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Boneland: Alan Garner [Aug. 29th, 2012|07:40 pm]
Tony Grist
Boneland arrives 50 years after The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Colin- a child in the earlier book and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath- is now an elderly astrophysicist with mental problems. The dipytych has become a triptych, but the third book is not so much a continuation of the story as a rethinking of it, a deepening and a resolution. Boneland may be the easiest thing Garner has written for years but it's still an example of his late style- gnomic, poetic, uncompromising- with a structure recalling the structure of Thursbitch, his trickiest book. Miss a word and you may miss a whole level of meaning. Echoes of Garner's earlier fictions abound. Here are the maddening "blue-silvers" of Red Shift, the rural locutions of The Stone Book Quartet, the starcraft of Thursbitch, the shamanism of Strandloper. Think of it as a capstone. The crowning of a lifetime's work. Everything Garner has written is affected by its revelations- and the first two books most of all. Who is the Morrigan? Who is Cadellin? Once Garner was guessing- groping about in the dark. Now he knows.  As the old Russian proverb has it, "What were the fairy tales, they will come true".

From: (Anonymous)
2012-08-29 10:38 pm (UTC)


I doubt it. It requires involvement and an inherited European background, from which the USA has cut itself off. Most modern Americans come from a rich folkloric and mythic background, but, through history, they have cut themselves adrift. Disney, by coyness and triviality, demonstrates their fear. Alan Garner faces the fear, and delivers us from it, by making us face it too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-30 09:01 am (UTC)


I agree about Disney. I have hated him for years.
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