I read this mostly because I loved the title and that the residents of Lud must be Luddites I also observed that Neil Gaiman, a favourite of mine, recommended it very highly Written in 1926, Lud in the Mist is old fashioned and encompasses some out of date ideas, but mostly it is a fairy story for adults and it has a lot of charm The author was obviously well educated and she wrote some very beautiful passages I very much enjoyed her descriptions of Lud and its surroundings and the clever names she gave to places and people.The story is slow but interesting and does not always go in the direction you expect Sometimes the least likely people stand up and become heroes I was very surprised though that after lots of very detailed events I was then short changed right at the end with no account of what happened in Fairyland So although I cannot rate it as highly as Mr Gaiman, it was an enjoyable and interesting tale. A menudo parece que cuando hablamos de fantas a, no hay nada antes de Tolkien Nada m s lejos de la realidad, y remont ndonos en el tiempo podemos encontrar maravillas de la talla de La hija del rey del pa s de los elfos de Dunsany, Fantastes de MacDonald, o este Entrebrumas, entre otrasQui n no se ha preguntado en qu bosques misteriosos nuestros antepasados descubrieron los modelos que inspiraron las bestias y los p jaros de sus tapices Escrito en 1926, es con todo derecho un cl sico del g nero fant stico Moderno, ir nico, cr tico, lleno de personajes carism ticos, con ese maravilloso aire de leyenda, de cuento antiguo Una aut ntica joya cuya f rmula, quiz s por haber sido una novela injustamente olvidada, no ha sido repetida hasta la saciedad, con lo que incluso hoy en d a encontraremos en ella elementos que nos suenan novedosos.Es esta la obra m s famosa de Mirrlees, que tambi n fue poeta y traductora, con influencia clara en obras de personajes de la talla de T.S Eliot o Virginia Woolf M s modernamente, es imposible no ver las conexiones de Entrebrumas con otras novelas ic nicas del g nero, como Jonathan Strange y el Sr Norrell de Susanna Clarke, o Stardust de Gaiman, quien la cita a menudo como una de sus obras favoritas No hay ninguna cosa cotidiana que, contemplada desde cierto ngulo, no se transforme en un hada Piense en el Dapple, o en el Dawl, cuando se pierden en el crep sculo hacia el este Piense en un bosque oto al o en un espino en mayo Todas esas cosas nos resultan familiares, pero qu es lo que deber amos pensar si no las hubi ramos visto nunca y ley ramos una descripci n suya o las contempl semos por vez primera Un r o dorado rboles llameantes rboles que, repentinamente, rompen a florecer Por lo que parece, Dorimare podr a ser el Reino de las Hadas para la gente del otro lado de las colinas del Conf n. Neil Gaiman raved about this book, so I read it I wish I could have read it without knowing anything about it but I still liked it It was written in the 1920 s before fantasy tropes were so set in stone so it goes in directions you don t expect it to Also, it s as though the author never heard of the idea that fantasy is a juvenile and disreputable genre, so she takes herself and her book seriously and uses fantasy to explore real and important ideas. Neil Gaiman calls this a little golden miracle of a book , and I can see why.The writing is beautiful, the themes thought provoking, and the book as a whole is just so engrossing and satisfying It has that old fashioned classical quality to it, but never feels stuffy besides the two chapters of info dumping in the beginning The characters may not have the depth of those in modern fiction, yet there was enough there to tug at the imagination It meanders, but never feels like it s drifting off course.If you re a fan of old fashioned books with a fairytale feel, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. Neil Gaiman made me do it Er, for those who don t know, Neil Gaiman touted Lud in the mist as one of the best yet most overlooked Fantasy novels of the twentieth century, and in my humble opinion he slightly, just slightly, oversold it Sure, it s a beautifully written book, and Fantasy notwithstanding, surprisingly timeless actually, it s pretty hard to believe it was written in 1926 , but for some reason I found it a bit hard to get into the story and care for any of the characters I appreciated the beauty of the prose, liked the idea of two civilizations faerie and human clashing together even ifrecent novels like Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell did it better , and indeed found the overall plot mystery interesting enough to keep me turning the pages, but all in all I fail to recognize the masterpiece proclaimed by Gaiman in his review To each his own, I guess. Izgleda da je Lud in the Mist Lud u magli Lad Ko bi ga znao najpoznatiji nepoznati fentezi U tom smislu da je objavljen 1926 i da je njegova istinski ekscentri na i jednako istinski bogata autorka posle toga uglavnom batalila pisanje mo da je smatrala da je u dvadeset petoj rekla sve to je imala I da je slede ih devedesetak godina njegov uticaj na fantastiku, naro ito britansku, vrlo prisutan i vrlo skriven ak i onda kad pisci na koje je Houp Mirliz presudno uticala recimo Nil Gejman i Suzana Klark to uop te ne kriju Kako da vam ka em, posle ove knjige Zvezdanu pra inu mo ete da posmatrate jedino kao imitaciju beznade no udaljenu od