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DARK LEGEND.

Highwater, Jamake.

ISBN 10: 0802114776 / ISBN 13: 9780802114778
Published by GROVE PRESS., NY, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED & dated in year of publication by Jamake Highwater on the title page. Fine in dj.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 23276

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Title: DARK LEGEND.

Publisher: GROVE PRESS., NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A retelling of the mythic saga of the magic ring of the Nibelungen, transplanted to the lush, tropical pre-Columbian Americas following the myth's female characters and spotlighting the conflit between nature and culture

From Publishers Weekly:

Highwater is always at his best when, as in The Primal Mind , he stays farthest away from any attempted depiction of real Native Americans and contents himself with transplanting European concepts to non-European settings. Such is the case in his new novel, which reworks the story of Wagner's Ring Cycle, setting it in a mythic pre-Columbian America teeming with gods, goddesses, sprites, giants and other supernatural beings, as well as a few Indians. An evil, power-greedy dwarf steals gold from a river where magical maidens are bathing. The thief is quickly captured and the gold (now shaped into a ring) restored, but Kuwai, lord of the sky, and his consort Amaru remain worried; the recovered treasure no longer shines. The Wagnerian plot line remains compelling, and Highwater's terse prose, which has seldom been better, works well in the mythic mode. Unfortunately, his characters remain vague archetypes whose dialogue is often stilted--a pitfall of the genre, which frequently assumes that primeval beings must always speak in formal, lofty tones. Still, fans of Highwater and high fantasy will find enough here to hold their attention.
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