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Plainsong: A Fable for the Millennium (Inglés) Pasta blanda – 31 ago 2016

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  • Editor: Plus One Press (31 de agosto de 2016)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ISBN-10: 0986008524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986008528
  • Dimensiones del producto: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Peso del envío: 299 g
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"Write more, lady. It's been a long time between fresh breaths." - Roger Zelazny "A witty, beautifully written, and essentially post-Christian "Fable for the Millennium." Seek it out. - Locus "Grabien weaves Christian, Greek and Hindu myth into an alternative vision of life and a remarkable understanding of faith." - Publishers Weekly "A delightful and gripping tale." - San Francisco Chronicle "What an utterly enchanting book Plainsong is - a crafty fable that ensnares your imagination, then, as neatly as any fairy spell, lures you irretrievably into the tale." - Jacksonville Times-Union "A charming fantasy, simply yet humorously evoked." - Kirkus Reviews "A deceptively simple but haunting tale that interweaves mythology with the religions of the world." - Booklist "One is reminded, while savoring Deborah Grabien's PLAINSONG, of C.S. Lewis' Narnia stories, and of the spiritually landscaped tales of Madeleine L'Engle. Ms. Grabien enters their company effortlessly and with grace." - Ralph Blum, author of The Book of Runes

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In a time soon to come, only the children, the birds, and the animals are left to enjoy earth's beauty. Five adults - an artist, a nymph, a wanderer, a pregnant woman, and a savior have also been spared from the plague that has swept everyone else away.

Only the creatures understand, in part, the purpose that requires these five to come together in a special place at a special time. Gad the cat, Simon the ram, and the four ravens - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - are charged with the heavy responsibility of making sure that all goes according to plan.

And deep in a quiet pool in the green and pleasant countryside, Old Trout, who knows almost everything about the great mystery that is unfolding, anxiously awaits the arrival of the child....

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Turning of the wheel to bring a new world 30 de noviembre de 2010
Por Michelle Boytim - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo Compra verificada
This is set in a post plague England somewhere along the current time. Most of humanity has died out, leaving only a few adults and mostly children. Some animals have regained intelligence and can communicate telepathically. There is a conflict between the old world religious order and what is coming with the new turn of the wheel. Some of the animals are reincarnations of previous guardians who have seen this change before and are gathering together for a birth and the rebirth of the world unless the old order can put a stop to it. In some ways the book is reminiscent of CS Lewis, and in others it is quite unique. The religious references may bother some, from both ends of the spectrum, but I did not find them to be overwhelming to the story. It wasn't what I expected from reading her Haunted Ballad series, but was still an intriguing book.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Classic book 3 de diciembre de 2010
Por John T. Harding - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo Compra verificada
This book deserves to be read by everyone, and kept on a shelf with the classics. It's the Age of Aquarius come true.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Small paperback. Story line not to my liking. 9 de octubre de 2013
Por Roberta D Housel - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo Compra verificada
I have purchased several of Deborah Grabien's books which I liked. I started reading this one and was just not my style of story.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Plainsong is C.S. Lewis, Pullman and the Bible all in apocalyptic, speculative, pseudo-relegious, fantasy 13 de septiembre de 2007
Por EliteLamo - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
Oh glorious discovery of something magical that just happens upon us by chance. Oh the enchanting memories, the gems of ghostlike images that I recall so many years after reading Plainsong. The whimsical aura of a fantasy world with a very original concept. 'The Big One' has happened, and the earth's beauty is all that remains except the children and the animals, and they learn how to communicate with each other. It is very entertaining. However five special adults are spared, and linked in someway. In the glorious countryside that Ms. Grabien paints, the remainder of humans await a new child, perhaps a new savior, or someone to rekindle a new hope. The author understands the many facets of symbolism, and touches it gracefully. The characters are very personable and deep with emotion, and the areas surrounding the story are brought to life with exceptional purity and prose that dance in your senses like lightning bugs in a mason jar at your bedside.

