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Lens of the World

(1990)
(The first book in the Lens of the World series)
A novel by

 
 
In the absorbing, realistic world depicted in this first volume of a projected series, MacAvoy ( The Book of Kells ) introduces Nazhuret who, looking back from middle age, tells of the adventures of his youth. Half-student, half-servant in the military Royal School of Sordaling, where he appears short and ugly to his tall Velonyan companions, Nazhuret is forced out at age 20. He is taken on by Powl--a mysterious individual learned in arts such as astronomy, war and languages--who teaches Nazhuret, above all, to control his body and mind. After several years, Nazhuret begins to find his own way, traveling around Velonya as an itinerant optician and befriending a wolf. Going south, he works as a bouncer in a tavern, where he discovers his mixed heritage: he is part Rezhmian, of a neighboring country often at war with Velonya. When he discovers a plot to kill King Raduf, Nazhuret's training, both of body and mind, is sorely tested. MacAvoy's complex realm is full of confusion and ambiguity, in which, as Powl says, "You, Nazhuret . . . are the lens of the world: the lens through which the world may become aware of itself. The world, on the the other hand, is the only lens in which you can see yourself."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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September 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lens of the World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 0-7472-0413-6 / 978-0-7472-0413-8 (UK edition)
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June 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lens of the World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 0-688-09484-8 / 978-0-688-09484-3 (USA edition)
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September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lens of the World (Lens of the World Trilogy) (Volume 1)
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 1-4976-4227-2 / 978-1-4976-4227-0 (USA edition)
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March 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Lens of The World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 0-7434-8698-6 / 978-0-7434-8698-9 (USA edition)
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December 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lens of the World (Lens of the World Trilogy, Book 1)
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 1-58586-994-5 / 978-1-58586-994-7 (USA edition)
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September 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: Lens of the World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 0-7472-7953-5 / 978-0-7472-7953-2 (UK edition)
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June 1991 : Paperback

Title: Lens of the World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 9995377519 / 978-9995377519
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May 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lens of the World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 0-380-71016-1 / 978-0-380-71016-4 (USA edition)
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July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Lens of the World
Author(s): R A MacAvoy
ISBN: 1-5226-8529-4 / 978-1-5226-8529-6
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October 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lens of the World: Lens of the World, Book 1
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October 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lens of the World: Lens of the World, Book 1
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October 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lens of the World (Lens of the World Trilogy)
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