originala i od njegovog ose aja za istinsku aroliju.Roman koristi solidno poznati motiv normalno mesto koje se grani i s Vilinskom zemljom i problemi koji iz toga nastaju za njegove vrlo uslovno govore i normalne stanovnike ali ga varira na dosta neobi an na in i unosi sve mogu e nijanse zna enja i otvara se prema interpretacijama u rasponu od prikaza klasne borbe preko bolesti zavisnosti do odnosa stvarnosti, umetnosti i mita I sve to uz jednu starinsku i esto preterano sladunjavu slikovitost malo je falilo da batalim knjigu posle prvih nekoliko stranica zbog liiiirskog sentimenta, ali je posle toga radnja naglo ubrzala a stil se oslobodio ve ine referenci na krhko, ne no i istan ano ali samo ve ine i do kraja se odr ao na solidnoj visini A po to je ovo knjiga nastala i objavljena pre nego to se anr epske fantastike konsolidovao oko Tolkina, razvoj i meandriranje radnje, a pogotovu likova, osve avaju e su neo ekivani a kraj pa i kraj, zapravo, ali da sad ne zalazimo u to. Undeniably cute and obviously influential I feel Gaiman s whimsy and Feist s take on the eeriness of faerie Short, often acerbic or funny, full of imagination and a fascinating blend of fairy tale, detective novel and quest story, I think everyone who loves fantasy should stop by this book to see some of our roots However, like so much of important history, while I learned a lot, I am not sure it was the most exciting or kindest thing I ve experienced.CONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers, just a list of topics view spoiler addiction, casual misogyny, loss of a child, infidelity, body shaming hide spoiler Lud In The Mist, The Capital City Of The Small Country Dorimare, Is A Port At The Con Uence Of Two Rivers, The Dapple And The Dawl The Dapple Has Its Origin Beyond The Debatable Hills To The West Of Lud In The Mist, In Fairyland In The Days Of Duke Aubrey, Some Centuries Earlier, Fairy Things Had Been Looked Upon With Reverence, And Fairy Fruit Was Brought Down The Dapple And Enjoyed By The People Of Dorimare But After Duke Aubrey Had Been Expelled From Dorimare By The Burghers, The Eating Of Fairy Fruit Came To Be Regarded As A Crime, And Anything Related To Fairyland Was Unspeakable Now, When His Son Ranulph Is Believed To Have Eaten Fairy Fruit, Nathaniel Chanticleer, The Mayor Of Lud In The Mist, Finds Himself Looking Into Old Mysteries In Order To Save His Son And The People Of His City Of course, I come to this novel via Tim Powers, who quoted it quite tantalizingly and memorably in Last Call as one to which Scott Crane and his late wife often referred in their intimate shorthand with one another At one point Susan s ghost, or at least the chthonic spirt of alcohol that is impersonating Susan refers to a blackish canary canary as in the sense of a shade of yellow rather than that of the bird of that name as a way of commenting on Scott s refusal to grasp what is really going on and his dismissal thereof as really pretty unimportant anyway Such a strange phrase, that, I ve always wanted to see it in context and see where it came from.Well, now I know And its source is just as intriguing and maddening and wonderful and mind bogglingly cool as I had hoped it would be.Lud in the Mist is one of those open secrets by which real fantasy fans of a certain wistful, thoughtful, poetic type know each other, I think Originally published in 1926, it dates from the same era that gave us H.P Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith, and shares some of the dreamlike qualities of the best of those writers work, but has none of the menace and horror At least not overtly, though, and I rejoice to say it, Mirlees version of fairies and Fairyland is quite, quite uncanny.At first the book reminded methan a little of Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast works, the first of which, Titus Groan, I am about halfway through reading but may not ever finish not so much out of dislike as exhaustion with Peake s fantasy of manners and its glacial slowness and hypnotic stolidity and its near lack of action But soon I realized that this was an altogether sprightlier work, for all its early chapter concerns with a politically and socially powerful father who regards his son as a mere adjunct or appendage of his own identity.But then the book comes into its own just as Nathan Chanticleer s young son is suddenly revealed to him as a whole nother human being when he stumbles into confessing that he has broken the city of Lud in the Mist s single greatest taboo he has eaten fairy fruit Fairy fruit being something between a narcotic and a food exported by the nation that borders Chanticleer s own, that being Fairyland You know, where fairies are, and magic and stuff Stuff that has been expunged as thoroughly as possible from memory and consciousness by the middle class of Lud in the Mist as part of their socio political coup that rid the city of its irrational hereditary aristocracy and its feudalistic ways.Of course, in ridding the city of its old masters and replacing them with rational, vaguely meritocratic,profit minded new ones, much was lost, and many did not give it up lightly Thus a sort of cult in which the last Duke, Aubrey, is basically an avatar of the Green Man, still quietly flourishes in Lud in the Mist and its environs, and lots of secret doings can be traced back to this cult and