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Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain) Paperback – May 16, 2006
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“There is no paucity of daring forays, wicked enchanters, tiny people, desperate fights, et cetera; there is in fact all of the color and adventure one expects in the land of fantasy.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Through fantasy, that struggle for self-knowledge becomes clear.” ―School Library Journal
“Alexander's books remain my sentimental favorites.... And "Taran Wanderer" is the volume that thrilled me the most.” ―Greg Pak, NewsARama.com
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Taran, the assistant pig-keeper who wants to be a hero, goes questing for knowledge of his parentage, hoping that his journey will ennoble him in the eyes of Eilonwy, the princess with the red-gold hair. Accompanied by several loyal friends, Taran begins his search when three wily enchantresses of the Marshes of Morva send him to consult the Mirror of Llunet for the answers he is seeking, cryptically promising that "the finding takes no more than the looking." During his adventures he meets Craddoc, the shepherd, and the common people of Prydain, whom he comes to respect and admire. With their help, he continues his mission to learn the secret of the Mirror and the truth about himself. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
I read the 5 books that make up the Chronicles of Prydain in the late seventies, then read then to my sons in the late eighties, then had then in my elementary class in the nineties. If all the children had to mark these Lloyd Alexanden works, I'm sure they would give it top marks - so much so, that one of the five got 'lost' in my class: Taran Wanderer.
Now I've got Taran back, and the book is still very readable. The quest is as big as any other fantasy book, but the humour that shines through is greater, the moods more subtle. Alexander once said (Author's note in The Castle of Llyr) that "The nature of fantasy allows happenings which reveal most clearly our own frailties and our own strengths. The inhabitants of Prydain are fantasy figures: I hope they are also human".
If you measure how real people are by the times they crop up in idle chit-chat in your family, Taran, Eilonwy, Gurgi and Fflewddur Fflam are as alive now as they were when I started reading their story to my sons 30 years ago.
I suggest you and your (grand)children enjoy all five books:
- The Book of Three
- The Black Cauldron
- The Castlde of Llyr
- Taram Wanderer
- The High King