Dunsany S Stories Are A Priceless Possession For Any Lover Of Fantasy Like First Rate Poetry, They Are Endlessly Readable Those Who Have Not Read Them Have Something To Look Forward To, And An Assortment Of Dunsany Is The Foundation Stone Of Any Fantasy CollectionL Sprague De CampThirty Short And Short Short Stories By The Th Baron Of Dunsany Edited By, And With Introduction, Notes And Afterword By, Lin CarterContents Introduction The Dreams Of M NA YOOD SUSH I Lin Carter The Cave Of Kal Of The Gods Of Averon Mlideen The King That Was Not The Men Of Yarnith In The Land Of Time Time And The Gods The Opulence Of Yahn The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save For Sacnoth Poltarnees, Beholder Of Ocean The Idle City Bethmoora Idle Days On The Yann The Hashish Man Carcassonne In Zaccarath The Dream Of King Karna Vootra How The Enemy Came To Thl Nr Na The Distressing Tale Of Thangobrind The Jeweller, And Of The Doom That Befell Him A Shop In Go By Street The Avenger Of Perd Ndaris How The Dwarfs Rose Up In War The Probable Adventure Of The Three Literary Men The Loot Of Bombasharna The Injudicious Prayers Of Pombo The Idolater The Bride Of The Man Horse The Quest Of The Queen S Tears How One Came, As Was Foretold, To The City Of Never A Day At The Edge Of The World Erlathdronion Epilogue Afterword Lin CarterCover Illustration Ray Cruz


10 thoughts on “At the Edge of the World

  1. says:

    Okay, Maybe it s my fault, but honestly I blame Dunsany I begin the reading of each of his stories hopefully, and certainly his prose is gorgeous and musical, but suddenly still awash in the stream of his prose, bathed in its colors and sounds I find I have zoned out completely, that I have no longer any idea what I am reading, and this feeling may go on for the length of a paragraph, or Then I shake off my torpor, begin to read again, this time with newly marshaled attention, but the zoning out continues, again and again and again Because of this, one short Dunsany story may take me days to complete I have to be fair, though Sometimes his stories don t make me don t zone out at all Often it is one of the early pieces, like Of the Gods of Averon half prose poem, half parable, the kind that reveal the gods from Dunsany s reverent but free thinking perspective Or it may be one of the later tales those three fine connected stories, Idle Days on the Yann, The Shop in Go By Street, and The Avenger of Perdondaris immediately come to mind in which a detailed presentation of a imaginative world is artfully merged with a philosophical meditation on the nature of creation and time Then I bow before Dunsany s artistry and revise my opinion of his prose But later, when I try to read another of his stories, I find I am zoning out again.I think this is because Dunsany is often guilty of what my freshman composition teacher meant by fine writing, and, believe me, he wasn t giving out any compliments when he said it Often this term is applied pejoratively by writers Raymond Carver or El Leonard fans, for example who wish to condemn prose euphonious, richer in diction and metaphor, syntactically complex than their own Me I love Carver and Leonard, but I also love sweet sounding, complex rhythmic sentences graced with remarkable imagery and unusual words Dunsany does indeed write such sentences, but the fine writing of his which continually defeats me is something else in addition to this Fine writing is created when an author, intent upon the beauty and music of every discrete element of his prose, produces an excellence so merciless and exhaustively uniform that he damages his composition as a whole After being crammed with banana split and cheesecake sentences, most readers need something like spring water a small modest clause, a humble fragment to clear the palate and wet the throat But Dunsany the confectioner will have none of it Like guitarist Nigel Tunfel of Spinal Tap to change my metaphors in midstream he keeps his amplifier turned up to 11, blasting his beautiful, mellifluous prose at full volume, nearly all of the time Here is a passage from How One Came, as Was Foretold, to the City of Never It is part of the beginning, not a climax If you can get through it without zoning out just once, you are a better Dunsany reader than I He whom prophecy had named from of old to come to the City of Never, went down one midnight with his magic halter to a lake side where the hippogriffs alighted at dawn, for the turf was soft there and they could gallop far before they came to a town, and there he waited hidden near their hoofmarks And the stars paled a little and grew indistinct but there was no other sign as yet of the dawn, when there appeared far up in the deeps of the night two little saffron specks, then four and five it was the hippogriffs dancing and twirling around in the sun Another flock joined hem, there were twelve of them now they danced there, flashing their colours back to the sun, they descended in wide curves slowly trees down on earth revealed against the sky, jet black each delicate twig a star disappeared from a cluster, now another and dawn came on like music, like a new song Ducks shot by to the lake from still dark fields of corn, far voices uttered, a colour grew upon water, and still the hippogriffs gloried in the light, revelling up in the sky but when pigeons stirred on the branches and the first small bird was abroad, and little coots from the rushes ventured to peer about, then there came down on a sudden with a thunder of feathers the hippogriffs, and, as they landed from their celestial heights all bathed with the day s first sunlight, the man whose destiny it was as from of old to come to the City of Never, sprang up and caught the last with the magic halter It plunged, but could not escape it, for the hippogriffs are of the uncaptured races, and magic has power over the magical, so the man mounted it, and it soared again for the heights whence it had come, as a wounded beast goes home.


