Cart and Cwidder

Cart and Cwidder The first three volumes of Diana Wynne Jones s spellbinding quartet of novels were originally published in this country in the s and soon won the mythical kingdom of Dalemark a place on the liter

  • Title: Cart and Cwidder
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780066237459
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first three volumes of Diana Wynne Jones s spellbinding quartet of novels were originally published in this country in the 1970s, and soon won the mythical kingdom of Dalemark a place on the literary map.Cart and Cwidder, the first of these intriguing novels, relates the fortunes of Clennen and his family, itinerant musicians who travel the villages of Dalemark in theiThe first three volumes of Diana Wynne Jones s spellbinding quartet of novels were originally published in this country in the 1970s, and soon won the mythical kingdom of Dalemark a place on the literary map.Cart and Cwidder, the first of these intriguing novels, relates the fortunes of Clennen and his family, itinerant musicians who travel the villages of Dalemark in their colorful cart With warring earldoms and spies everywhere, there is little contact between the North and South of the country, and so the musicians often carry news and sometimes, as now, a passenger Who is this Kialan Is there any connection between him and the sudden violence that overtakes them The family s fate and Kialan s are bound together in terror and flight and in music, for the songs of Dalemark mean than they say.Each book is a lure to the next in this classic, irresistible series.

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    1. Re-read. This is the first installment in Diana Wynne Jones’ epic Dalemark Quartet. I first read this series when I was 13 or 14 (which is the intended age group), and I remember being so swept up in these books, they remained in my “favorites of all-time” for many years afterward and began my lifelong love of epic, multi-volume fantasy. Of course, revisiting something you LOVED when you were in middle school is always a gamble. So, the real question is: did it hold up? Yes!And no.Cart and [...]

    2. I've heard vague things about the Dalemark Quartet for a long time ( with so many things I read, I suppose), and today seemed the perfect time to start, while I was procrastinating from my dissertation. It doesn't feel quite like any other Diana Wynne Jones book I can think of: there's something rather serious about it, ultimately, where often her books seem to be rather frivolous. Perhaps it's the oppressive setting of the South, where there are few basic freedoms, perhaps it's the fact that th [...]

    3. This was one of the first books I read by Diana Wynne Jones, back in the days when I would read and love a book and then lack the good sense to look up other books by the same author. I must have stumbled over three or four of her books this way before "discovering" DWJ; what a surprise to me, later, to pick up one of her books and find it oddly familiar.Diana Wynne Jones's sixth book is her first fantasy set in a world other than our own, and is also more serious than the previous ones. The Dal [...]

    4. I've been trying to read this quartet since I was gifted the books over a decade ago. I still don't know why I never managed - especially after finally picking up this first book yesterday and realising that it is fantastic and not at all difficult.It's strangely sombre for a children's book, the world is a harsh place and the journey that the main characters go on is challenging in a way that quests rarely seem to be these days. The consequences are as harsh as the world they belong to, and dea [...]

    5. I love Ms. Jones with all of my heart, and that is why it pains me to admit that I didn't really enjoy these stories. There was no connection between the stories (although the first two novels are set during the same period, they concern two completely different cultures and geographic areas--the difference between A Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian for instance), so there's really no point at having them all part of the same "quartet." Moreover, the stories just didn't grab me. I don't know [...]

    6. I wasn't sure I liked this all tha tmuch, right up until the last third. I think it's fairly obvious this is an early book of DWJ's. The first two thirds is really all set-up. First she sets up this travelling family who act as a performance troupe, and the general politics of Dalemark (North v. South), then tragedy befalls said family, and the three children (and the person they were taking north) have to fend for themselves. (view spoiler)[Obviously the person turns out to be the Prince of the [...]

    7. Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite writers from my childhood and Cart & Cwidder is one of my favourite of her books, and so it was the one I chose to re-read for DWJ-month in the blogosphere – a global celebration of her books and writing. This is the story of a family of musical travellers in a world divided between North and South, and has DWJ’s trademark mix of the ordinary and the magical. A truly delightful children’s fantasy.

    8. Man, was this ever dark and tense. I really liked it, though, and expect to enjoy the rest of the series! I enjoyed reading a DWJ novel with a slightly different worldbuilding style than her usual - vaguely like the Ingary books, but not quite.I liked how the storytelling and musical aesthetic was very Celtic, specifically Welsh (the "branches" of the Adon's tale was a fun allusion to the branches of the Mabinogi.)

    9. After hearing about the genius of Diana Wynne Jones more times than I can count, I have finally joined the ranks of her admirers. Jones truly knows her craft. I found many similarities between her writing and the writing of Megan Whalen Turner. Namely, amazing plot twists, nuanced characters, and a finished project worth reading over and over. I'm glad this is a series of four, because I am far from being done with her incredible universe.Update 1/16:Still good. Still good.

    10. DWJ is one of my favourite authors. Surprisingly, this is the first book of hers I've seen available on audiobook. While it was good, it wasn't great. (Guess she was saving her greatness for the Chrestomanci series.)**Interesting tidbit for you**On the audiobook the narrator says Diane Wynne Jones!

    11. Originally published in 1975. I really wish I had read this short novel as a kid. I still enjoyed reading it now, but I think it would have been one of my favorite books if I had read it at a younger age.Although a YA novel, with a fun and fast-moving, adventurous tone, this book doesn't shy away from ‘heavier' emotional issues and political situations.The feudal land of Dalemark is divided, and the South is extremely politically repressive. But people depend on traveling minstrels for not onl [...]

