05 February 2005

The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr

Fiction. Used paperback from Hodder & Stoughton. Published in 1978. Purchased through Amazon Third Party Seller kathyhamlet.

I saw this book recommended as a "if you like C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien you'll like" book. Not knowing exactly what to expect, it surprised me. I read that the author says that it is not intended to be an allegory, but it sure reads like one. It was not a difficult read, and would make a good book to read aloud to the kids. (If you can figure out how to say Chauntecleer that is.)

On an interesting side note, when looking for info about The Book of the Dun Cow online, I found this site: Jones' Celtic Encyclopedia with some information about another Book of the Dun Cow.

Publisher's summary:
Winner of the American Book Award, Walter Wangerin's allegorial fantasy concerns a time when the sun turned around the earth and animals could speak, when Chauntecleer the Rooster ruled over a more or less peaceful kingdom. What the animals did not know was that they were the Keeper of Wyrm, monster of Evil long imprisoned beneath the earth. And Wyrm, sub terra, was breaking free.

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