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From "The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla" From steaming lowlands down by the equator, where monstrous orchids blow, where beetles big as mice sit on the tent-ropes, and fireflies glide about by night like little moving stars, the travelers went three days through forests of cactus till they came to the open plains where the oryx are. When Bwona Khubla had gone there three years From "The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla" From steaming lowlands down by the equator, where monstrous orchids blow, where beetles big as mice sit on the tent-ropes, and fireflies glide about by night like little moving stars, the travelers went three days through forests of cactus till they came to the open plains where the oryx are. When Bwona Khubla had gone there three years ago, what with malaria with which he was shaking all over, and what with disgust at finding the water-hole dry, he had decided to die there, and in that part of the world such decisions are always fatal. In any case he was overdue to die, but hitherto his amazing resolution, and that terrible strength of character that so astounded his porters, had kept him alive and moved his safari on. There is not doubt that he was a fearful man. . . . * This peculiar collection is a very real treat: we envy you the reading of it. Among the treasures in this volume are "The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla," "How the Office of Postman Fell Vacant in Offord-Under-the-Wold," "The Prayer of Boob Aheera," "East and West," "A Pretty Quarrel," "How the Gods Avenged Meoul Ki Ning," "The Gift of the Gods," "The Sack of Emeralds," "The Old Brown Coat," "An Archive of the Older Mysteries," and "A City of Wonder," and a section he called Beyond the Fields We Know, which included "Publisher's Note," "Idle Days on the Yann," "A Shop in Go-By Street," and "The Avenger of Perd�ndaris."


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From "The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla" From steaming lowlands down by the equator, where monstrous orchids blow, where beetles big as mice sit on the tent-ropes, and fireflies glide about by night like little moving stars, the travelers went three days through forests of cactus till they came to the open plains where the oryx are. When Bwona Khubla had gone there three years From "The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla" From steaming lowlands down by the equator, where monstrous orchids blow, where beetles big as mice sit on the tent-ropes, and fireflies glide about by night like little moving stars, the travelers went three days through forests of cactus till they came to the open plains where the oryx are. When Bwona Khubla had gone there three years ago, what with malaria with which he was shaking all over, and what with disgust at finding the water-hole dry, he had decided to die there, and in that part of the world such decisions are always fatal. In any case he was overdue to die, but hitherto his amazing resolution, and that terrible strength of character that so astounded his porters, had kept him alive and moved his safari on. There is not doubt that he was a fearful man. . . . * This peculiar collection is a very real treat: we envy you the reading of it. Among the treasures in this volume are "The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla," "How the Office of Postman Fell Vacant in Offord-Under-the-Wold," "The Prayer of Boob Aheera," "East and West," "A Pretty Quarrel," "How the Gods Avenged Meoul Ki Ning," "The Gift of the Gods," "The Sack of Emeralds," "The Old Brown Coat," "An Archive of the Older Mysteries," and "A City of Wonder," and a section he called Beyond the Fields We Know, which included "Publisher's Note," "Idle Days on the Yann," "A Shop in Go-By Street," and "The Avenger of Perd�ndaris."

52 review for Tales of Three Hemispheres by Edward J. M. D. Plunkett, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leonard McCullen

    The edition I have opens with an essay from H. P. Lovecraft on the topic of Dunsany and his admiration for the mans work. In it, he politely intimates that he doesn’t care for the last two dunsany collections and hopes that the then-just-announced Tales of Three Hemispheres will mark a return to form for Dunsany along the lines of his masterful The Sword of Welleran and A Dreamer’s Tales. I, a man living in the future have come to bring you the devastating news that this is just mostly more disa The edition I have opens with an essay from H. P. Lovecraft on the topic of Dunsany and his admiration for the mans work. In it, he politely intimates that he doesn’t care for the last two dunsany collections and hopes that the then-just-announced Tales of Three Hemispheres will mark a return to form for Dunsany along the lines of his masterful The Sword of Welleran and A Dreamer’s Tales. I, a man living in the future have come to bring you the devastating news that this is just mostly more disappointing Tales of Wonder. This short collection is a mishmash of uninspired oriental tales, saved only by The idle Days on the Yann (here reprinted from A Dreamer’s Tales) and its two sequels. S. T. Joshi said in his great foreword to the Penguin collection of Dunsany stories that the reason Dunsany is not regarded higher in the literary world is because “he wrote too much”. I’m beginning to see the truth in this as I have read eight Dunsany works and have found five masterful works, while I tally three duds in a row and hope the trend does not continue on into his novels. (Fingers tightly crossed)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ian Casey

