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Windhaven

Martin, George R. R. And Lisa Tuttle

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ISBN 10: 0671252771 / ISBN 13: 9780671252779
Published by Timescape, New York, 1981
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Inscribed by Martin on the title page. The problem is a group of about 20 pages at the end of the book have various creases and dog-ears, maybe from the production process. Priced accordingly. Bookseller Inventory # 32856

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Title: Windhaven

Publisher: Timescape, New York

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

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The light gravity and limited supply of metal fabric wings in the space colony lets only a few humans fly, and ground-confined Maris challenges the closed order of Flyers in order to fly

Review:

If Windhaven weren't a fantasy book, it would be a selection for Oprah's books club, in the best sense. It tells the life story of a girl whose desire is so strong that it literally changes her world.

Maris wants nothing more than to fly. But she is land-bound: she was not born into a family of flyers, those who inherit their wings from their ancestors and convey messages, songs, and stories between the isolated islands of Windhaven. She convinces the flyers to break their ancient dynastic traditions for a selfish reason--to gain a pair of wings. In so doing, however, she opens the skies to all the hopeful land-bound, with serious social and political repercussions for both populations.

Each of the five chapters relates a different incident in Maris's struggle to first become a flyer and to then open the skies, and the flyers' minds, to the rest of the land-bound. They are told in sequential order as Maris ages, but resemble short stories featuring the same character more than chapters in a novel. Although the background in each certainly enhances the understanding of the following one, this knowledge is not at all essential to appreciating each chapter as a discrete entity that can stand alone.

Windhaven is a thought-provoking book, challenging us by depicting the potential consequences when young idealists break ancient traditions. The authors gave us a heroine, a planet, and a story that teach as they entertain. --Diana M. Gitig

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