Sunday, May 20, 2007

The High King

...has passed, much to my dismay. Lloyd Alexander, who saved my life during long car trips in my childhood, has gone on to his reward. I hated The Lord of The Rings but always had great affection for Alexander's similarly-themed sword-and-sorcery epic for children, The Chronicles of Prydain. They're the kinds of stories we return to again and again when the real world seems, as it too often does, to be too much. For a bloke who started his career as a secret agent in Paris during WWII, the man did all right for himself in peacetime.

Here's to a damned fine storyteller.

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