Ses is sense of self in the infinite My experiences in London and Venice reflect this truth In Thursbitch the valley is such a placeI mentioned that I was lost while reading this book That is not a complaint in fact I thoroughly enjoyed the confusion and space cadet glow How wonderful sometimes to be intentionally lost Impressive uite impressive but it s the kind of book I need to read twice to comment on so I ll refrain for now On the second reading I ll ave a map to and dialect dictionary author s lectures notes on symbolism whatever necessary I feel Like This Book Would Reward Digging Into It I Was this book would reward digging into it I was unsure about this book when I first started reading it this can partly be blamed on the fact that I am a lazy monkey who bothered to read neither the blurb on the of the book or on the back of the book or in the 1001 books to read before you die list which explains why it is on said list in the first place Initially the unexpected batting back and forward time echoes narrative was difficult to get my eyes around owever once I d reconciled myself to the two very different styles of narrative I found this book to be absolutely brilliant Ironically it was the local Derbyshire dialect narrative that I started off liking the least but this was the one I came to enjoy the most as the story progressedThis is a story of two seperate events taking place in the same landscape but the sheer power of the land blurs the boundaries between the past and the present and effectively forms a bridge that only two of the characters are certain they are experiencing The descriptions of the landscape are fantastic and the powerful descriptions of the land as perceived by people who know it so well that every Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, hollow way nook gully stream and browave their own names and represent elements of old times old gods and older beliefs make the story very compelling The spiritual and physical connection to the land is something that we ave lost today We can no longer read or understand our landscape in the same way we move through it but we do not feel it or listen to what the land is telling us This book is a stark reminder of pagan gods and old ways and I loved it This is one of those novels that as the potential to polarise readers I discovered Alan Garner last year when I read Red Shift and was in awe of is ability to tell a story Thursbitch also reuires patience and perseverance but the rewards are satisfyingThursbitch is a place that as meaning where the past and present can converge and at times overlap The life of John Turner in 1755 and Sal and Ian s journey in the present time weave together It s a difficult story to describe and I suspect that some readers with be put off by the dialect used and by the abrupt style and deliveryThe kindle version comes in at less than two A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, hundred pages but it s certainly a dense and thought provoking read I feltWell worth the effort IMO time and money well spent This is a strange difficult book The language reminds me of the poetry of Geoffrey Hill archaic massively learned taut with power but sometimes it s like chewing stones The story is evenarder set in the sentient landscape of an actual desolate valley in the north of England Garner s prose is Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) haunted and disturbed Two times and tales interweave with uncanny effect the story of a 18th century jagger a peddler who perishes on a snowy night in the first few pages and a uerulous 21st century scientist dying from a degenerative diseaseIf this is genre writing it s a genre specific to Britain I thought of the great novels of John Cowper Powys especially Wolf Solent of Susan Cooper s The Dark is Rising uintet and of the supernatural thrillers of Charles Williams books in which the primordial energies of ancient Britain erupt into contemporary consciousness It s a force Garner takes uite seriously and for anyone attempting this novelis lecture The Valley of the Demon is essential reading You can t The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler help but be impressed byis impressions I just wish I d liked it The book gave me a Papyrus and Tablet headache It will be a relief to return to Ulysses Mythic and extraordinary in every way This is a book for those who love language and who are looking to better understand the ways in which events inhere within landscape A fascinating and gripping tale as well showingow time becomes something far flexible than we ever imagined Some actions once lived live on forever A somewhat stunning read that makes me wonder if a book can be simultaneously lean and dense The themes are reminiscent of Algernon Blackwoo. D affects their relationship in the 21st challenging the perceptions they ave of themselves and of each other A visionary fable firmly rooted in a verifiable place this novel is an evocation of the lives and the language of all people who are called to the valley of Thursbitc. ,
