Ekman's central character is Skord, a magical being who is neither man nor animal. The novel begins in the Middle Ages when Skord finds himself in a forest with no memory, no past and no language. As he observes the behaviour of the human beings he meets in the forest, he begins to gradually to understand human civilisation and to learn their language. Although he can pose as one of them, however, he is also able to assume the form of animals and cause things to happen simply by willing them. Skord survives for five hundred years and lives many different lives but, despite his learning, he finds it difficult to resist the call of the forest and returns there periodically to rejoin the band of forest outlaws who live outside human society. He will live to see the nineteenth century and the age of steam, but, by then, he will have discovered that man's supposed cultivation is in fact destructive and the most important thing in life is love - his love of a forest woman.
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"Unforgettable...The Forest of Hours is an ambitious, learned and intensely imagined novel."
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Book Description Random House UK, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099751712
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Book Description Random House UK, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099751712
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