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Book Title: The Sundering Flood|
ISBN 13: 9780345032614
The author of the book: William Morris
Edition: Ballentine Adult Fantasy
Date of issue: May 1973
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At about the 2/3 mark I started to reconsider what this was about. It is clearly in the vein of a chivalrous romance, its events and adventures unspooling as though from a storyteller's tongue, all sort of strung together and barely contained by the basic frame of Osberne's courtly romance with Elfhild and his long and undirected quest to regain her.
But eventually the tale reaches the siege and battle for the City of the Sundering Flood, which despite the author's affectedly archaic language turns out to be a masterpiece of efficient storytelling: the battle actions, the factions, the politics, and its resolution. It is not medieval fantasy as I have (inexpertly) thought of it.
Further, soon afterward the perspective flips and Elfhild's story is told in flashback. Where Osberne had joined the forces of the Knight of Longshaw, Elfhild falls in with a member of the Barons' League, who are the other side in this conflict. This is never quite a full alternate viewpoint--the reader's sympathies are clearly with Longshaw--but is such an interesting device that one can only wonder what Morris could have wrought of this hurried and somewhat crash-landing ending if he had the proper time for it, rather than being forced to dictate the draft on his deathbed.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Morris was an English architect, furniture and textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Marxist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball and the utopian News from Nowhere. He was an important figure in the emergence of socialism in Britain, founding the Socialist League in 1884, but breaking with the movement over goals and methods by the end of that decade. He devoted much of the rest of his life to the Kelmscott Press, which he founded in 1891. The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.
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