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"To See How It Can "see ow it can done Early Monday morning late on Saturday night I saw ten thousand mile away a ouse just out of sightThe floor was on the ceiling ten thousand mile away a ouse just out of sightThe floor was on the ceiling front was at the back It stood alone between two And the walls were whitewashed black From Thursbitch To be Men honest I was completely lost while reading Thursbitch The novel is an enigmatic riddle and the language is intentionally dense and confusing The valley of Thursbitch in Northern England seems to be a mystical place in which the characters of the novel also lose themselvesAt leastalf the novel follows the story of Jack Turner a jagger salt vendor in the late 1700s He leads a cult like religious ceremony that involves Isotopic Carbon hallucinations that may or may not be due tois mushrooms I think Jack invokes a mystical bull from the The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) heavens that inhabitsis body during the ceremony and the men and women attending the ceremony tear at Step Out of Your Story his body nearly killingim Jack recovers by drinking The Eyes of the Dead his own urine I think Besides the ceremony Jack does inexplicable things like carrying a carved stoneead from a cave in the valley to Rules for a Lady hisome consider the following passage for a glimpse into the language and mystery Jack carrying and speaking to the stone Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles head Now then old Crom Howast tha been this journey Did the light ABC hurt thine een Never fret It s done while next time We shall burn bonny fires for thee And Jenkin shallold stars right runningEh dear We must look a pair you and me But did you see at all your land and did we mind us ways I ll take you down and put you in your bed as soon as stones Odd Man In have done supping at the brook We don t want to be trod on by them great lummoxes Hush now p 74 Later Jack becomes a fire and brimstone Christian pastor preaching to the people of the valley of Thursbitch I think He dies frozen to death next to a single female footprintLike I said I was lost while reading the bookSometimes it s fun to be lost though I lived in London England for a year when I was in my early twenties I would often get intentionally lost in the city and attempt to find my wayome The streets of London seem like someone Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale had a perfect grid and then took an egg scrambler to it and added a couple cans of alphabet soup They don t sell maps of the city rather theyave A Z pronounced A to Zed books with page after page of maps referencing the names of the streets in the index After a night out or on a slow afternoon I would take the tube or a bus to a far away part of the city I Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children had never visited and wander my way to familiarity I guess I felt like Iad something to proveMeanwhile in Thursbitch in modern times a woman Sal short for Sally finds Carlyle Marney her only solace in the valley of Thursbitch She is dying of a degenerative disease that causeser to lose Shameful her memories she is becoming lost in time The valley is the only placeer memories seem to stick She also seems to ave some preternatural connection to Jack from the 1700 s Thursbitch valley I thinkThe valley of Thursbitch plays a large a part in the novel in fact it is even important than the charactersI understand ow important landscapes can be to a story I once visited Venice Italy with my family again in my twenties One day an incredibly thick fog rolled in over the city from the Adriatic Sea While my family stayed in the otel wishing for a sunnier day I went exploring Most tourists who visit Venice never stray far from the Rialto or the Piazza San Marco I intentionally got lost in the depths of the narrow meandering pathways The memory of that walk is vivid as I could barely see than a few feet ahead of me for the fog every few steps brought something new Ancient buildings on both sides suddenly gave way to modern apartments I reached many a dead end either blocked by a building or one of the ubiuitous canals Lushly carved bridges sprung up abruptly one led into a grove of olive trees I passed fishermen in their noisy boats coming and going on the larger canals and on smaller ones gondolas would slip past silently into the mist I turned one corner and found myself walking behind a beautiful Italian lady She glanced behind er then slightly uickened Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, her pace while I self consciously slowed my pace so as not to seem like a stalker She disappeared into the fog long before the sound ofer Gold Rush heels clicking against the stone walkway faded away All the while the water lapped gently against the stones of the tiny islands buildings and passagewaysThere are places in this world in which the individual lo. S ancient and static community He brings ideas as well as gifts thatave come by many short journeys from market town to market town and from places as distant as the campfires of the Silk Road John Turner's death in the 18th century leaves an emotional charge Ian and Sal fin.