The Resource The owl service, Alan Garner, (overdrive ebook)

The owl service, Alan Garner, (overdrive ebook)

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The owl service
Title
The owl service
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Alan Garner
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eng
Title
The owl service
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Summary
During a summer vacation in a secluded Welsh valley, three young people find themselves driven by the spirits of three mythical lovers to reenact an ancient tragedy. When Alison traces the pattern from an old dinner service, she discovers it makes up the shape of an owl. But in releasing the design from the plates, she unleashes an ancient Welsh myth that tries to give itself new life in her, her step-brother Roger and their friend Gwyn
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/* Starred Review */ The mystery of spirits loosed, of souls possessed, assumes a dimension beyond fantasy in Alan Garner's latest book, which is his finest if also his most elliptical. In an old house in a Welsh valley three adolescents discover, in a sealed attic that has been emitting inexplicable sounds, a dinner service decorated with flowers in the form of an owl; and the trap one sets disgorges an owl's pellel, not a whole mouse. Gwyn, son of Nancy the housekeeper, is momentarily mesmerized by the plates but it is Alison, come to stay with her new stepfather and stepbrother Roger, who is obsessed with the owls. From a copy of the mythical Mabinogion and the cryptic remarks of handyman Huw Halfbacon, reinforced by the instinctive sympathy between them. Alison and Gwyn realize that they are, with Roger, reenacting an ancient tragedy of jealousy and retribution that has recurred in each generation. The tensions among them are very real, very much a matter of class; Gwyn is the clever comer, Alison is the aristocrat. Roger is the snob In scenes which approach the intensity of Strindberg, Gwyn forces Alison to face him, and herself, recoils when he thinks he's been betrayed, ultimately humbles Roger and gives him the clue to saving Alison. However gripping, this is not lugubrious and not without humer, albeit ironic. An uncommon book for uncommon readers of some maturity. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1968)
Award
  • Guardian Awards for Children's Fiction, 1968.
  • Carnegie Medal, 1967.
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090029
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 7
  • 9
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Target audience
juvenile
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Alan Garner
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The owl service, Alan Garner, (overdrive ebook)
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http://ohdbks.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=A5F621BF-57EF-4039-9976-70D5706A7CE8
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Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award
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a5f621bf-57ef-4039-9976-70d5706a7ce8
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unknown
Color
multicolored
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ocm856526214
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unknown
Edition
New ed.
Extent
1 online resource (223 p.)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780007539055
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(electronic bk.)
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unknown
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)856526214

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