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Richard Adams: Watership, Shardik, Girl in a Swing, and more

Discussion in 'Literary Fiction' started by Extollager, Dec 1, 2016.

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    Extollager

    Extollager Well-Known Member

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    I've just finished a rereading of The Girl in a Swing and thought Chrons people might like a place in the Literary Fiction area to discuss this author. My sense is that, like me, quite a few people have read his first few novels, but I don't seem to run across comments on books written in the past 25 years or so.
     
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    Stephen Palmer

    Stephen Palmer author of novels

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    The first three books are outstanding. Classics.
    The Girl In A Swing I did like, but it felt so different to the first three that it was a bit of a shock.
    Maia I couldn't finish. I think he had a touch of Old Man's Syndrome - that Jack Vance also succumbed to.
    But those first three books will always be wonderful.
     
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    Quellist

    Quellist Last of the lost

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    I read The Girl in a Swing quite a few years ago (about '97 I think) and I have to say, it was one of the most haunting books I have ever read. I just couldn't get it out of my head for many days after.
     
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    galanx

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    The last one I read was Maia (1984): half an interesting look at a society on the verge of shifting from an aristo/republican state to a burgeoning empire; half explicit S&M pornography. I gave up after that. Saw a copy of "The Girl On the Swing" that had a naked girl on a swing on the cover; figured Adams was at it again so didn't bother.
     
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    Quellist

    Quellist Last of the lost

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    Not at all. The Girl in a Swing refers to a porcelein figure.
     
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    Stephen Palmer

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    It is well worth a read, galanx.
     
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    dask

    dask dark and stormy knight

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    Watership Down, one of my all time favorites.
     
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    I stumbled across an audio version of Watership Down on Radio 4 recently, adapted by Brian Sibley. I thought it was very well done - the rabbits being simple without being stupid. And they made Kehaar female (because why not? The does only get a look in later on in the book).
     
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