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The Incomer (The Women's Press Science Fiction) [Paperback]

Margaret Elphinstone
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; 1st Paperback Printing edition (1 Jun 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704340704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704340701
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are the land. The elements that created the land live in our bodies. We are born, we bring to birth, and we die, and the land takes us. There is no difference. What is done to us is also done to the land, and what is done to the land is the thing which is done to us. There is nothing else.' Naomi, the enigmatic fiddler, arrives in Clachanpluck, bringing her music and the ominous potential of an incomer. Her unexpected arrival enriches this remote forest village even as she disrupts it. This is a story of an all-consuming love of the land; the power of friendship; the seasonal round of creation and death; and the physical thrill of storm and rhythm, fire and candlelight. The impending sense of catastrophe - global and personal - which haunts this world, finally erupts in violence: trust and love are the casualties. The Incomer follows in the tradition of the ballads: fantasy gilds the mundane and the ordinary is made extraordinary. 'A beautifully imagined society with its holistic pantheism and imbued with the sense of the power of music.' The Scotsman 'An immensely satisfying book to read because of its rich symbolism and allegorical qualities.In reading a book such as this with the female re-instated, we realise how much of woman and her psyche has been expunged from Western literature.' Cencrastus

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5.0 out of 5 stars Change the World - Read this Book 8 April 2006
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This book has hanted me for 15 years. It's insane that it's out of print. An amazing fable about ecology, violence and community, told in lyrical language to an unsettling conclusion, this is the kind of book that the world needs more of. It's not categorisable by genre, although it has elements of fantasy, allegory, magic realism, and poetry. If you read Kate Thompson's The New Policeman, you'll find echoes here, not least in the wonderful descriptions of fiddle music.
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