  2. says:

    Dunsany dwells at the very root of the fantasy genre Read him and you will see a tremendous influence on H.P Lovecraft and many others He is, perhaps, the most beautiful prose writer I ve ever read.


  3. says:

    I think of this book as a decorative object one you can open and start reading on any random paragraph and is still beautiful Not interesting, but beautiful.


  4. says:

    Many stories of gods and kings and princesses, and also just ordinary travelers, who leave the fields we know, and walk further afield, past the edge of the world.


  5. says:

    Quite flowery in parts but a cracking read.


  6. says:

    A good selection of Dunsany s stories, with some handy notes about the stories behind the stories this is best read in collaboration with the penguin classic edition In the land of time and other fantasies to experience a complete version of Dunsany s worlds and the different stages of his writing career As a fan of Lovecraft and Tolkien I had heard about the influence Dunsany wielded on fantasy, but now i finally read him, I m in awe from being completely enthralled in his stories, sometimes only two pages long Two pages of Dunsany has effect then two hundred or two thousand pages of other books His use of Mythology and poetic language create sombre moods of forgotten lands and mythic people, and he adds humour and an undertone of human values and dangers that resonate as strongly today as they did back in the early 1900s, just as Tolkien s themes with Lord of the Rings do Dunsany is now one of my all time favourite authors


  7. says:

    Lord Dunsany, ha sido un genio sin parang n, un creador impresionante de dioses y mundos crepusculares, on ricos, fant sticos No creo que haya existido otro autor de tanta capacidad creativa en la historia de la literatura de ficci n En Fifty one tales lamentablemente traducido parcialmente demuestra un asombroso talento para hacer brotar de su grandiosa imaginaci n cincuenta y un argumentos diversos, aunque todos tengan algo en com n lo maravilloso En este tomo, que me ha costado conseguir, y con el que he so ado muchas veces he so ado literalmente existen pruebas irrefutables de lo dicho anteriormente Entre muchos de los relatos geniales que abundan en este libro, quiero destacar especialmente algunos de ellos Los dos mejores, para mi gusto son las continuaciones del extraordinario D as de ocio en el pa s del Yann me refiero a Una tienda en Go By street y El vengador de Perd ndaris Son simplemente relatos llenos de magia y poes a, de absurdas situaciones, de fino humor y paisajes de ensue o y es que los acontecimientos transcurren como en algunos cuentos de su admirador H.P Lovecraft, en sue os William Butler Yeats, el gran poeta irland s, ha dicho que si hubiera le do D as de ocio en el pa s del Yann y La ca da de Babbulkund de peque o, su vida hubiera cambiado inexorablemente para bien o para mal De cu ntos escritores podemos hoy decir lo mismo Lean a Dunsany la fantas a de sus relatos los va a envolver, a mecer dulcemente en su fant stico regazo.


  8. says:

    I don t think I can say it better than Dunsany himself, so I ll quote from Idle Days on the Yann All in that city was of ancient device the carving on the houses, which, when age had broken it, remained unrepaired, was of the remotest times, and everywhere were represented in stone beasts that have long since passed away from Earth the dragon, the griffin, the hippogriffin, and the different species of gargoyle Nothing was to be found, whether material or custom, that was new in Astahahn DUNSANY, LORD 2005 A Dreamer s Tales Kindle Locations 473 478 Public Domain Books Kindle Edition.And with the possible exception of Clark Ashton Smith, nobody has ever shown Dunsany s facility at inventing names.


  9. says:

    Yes This is the one that got me hooked many moons ago The stories here by Lord Dunsany are GREAT I own this one and I ve read it about 20 times over the years Always great Always like I ve reading these stories for the first time.But Do not over look the super editing job done here by the late Lin Carter An excellent selection of Dunsany s stories Did Dunsany ever write a bad story and Carter s introductions are a priceless guide to the poor lost reader trying to find of Dunsany s work for future reading Carter s editing of this and other great books lead me to places in fantasy and reality reading I never would have gone without his assistance.I would like to see this one reissued It deserves to be.


  10. says:

    contains some very fine bits most excellent is the probable adventures of three literary men, which ends famously with one anti protagonist falling from us still through the unreverberate blackness of the abyss how awesome is that