am 12. Juli 2000
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best loved authors ever, endeared to millions of readers. Now with the reprinting of his letters by Houghton Mifflin all those who cherish his writings are able to learn a bit more about the man who shaped Middle-Earth.
Reading this book you can't help but think what a warm and charming man he was. His letters are thoughtful, intelligent and often amusing as he converses with the publishers Allen and Unwin, his sons Michael and Christopher, C.S. Lewis, and even fans from around the world who sent him questions and observations. It's reading history and it's fascinating.
A large and rather comprehensive index is included near the end of the book with plenty of notes about each letter and the people and places contained within.
Highly recommended for anyone wanting a deeper glimpse into the thoughts of a brilliant man.
am 31. Mai 2000
Certainly these letters provide a fascinating peek into roots and motivations behind the history of the Middle-Earth saga. This alone makes it worthy of Tolkien fans. However, the letters go beyond this...they give us a glimpse into the mind and life of an interesting and intelligent man. His wise musings, passion for truth and goodness, and his pure love for his family shine forth in both emotionally moving and cleverly comical language. Mr. Carpenter seems to have done a great job providing only relevant and interesting portions of J.R.R. Tolkien's letters. I recommend it for C.S. Lewis fans, as well.
am 6. Juni 2000
This book is certainly a must for any Tolkien fan. Many of the letters included here were written to fans of his works (though that includes people close to Tolkien, such as family members) and include details about Tolkien's ideas about middle-earth which aren't to be found elsewhere.
The original edition of this book came with a very poor index, which was unfortunate for a book crammed with references to events and people in Tolkien's created world. This new paperback edition includes a very thorough and complete index, prepared by W. Hammond and C. Scull, who have edited some other nice recent Tolkien books, including "JRR Tolkien Artist and Illustrator" and "Roverandom".