    Tales of Three Hemispheres is a slim volume in which Lord Dunsany returns to the style of his earlier short fantasy fiction, after the minor diversion of a World War. One of the longer stories in it, in fact, is a reprint of 'Idle Days on the Yann' from A Dreamer's Tales, albeit it works well here in context as the first of a three part story. One risks being reductive by saying this is merely more of the same from Dunsany, but at a superficial level that is what it is. His fantastical prose poet Tales of Three Hemispheres is a slim volume in which Lord Dunsany returns to the style of his earlier short fantasy fiction, after the minor diversion of a World War. One of the longer stories in it, in fact, is a reprint of 'Idle Days on the Yann' from A Dreamer's Tales, albeit it works well here in context as the first of a three part story. One risks being reductive by saying this is merely more of the same from Dunsany, but at a superficial level that is what it is. His fantastical prose poetry is as enchanting as ever, and will appeal to existing fans, but is neither the likeliest nor best starting point for winning new admirers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Manuel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Interesante colección de cuentos de Dunsany, que mantiene las atmósferas orientales, con tintes de sueño que caracteriza al autor. Es un buen complemento a los Cuentos de un Soñador, obra en la que el autor desarrolla su estilo de forma más plena.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Векослав Стефановски

    The first Dunsany I've read. Very well written, with a lovely and poetic cadence. Not much in it plot-wise, but I can definitely feel why this was a major influence on a host of weird-fiction writers. The first Dunsany I've read. Very well written, with a lovely and poetic cadence. Not much in it plot-wise, but I can definitely feel why this was a major influence on a host of weird-fiction writers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew James Jiao

    The section at the latter part of the book he calls Beyond the Fields We Know is beyond remarkable. It includes three short tales that should be read as three chapters of a story: Idle Days on the Yann, A Shop in Go-By Street, and The Avenger of Perdondaris. The first tale, Idle Days on the Yann is part of one of his earlier short story collections, A Dreamer's Tales. In these three tales, the narrator (The Dreamer), tells of his journeys between the "Fields We Know" and the "Lands of Dream". "I The section at the latter part of the book he calls Beyond the Fields We Know is beyond remarkable. It includes three short tales that should be read as three chapters of a story: Idle Days on the Yann, A Shop in Go-By Street, and The Avenger of Perdondaris. The first tale, Idle Days on the Yann is part of one of his earlier short story collections, A Dreamer's Tales. In these three tales, the narrator (The Dreamer), tells of his journeys between the "Fields We Know" and the "Lands of Dream". "It is perfectly clear that Time moves over the Lands of Dream swifter or slower than over the fields we know. For the dead, and the long dead, live again in our dreams; and a dreamer passes through the events of days in a single moment of the Town-Hall's clock." - from The Avenger of Perdondaris

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hugo

    Un libro de cuentos cortos, en el que lo mejor a mi gusto es la serie de más allá del mundo conocido, donde el protagonista viaja por un mundo onírico donde el tiempo se mueve a un ritmo diferente al de la realidad. Lord Dunsany es un pilar de la novela de fantasía y de los pioneros del genero de espada y hechicería,

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ignacio

    Relatos de gran poder evocador.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    Fantastic tales by Lord Dunsany...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is an audiobook from LibriVox. https://librivox.org/tales-of-three-h... This is an audiobook from LibriVox. https://librivox.org/tales-of-three-h...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    All about evoking a feeling. Very good at it, but if you're not in the mood for mysterious wonder you might not enjoy it. All about evoking a feeling. Very good at it, but if you're not in the mood for mysterious wonder you might not enjoy it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    False

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