its adherents, witting and un Which is how, of course, the youngest Chanticleer winds up eating fairy fruit and in so doing turn everything possible on its head.The rest of the plot winds up being almost a cozy mystery as Nathan tries to track down how this unspeakable thing has happened to his belated pride and joy A cozy mystery with truly wonderful grace notes, including astonishingly lovely prose and wonderful insights into the nature of truth, the power of belief, and the limitations of reason Reason, I know, is only a drug, and, as such, its effects are never permanent says one city father to another But, like the juice of the poppy, it often gives a temporary relief A lot of Lud in the Mist deals with just that kind of careful construction of reality in which each of us is constantly engaging in our heads, construction that involves careful choices about what to let in, what to ignore, and what to abhor as impossible or otherwise unreal The nature of the Law comes in for special scrutiny as the most unusual and interesting variety of consensual delusion, it is the perfect foil for the delusions and unrealities of pardon me for using such coarse language, but sometimes one must, to get one s point across Fairyland.If at times Lud in the Mist feels a tad too allegorical, the effect is of short duration One is quickly distracted from this jaundiced view of the book by the characters and their surroundings, that glow with vibrant color and come to such vivid life one might think one has been slipped some fairy fruit onself Or wish to have been If anyone ever tries to make a feature film of these books I understand there was a BBC miniseries early this century , I insist Werner Herzog get first crack at it, and that he hypnotize his cast every shooting day like he did for Heart of Glass and has them perform so entranced But we don t need that to happen, really, because we have Heart of Glass. This is a tale of the relationship between Fairyland and ordinary life, which puts it at the heart of my favorite storytelling traditions Born during the late lifetime of fellow countryman George MacDonald relevant works Phantastes, Lilith , and just thirteen years younger than G.K Chesterton Orthodoxy , Mirrlees seems to write under the guidance of the same muse that led them It wouldn t surprise me if she were directly influenced by either one or both nor would it surprise me if, like both of them, she influenced Tolkien I m thinking especially of On Fairy Stories and Lewis with her own work Neil Gaiman Stardust apparently admits her as a favorite, and while I haven t heard anything Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell may have said on the subject, I strongly suspect she s read this book.For all its both retrospective and forward looking similarities to other great works of fantasy fiction, it s one of theunpredictable tales I ve ever read that yet managed an emotionally satisfying ending I won t spoil the central points of unpredictability, but the satisfying ending bit required me to put my whole heart into sympathizing with the unlikely protagonist, which I did.Nat Chanticleer, a plump, gin and cheese loving, middle aged lawmaker, is outwardly as steady and stodgy and Law driven as his exquisitely stuffy friend Ambrose and all their comrades But inwardly well, inwardly, he s heard the Note It s the Note that makes Nat a kindred spirit He s never perfect he s dithery and melancholic, and he bears comparatively little attachment to his daughter, for all he loves his son But that Note helps him, and it s the first thing that puts tears in my eyes when I think back over the book.For all the story s unpredictability, it s primarily a fairy tale It reads a little like an allegory for something, but it s hard to fix on what, precisely Mirrlees converted from what, I m not sure to Catholicism just a couple of years after publishing this novel, and perhaps she, like me, saw in Catholicism one of the few places where Faerie took safe refuge from modernity, but her conversion did apparently come after writing the book, and her creatures of Fairyland are nearer relatives of Clarke s gentleman with the thistle down hair than they are to any saint That said, with the exception of possibly justifying certain dispositions of a certain rascal I dare not getspoilery than that the allegory reads as true.It s certainly an old fashioned story modern readers might find it difficult to get into, as it s heavily frontloaded with description and backstory Nobody browbeat authors back then with the fear that such tactics might bore readers The first half felt a tad long to me, but the second half once the story began to be less about Lud in general andabout Nat did not.The second half is worth reading the first half for It s hero s journey and murder mystery and philosophical conflict between law abiding and lawlessness, and I thought it honestly delightful But even the first half contains some startling little thought gems and a lot of beautiful poetic prose.I could see people disliking it, but it s hard to imagine who If you like Clarke s work or Gaiman s, MacDonald s fairy stories or Tolkien s, it s worth giving Lud in the Mist a try It s not derivative fantasy it s one of the classics from which the greats derive I loved it I could see myself reading it again And perhaps again and again after that.