    12. Review can also be found on combustiblereviewsThis is a really interesting plot with great characters and written well too WHICH IS WHY I’M SO DISAPPOINTED!!This is nowhere near long enough. I feel as if the Author couldn’t be bothered to delve further and fill out all the brilliant plot points. Everything’s covered, but in a very shallow way.The plot headed in a great direction and I was enjoying it despite the pace. I found some things happening were too blunt, but, considering Diana Wyn [...]

    13. Another fun book with a completely different take on magic from Diana Wynne Jones, Cart and Cwidder tells about a family of singers who use their unique status as entertainers to cross back and forth between two nations/regions which are in a cold war and otherwise have no traffic with each other. Like many of Jones' stories, this is also a coming-of-age story, in that the main protagonist, Moril, is eleven years old, and he comes to realize both his passion and his identity over the course of t [...]

    14. A re-post, now that Jones has died (March 26, 2011). Thank you, Diana, for all these wonderful stories. If you haven't read Diana, starting here would not lead you wrong.In a series of baronies controlled by tyrannical leaders, a group of traveling musicians drift from town to town doing plays, puppets, and songs. The son of the group, who, like the rest of the family, misses his father, is about to be set on a journey that will challenge the power of the rulers, intersect with the lives of othe [...]

    15. What makes Diana Wynne Jones so great? She doesn't have to spell out every last thing. She plants clue and connections throughout her plots, or often what characters are thinking or saying or feeling, that allows the reader to infer important aspects of the plot, or the setting, or the character's motivations. To be completely blunt, and rather snobbish, she's not a writer for dumb readers. That makes her book that most wonderful and glorious of things, immanently re-readable. Every time you re- [...]

    16. A family of musicians traveling on the somewhat oppressive and repressed south of Dalemark perform in towns and villages, passing messages and news as they go. An unwelcome passenger creates tensions and problems, and when tragedy strikes, everything seems to fall apart. Wynne Jones expertly crafts an other-world fantasy around family and music and a fight for freedom.

    17. 39th book read in 2013. Number 282 out of 329 on my all time book list.Follow the link below to see my video review:youtube/watch?v=QY628P

    18. It's been quite a while since I read this, but it seems as good a place as any to say that I consistently enjoy Diana Wynne Jones' books. I can't remember one I didn't like.

    19. Dot point review:- This book starts off slow, although I found the slow sketching of the family dynamics interesting enough, then something happens and the rest of the story becomes a tense story of trying to survive.- There's a recurring theme in these books of young children forced to rely on themselves to navigate a politically tense world.- This was actually a much more brutal book than I was expecting. DWJ could almost be mistaken for addressing serious issues with flippancy, but she doesn [...]

    20. FANTASY, PECHA KUCHAAnother Jones's book in which I personally connected to the main character, Moril, due to his tendency to day dream. However, Moril's fantasies come crashing down with the death of his father and the ensuing civil war that follows. I've said this many times before, Jones does a brilliant job of creating a unique world filled with flawed characters that you both love and want to throttle. Something I appreciated especially with this book is Moril's journey of self-dependency. [...]

    21. Cart and Cwidder is my least favourite work from Diana Wynne Jones. This book was something like a melodramatic family drama with war and. a Cwidder. Sounds a bit like something of Game of Thrones? except for the sex scenes. In this story I didn't feel any connection towards any of the characters and only finished it because i NEEDED to know what happens at the end and If the children will make it through the South Dales and into the North. Lucky, I have a great imagination and put this story mo [...]

    22. This might be one of my favorite DWJ books yet. I'm always going on about how I like the practicality of her writing style and her characters, the plain wisdom in them ("everyone must do a thing in their own way") and the careful, artful plucking of the heartstrings.This is also one of the books where the mythology is entirely her own, and therefore entirely in the book, and I spent less time wondering what I was missing by only half-knowing the myths by, exchanging it for regularly going back a [...]

    23. has similarities to name of the wind. enough to make me wonder if patrick rothfuss took inspiration from this book, or if a traveling cart comprised of singer-performers with comparable defining qualities and character journeys as Rothfuss' gypsies is a trope of medieval fantasy books. would probably interest readers waiting for closure of the kingkiller chronicle series. this is definitely written within the style and genre of children's books though-- which doesn't mean it was designed or inte [...]

    24. I love Diana Wynne Jones' work, but the pacing of this was not my favorite. I felt like the story had just begun when Moril got his powers and then it ended as he was starting another journey. It just felt incomplete. I know that this is part of a quartet, however, the next story starts off with completely different characters.

    25. Overall it was good. The story flowed pretty well and all the pieces came together in the end. It was good enough for me to get the next one in the series, but I can't say it will be one of my favorites.

    26. Life in the lands of Dalemark isn't easy on everyone. The children who get caught up in this story didn't see it coming either. The impact of reality on fantasy creates a tension that captivates the reader till the last page.

    27. A good book overall, populated by characters that feel new and interesting. The writing flows beautifully, pointing to an experienced storyteller with a boundless arsenal of stories under her belt. It did end rather abruptly though and felt a tad rushed as a result.

    28. I bet I would've really loved this in middle school. Good "journey to come of age and figure out who you are" kind of YA.

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