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ISBN13: 9780441012473
ISBN10: 0441012477
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Shipwrecked off Baltimore and rescued by a mysterious sailor, A. Clarence Shandon is taken to an unknown land where he undertakes a physical and allegorical journey that leads to encounters with Beowulf, Robin Hood, Huck Finn, Don Quixote, the Green Knight, and the goddess Circe, culminating in a descent into Hell.

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Silverlock is one of the all-time great fantasy classics. In this richly picaresque story of a modern man's fruitful adventurings in legendary realms of gold, John Myers Myers has presented a glowing tapestry of real excitement and meaning.

In essence, this is the tale of Silverlock's wanderings in the Commonwealth, the land of immortal heroes real and imagined, in search of his true destiny. In form, it is sheer headlong narrative, with occasional clangorous verses woven into its fabric. In content, it is something between a many-peopled, incident-studded story of high emprise, and a morality for our time. Always it is fresh and bold in concept, superb in its execution ... How A. Clarence Shandon came to the Commonwealth, exchanging his everyday name and Chicago-bound life for that of a traveler beyond time; what great ones of old legend and modern story he encountered, and to what purpose; what loves he knew and what fights he fought; what trials befell him in the Pit, and what truth he discovered when at last he won to the Hippocrene Spring — these are matters of such crowding variety and implicit significance as the reader must discover for himself ... And in the discovering, the literate reader will have a wonderful time. He will be amused by the wicked wit that illumines the vast panorama, and intrigued by the challenge it offers his own learning. Most of all, he will be impressed by its profound knowledge, of our cultural heritage, and stirred by its vital interpretations.

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The cult classic fantasy novel returns to print — first time in trade paperback.

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rmordcav, August 2, 2009 (view all comments by rmordcav)
This book is amazing on so many levels. First let me say when I first picked it up, at the nagging of my girlfriend at the time, I was anti-Silverlock; anything somebody was pushing so hard had to be bad for you. As I read the first chapter I was convinced I didn't like the character and certainly was wasting my time with this book. But then something happen.... Which is what usually happens with a great thing. I started seeing Shandon as someone working towards being better rather than just a stock character. It was a life in progress, a life working towards something better. The literary references were so varied that I started thinking of "Finnigan's Wake" but these were references that I could get a hold of immerse myself in, so that they became very real because they larger than life. The story is similar to many morality tales but it doesn't shove any particular politics, religious or ideological slant down your throat. maybe because it's about life, and life is bigger than any single thread of perspective or way of thinking. There are incongruities along the way but they manage to fit intuitively into the circumstances that flow from the story. In the end we learn through the main characters' journey that life is as big as we make it; with all the things that count: love,war,courage,loyalty, and the list goes on.
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phinnianb, June 5, 2009 (view all comments by phinnianb)
It's out again! Every so often, I look for this book to replace copies lost or lent. Woo hoo! So - imagine an island nation populated with all the myths and legends you have ever heard of. From Beowulf to the Green Man and Circe, in every culture, every mythbase, here they are. Silverlock is one man's journey (a very cynical, jaded man to begin with ) through the Commonwealth (the island nation) where he was thrown up by shipwreck. By the time his journey is done, his outlook is changed and he...wait - you need to read this for yourself. Go ahead, it won't bite - but you might become addicted to it and revisit every year or so. This book has been with me since college...many, many years ago. I still read it with a sense of wonder and there are still some characters I haven't identified! Happy reading!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441012473
Author:
Myers, John Myers
Publisher:
Ace Trade
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Publication Date:
20050405
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.10x6.06x1.00 in. .89 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Silverlock is one of the all-time great fantasy classics. In this richly picaresque story of a modern man's fruitful adventurings in legendary realms of gold, John Myers Myers has presented a glowing tapestry of real excitement and meaning.

In essence, this is the tale of Silverlock's wanderings in the Commonwealth, the land of immortal heroes real and imagined, in search of his true destiny. In form, it is sheer headlong narrative, with occasional clangorous verses woven into its fabric. In content, it is something between a many-peopled, incident-studded story of high emprise, and a morality for our time. Always it is fresh and bold in concept, superb in its execution ... How A. Clarence Shandon came to the Commonwealth, exchanging his everyday name and Chicago-bound life for that of a traveler beyond time; what great ones of old legend and modern story he encountered, and to what purpose; what loves he knew and what fights he fought; what trials befell him in the Pit, and what truth he discovered when at last he won to the Hippocrene Spring — these are matters of such crowding variety and implicit significance as the reader must discover for himself ... And in the discovering, the literate reader will have a wonderful time. He will be amused by the wicked wit that illumines the vast panorama, and intrigued by the challenge it offers his own learning. Most of all, he will be impressed by its profound knowledge, of our cultural heritage, and stirred by its vital interpretations.

"Synopsis" by , The cult classic fantasy novel returns to print — first time in trade paperback.
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