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The Book of Three (1964)

por Lloyd Alexander

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Séries: The Chronicles of Prydain (1)

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Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
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There’s an awful lot here that’s very reminiscent of a certain Lord and his Rings. That being said, it’s still overall an enjoyable read, the characters are like-able and the hero unlikely. It works as a younger reader’s Tolkien - lots of adventure, a little bit scary, and a lot shorter descriptions. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
I have loved these books since I discovered them at age 10. I'll probably always re-read them every 5 or 10 years. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
In which Taran the assistant pig keeper sets out with a merry band of followers, to find a pig and thus save the world.

If the Amazon.com reviews are any indication, Lloyd Alexander's five-book series, The Chronicles of Prydain, has its detractors. They see it as a pale imitation of Lord of the Rings, complete with gollum-esque creature (who at least happens to be working for the good guys). They point out Alexander's expository dialogue, his rapid descriptions that leave little time for characters or sequences to make an impact, and the fact that - unlike the best children's fiction - his work is designed to appeal only to children and not to adults.

Well, I won't deny: all of those things are - to some extent - true. The obvious debt to Tolkien (and C.S. Lewis) is undeniable and occasionally uncanny. And Alexander is neither a literary giant nor a consummate non-literary storyteller on par with, say, J.K. Rowling.

Yet, I'm inclined to think the haters are being a bit unsporting about it all. The Book of Three, which opens the series, is a delightful little quest story. It's an easy, fast-paced read, which opens up an entire world of characters and species. The most delightful characters are the Princess Eilonwy, whose refusal to be relegated to the role of "female" is laudable, and the dwarf Doli, who wishes he could be invisible. Alexander's morals are in the right place for a book aimed squarely at children, but this is no bloodless Narnia. The injuries and horrors committed by the Horned King and his minions are all too real. It really raises the stakes, and if the book is about Taran learning there is more to the world than an idyllic life raising pigs, it succeeds.

There's also a great humanist skein running through the book. Medwyn, the protector of animals, eats only a vegetarian diet, while Taran is constantly forced to learn that there are many outlooks and ways of being in Prydain. And the dialogue is actually quite apt for each character. You know you're in safe hands when Gurgi - Prydain's equivalent of Gollum or, dare I say, Jar Jar Binks - is adorable rather than mawkish.

I do wish sometimes that Alexander would let each sequence breathe. I'm halfway through the second book, The Black Cauldron, and I feel like I've met an endless array of characters while drunk at a party, never able to get a firm grasp on them. But perhaps these are the limitations of a children's author when facing book length and the attention span of youngsters.

Either way, I'll give the thumbs-up to The Chronicles of Prydain so far. Even if it isn't always beautifully or densely written, it's intelligently written, and that makes all the difference. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 5, 2021 |
Now had I read this as a child it would have been an instant favorite. Up until now I have only ever been familiar with the Disney movie The Black Cauldron and have always loved it, so it was a little daunting going into this book, but I kept my mind open to know there would be major differences, and I pleasantly walked away enjoying the original version of the tale.

While the story is a pretty simple quest, I do like that it was centered around a little pig having abilities like an oracle, that's just too cute and I'm glad it was actually part of the story. Taran was your typical young boy who just wanted to be a hero and then finally got his chance and slowly learned its not as easy as it seems. It was nice seeing him grow through the story as he learns he isn't some prophecy child, or begotten son of a king or anything like that, and while he isn't the one who "saved" the day he still did his part in the journey and it was still just as important.

I loved Elionwy so much in this, she was a character I was surprised Disney hadn't changed to much. Her snazzy attitude and matter-of-fact way of talking was always funny and her interactions with Taran where adorable. To my ultimate surprise there was a whole slew of other characters not included in the Disney version and I loved them, and the purpose in the story really helped flesh it out and make it twice as entertaining.

The story is really simple and easy to follow along with as well as the writing. It has Tolkien vibes but for kids. The only thing I would say would be difficult as a child to read would be the names of some of the characters but the book provides a pronunciation guide.

What was really nice is this book has an end point so theoretically you could stop here, (but why do that when you know there is more.) But if I was child I would be happy that I got a full story out this book so it definitely gets points for that, it would have been a sure fire way to keep me coming back if i had read this when I was younger.

The Book of Three is a quick and engaging tale that is loads of fun and down right adorable. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Sep 29, 2021 |
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander is one of the series I re-read every few years because it is just that good. It is a series that builds beautifully on itself so that you remain captivated to the very end. I like that the characters are not perfect and that they learn and grow throughout the story. Lloyd Alexander has a writing style that I really enjoy. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
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For the children who listened, the grown-ups who were patient, and especially for Ann Durell.
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This chronicle of the Land of Prydain is not a retelling or retranslation of Welsh mythology. Prydain is not Wales—not entirely, at least. The inspiration for it comes from that magnificent land and its legends; but, essentially, Prydain is a country existing only in the imagination.

[From Lloyd Alexander's "Author's Note" to The Book of Three (1964)]
Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes. And so it had been horseshoes all morning long. Taran's arms ached, soot blackened his face. At last he dropped the hammer and turned to Coll, who was watching him critically.

[From "The Assistant Pig-Keeper", chapter 1 of Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three (1964)]
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