Item description for The Far-Enough Window: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups of All Ages by Ron Tiner John Grant...
A fairy tale for grown-ups of all ages...
Joanna has lived in solitude for as long as she can remember. One day, when she goes to write up her diary, she discovers that she seems already to have done so -- and this discovery leads her to the Far-Enough Window. Under the guidance of Robin Goodfellow, waiting for her beside it, she peers farther than the eye can see to transport herself to Fairyland.
But this is a Fairyland unlike any she has ever heard of. Here nothing is ever as it seems as the fey creatures of mythology vie with the cosy little fairies she's read about in children's stories. Joanna must tread a complex and hazardous path to find her way back to her own present. If she succeeds, perhaps the mysteries of her own strange life will be answered.
Filled with constant astonishments, The Far-Enough Window -- by Hugo- and World Fantasy Award-winning writer John Grant -- is a work of great beauty that also offers a thrilling adventure, challenging the mind at every ingenious twist and turn. It is a book for anyone who can remember burrowing down under the bedclothes with a flashlight so their parents wouldn't know they were still reading.
Superbly illustrated by renowned artist Ron Tiner, who also provides the cover art.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Far-Enough Window: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups of All Ages?
Confused Fairy-World Dec 25, 2007
At page 250 of this fantasy/fairy-tale novel by a prestigious British author, the main character, 17-year old Joanna says, "This is getting very confusing." That about sums up this mixed-up, hard-to-follow book about the loss and reclamation of Fairyland. Perhaps, it was more understandable to Brits? I just didn't get it or feel wowed or caused to suspend my disbelief.
Return to fantasy Oct 16, 2003
When it comes down to fantasy, John Grant is the leading man. As co-author of the "Encyclopedia of Fantasy" he knows what goes on inside the minds of storytellers. And in "The Far-Enough Window", proves he's a great storyteller himself by letting recognizable characters alert the reader about the fantasy world being in grave danger of disappearing. It's a wonderful attempt to rescue that world from extinction, by giving the reader a new tale to loose his heart to. And in my view, it's more than an attempt: it's a success.
A young girl discovers a gateway to another world, a fantasy world with all kinds of creatures that usually only inhabit fairy tales. She goes on a quest to discover her own identity in a story filled with humour, adventure and the secrets of friendship.
Grant knows how to create a believable world where nothing is what it seems. He interrupts the straight story with visions and hallucinations so vivid the reader almost experiences them himself.
Joanna, the main character, is more than a heroine. She is the child in all of us, discovering that her small life can hold so much more, if only she dares to cross the boundaries that is her safe home. Indeed, she shows us how to see far enough, how to envision all the wonders that are waiting for us.
A new old fantasy Apr 16, 2003
A very good book with a lot of fun. It's a little slow at the start, but once things get moving, it become worth the wait. In fact, this was a book in which its ending justified its beginning. It's a fantasy story which reminds us that all fantasy stories do not have to be about Tolkien and such. Every review I see of this book likens it to Alice, Dorothy, and friends. While this book does touch on that type of fantasy, it also contains a contemporary view which gives it a flavor all its own -- a new old fantasy. Pick it up, read it. You won't soon forget it.
For Lovers of Fairy Tales Everywhere Oct 13, 2002
The line on the cover of this book says "A Fairy Tale for Grownups of All Ages" and that could hardly be a better description of this charming, highly imaginative novel. I read it almost in a single sitting and the whole time I was doing so I had this lovely feeling that I was a child again curled up in bed with one of my favorite stories - Lewis Carroll, perhaps, or George MacDonald, or even L. Frank Baum. Lovely illustrations too. Thank you, thank you, thank you, John Grant, for having magically transported me back into that wonderful world! I would recommend this book to anybody, from children to grandparents.