Ithaca. Shifting his fealty from Athena to Aphrodite, he embarks on a new voyage, one that leads him to Egypt during the time of Moses. As an outsider, he brings a unique perspective to the Biblical tale -- and it never bogs down in too much Victorian piety, either. The emphasis is on story, first & foremost.

And what an exciting story it is! Haggard & Lang are in top form, giving us both spectacle & shrewd characterization. You'll even see references to their own works in passing, a knowing wink to the reader that never gets in the way of the story. It's just an added dash of color to an already vibrant tapestry.

While there are several reprints currently available, the out-of-print Ballantine edition offers their typically lush cover art & an enthusiastic introduction by editor Lin Carter. But whatever edition you get, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L. Vineyard on January 6, 2014
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Homer left hints that Odysseus adventures weren't over after he was reunited with Penelope, and here Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang carry him to Egypt in the reign of Ramses the Great's son to encounter a priestess of Isis as dangerous as Circe or Calypso.

If not exactly in line with Haggard's Allan Quatermain or Ayesha novels, The World's Desire has many pleasures of its own, and the mysterious priestess has more than a little connection to a certain queen of the lost city of Kor. This is prime Haggard, and with poet and fairy tale anthologist Lang produces a poetic and interesting adventure filled with mystery in it's original Greek meaning and a handsomely drawn portrait of Egypt at one of its last great periods.
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I was not at all pleased with this fact, I couldn't even finish it.
It was slow going, and not much of a story. I did wonder where it was going, but not enough to slog through the contrived and rather overdone prose. And the story just didn't seem to be moving. (Maybe if I were a speed-reader it would have been a much more interesting book.)
I am not sure if this book was really written by H. Rider Haggard, or rather in the style of Haggard. (I guess there is some question about that.) The one other book by Haggard that I have read, "Morning Star", is written much better and fun to read.
In fact, if you are looking for an enjoyable, romantic adventure, Morning Star is a great book; The World's Desire is not.
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By Tyrone Martinez on April 11, 2015
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Terrific book, entertain from start to finish. Rider Haggard is one of the best authors of historical fantasy
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