Item description for The Willows and Beyond by William Horwood, Horwood & Patrick Benson...
Overview In a third sequel to "The Wind in the Willows," Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger reminisce about their past escapades and prepare to turn over the River Bank to the next generation
Publishers Description William Horwood is the author of the acclaimed Duncton trilogies. Patrick Benson studied at the Chelsea Art School and St. Martin's School of Art. Both live in England.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Willows and Beyond by William Horwood, Horwood & Patrick Benson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 136
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Studio: St. Martin's Griffin
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.27" Width: 6.11" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Oct 21, 1999
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN 0312244975 ISBN13 9780312244972
Availability 0 units.
More About William Horwood, Horwood & Patrick Benson
William Horwood is the author of the critically acclaimed Duncton trilogies. He lives outside of Oxford.
Patrick Benson studied at the Chelsea Art School and St. Martin's School of Art. He also lives in England.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Willows and Beyond?
His other books are much better Nov 7, 2007
I bought this book because I was so very impressed with the Willows in Winter and the way Horwood carried on in the vein of Graham, but this book - well, I read it outloud to the family and we all burst out crying in the end. There was no reason whatsoever to end what has been a lifelong fantasy for some. I have to put it on the very bottom of Horwood's work.
Charming story and illustrations Mar 27, 2007
I purchased this book for my elderly mother whose favorite book is Wind in the Willows. She is equally charmed by William Horwood's books as they continue the adventures of Mr Toad and his stalwart woodland friends. Horwood writes in a style that seamlessly complements Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. Patrick Benson's illustrations are lovely and they add details and charm to the story as it moves along. All in all, we were both very happy with The Willows and Beyond as well as the other Horwood/Benson "Willows" books. If you love Wind in the Willows, you will certainly be a fan of William Horwood's "Willows" books.
I thought it was fantastic!!! Jan 20, 2006
I've read the whole Willows series written by Mr. Horwood and I have to say each one was exceptional. This book in particular is the last book of his series, the final chapters in the lives of these wonderful creatures. Mr. Horwood has written his books in a manner that enthralls children and adults alike, and although not nearly as popular, I'd rate this series up there on the level of the Harry Potter books.
Brilliant Denouement Sep 26, 2005
Powerful conclusion to the loosely nicknamed Tales of the Willows series that began with Kenneth Grahame's original classic The Wind in the Willows and was followed up by the just as fantastic sequels by William Horwood (The Willows at Christmas, The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant and this book).
Readers should definitely pick up Horwood's earlier volumes as this is very much the conclusion to the series and is in every way a chronological follow-up to those works. Details will not be given away here (as in the poor taste shown by other reviewers) but to say that this is definitely a denouement, a conclusion and finale... though one filled with plenty of hope and future promise.
In many ways, The Willows and Beyond is similar to the final chapters of The Lord of the Rings, and is equally mournful and sad, at times achingly so. Yet contrary to other, more fragile reviewers, however, it is not without merit and expertly handled. It is in fact the perfect conclusion. Everything in this book is grounded firmly in what Kenneth Grahame himself established in his original. The River Bank is NOT Oz. Its residents are not the tired, immortal creatures of Disney or Marvel or DC, and that is a good thing! Concluding the series (especially with such dignity as Horwood gives it here) lends a strength and vitality to the story and characters that prevents it from being cheapened by endless marketing and cash-ins.
Grahame's original is nostalgic and sentimental, but not devoid of realism; within the natural world the oftentimes cruel scepter of grief strikes a blow. And as lovable as his characters are and as often as they're spared that blow, even they cannot escape the the tragic Inevitable. The Willows and Beyond, however, contains much joy and hope, and borrows from Grahame in allowing the River Bank inhabitants to glimpse on the spiritual realm, embodied here in the Beyond, and THAT is the essence of what this story is about. This is a classic in every sense of the word and one I believe Grahame would have loved. For further adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger, read Horwood's prior volumes and watch the wonderfully produced Wind in the Willows series (now on DVD) which details the characters' early years following The Wind in the Willows. But when you're ready, don't miss the finale, this masterpiece which belongs on the shelf of every Willows fan.
Good Book Dec 12, 2002
This book is good, but not great. The first two books are excellent after that it gets kind of old. If you are a fan of the series, you can handle it.