I was thirteen years old and was in a an old mill town with my family. We hardly had enough for a boxed lunch at the time. I remember the day like it was only yesterday, however nearly 16 or 17 years ago. I remember the clouds in the sky, and even what my beautiful mother had on that day. We were in a bargain bookstore, one of those johnny come lately types of places that is there one day and seemingly 'poof' the next. I found Plainsong in the bargain, (ultra bargain) bin for fifty cents. The title immediately grabbed my attention. I think I was reading 'Eyes of the Dragon' at the time, King's fantasy eating away at my creative angst, and the cover of Plainsong sort of inrigued me sitting next to the oversized cookbooks. Even a dollar at the time was alot for anyone in my family, but I was given permission to sit on the floor of this dollar book basement and after I read the synopsis on the cover, I was into it headstrong like a young boy with a crisp twenty at a penny candy store somewhere on the Cape. I was so enchanted by this far away world that Ms. Grabien had painted for me I never wanted to leave it. I had not yet discovered the epic power of C.S. Lewis or Tolkien at that age, and I am so glad I didn't. Possiblly like those acerebral elitist of amazon, worried perhaps that I would throw it to the hounds of hell anything that remotely even tried to compare with the likes of those greats. I had nothing to compare it to. I was an engaged virgin in the world of apocalyptic faux relegious fantasy. My family was devote Roman Catholic. I was a lost youth who didn't know anything than what my remote world told me: that God was true, Jesus was the son of man, and question nothing as prayer and repentence is the word and all will be well for you. Stuff of nonsense. Well the reason I mention all that relegious babbling is the number of times I questioned my mother with references in the book to biblical events or how the 'Crows' in the book were named after the gospels of the bible, and how I found that so ironic, that she could make this imaginary world, where only children and animals surviving a huge catastrophic disaster, symobolically relegious in anyway, and yet with no real touching of any type of Godlike, fundmentalist touch to it. But the imagery, even at thirteen was there regardless. I could see in this warped relegion I was in, how ignorant the one tracked minded followers were. But here I was God. I was creating another world, where I saw fit who got along with each other.

The premise of the book, as there are a few Plainsong's that have come out through the years, and not to be confused with those, is:

After an event that wipes out nearly all of humanity, only a a few (or choosen?) children, birds, and animals are left to enjoy Earth's beauty. Evidentally through time, they learn to communicate with eath other, often times in hilarious banter. Five adults have also been spared from the plague that swept away everyone else. They all seem to await, or know of the coming of another; a child perhaps who has the answers, perhaps a new world order, or a new hope.

There are some purist, dolt professeurs or older Mercedes driving woman who write reviews perhaps for the LA Times, who would say the book had little plot and went nowhere fast. I feel really bad for these type of people. The ones that work for a company for so long, they becaome pre-programmed robots, with cookie cutter personalities, and who soccer mom their world of total pessimism and do nothing optimism to experiences of an author that is able to take someone, especially a child to a magical place, away from fueding parents, sibling rivarly, family dramas, and the like.

Please don't let the relegious connotations turn you off. Believe me I am the utmost agnostic now, (after college I lost all my faith) and it really just skims that surface. Which is great as the author lets the reader decide, in their own personal beliefs, what to conjure up after reading it. Though the message, the pure power of this story, is knowing she used details from the bible to portray her characters in a way that doesn't overdo it. I think you will appreciate that. It's a quick read. I finished it in a few hours, and since it's been out of print for so long, it's great you can still get it on amazon.

If I only had a better supplement to my income, I surely would find a fine cinematographer, ask Ms. Grabien if I could write the screenplay, and make this into a tiny, feel good, mini fantasy film that I am sure would find its niche in today's heyday of crap. One can dream still, at least that hasn't been taken away by the masses.

Enjoy this!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The shock and delight of discovery 9 de abril de 2000
Por Deborah D. Greenberg - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
I stumbled across this book quite by accident; Ms. Grabien is an extraordinary writer. Fantasy fiction, like most genres, is choked with re-writes of a handful of themes. Ms. Grabien has taken a few threads from different classic fantasy themes, added her own spinnings, and woven them all together in an entirely original way to create a book of great imagination, spirit, wonder and magic. This book has luminousity. I want to live in it. If you ever come across it - or I suspect any others written by her - please grab it before I do!
Oh yes, the theme - the Big One has struck, and several ancient beings travel across the bucolic face of England, to be present at the birth of the new... And by the way, all the grown-ups are dead, while children and animals talk to each other. But it's not as precious as it sounds.

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