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The Blessing of Pan [Paperback]

Lord Dunsany
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1 Sep 2003
"The Blessing of Pan portrays English rural life under a sign of paganism, after the fashion of writers like T.F. Powys." -- The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809530759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809530755
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Panic 2 July 2010
This novel has been panned by some Dunsany critics, who bemoan its lack of characterisation and the lengthy descriptions of the Kent countryside. Personally I find these to be strengths rather than weaknesses and feel that "The Blessing Of Pan" deserves to be ranked along side Machen's "The White People" as one of the great pieces of occult prose-poetry.

On the other hand this edition is poorly presented and not something to make the heart of a bibliophile flutter. I can understand that money was scarce but even so the fonts, nasty high gloss binding and absence of a dustcover make this something of a let down.

But don't let that get in the way of your enjoyment of this wonderful piece of Dunsaniana.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blessing of pan. 30 Dec 2013
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The book was in quite good condition, considering that it was second-hand, but a little more worn and crumpled than I was led to believe from the seller's description of it.
The book arrived very quickly; well within the expected delivery date.
'The Blessing of Pan' is quite a difficult book to get hold of, so I was very pleased to get a copy in such good condition for such a reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Foreboding of Paganism in Christian England 1 Nov 2005
By Matthew Schwarz - Published on Amazon.com
Lord Dunsany was one of a handful of early (pre-Tolkien) fantasy authors (George MacDonald and William Morris are two other important ones), whose poetic, evocative writing sets him apart. In "The Blessing of Pan" Dunsany tells of a village clergyman's struggle with an insidious encroachment of Paganism. It reads more like a Victorian novel (Dickens or Charlotte Bronte) than a horror novel - it's very homey, but with a sense if foreboding. It kind of reminded me of the movie The Wicker Man, in the way the Christian protagonist was faced with the (to him) unthinkable appearance of paganism in his comfortable Christian world. An excellent and well-executed book, but don't expect wild action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance to Pan's music 19 July 2010
By Tania Poole - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was everything I wanted it to be. An English village returns to the more natural world of Pan worship, including the Vicar, whose point of view the story follows. He worries about the 'piping' music that had begun to play over the valley, but no one else seems to care, or properly notice what the problem is. He goes to visit his Bishop but they think he just needs a holiday. He ends up meeting a nomadic hermit who appears to understand what he is on about - and the vicar finds himself relying on someone he never thought he would. Nothing works as he plans, but the village enters a world of their own, something deep and enticing - not unlike the chapter in Wind in the Willows - 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' - Dunsany describes the twilight, landscape and traditions of the quiet village in beautiful alluring narration. As a pagan, I highly approve of this behaviour the village encounters...
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4.0 out of 5 stars a touch of the Pagan 27 Jun 2007
By Borris Baggins - Published on Amazon.com
I love Dunsany's work and I was looking for this book for a long time. I was delighted to get it & taste another good novel with that poetic, wistfull Dunsany flavour. it is a real shame that it isn't more popular. Unlike his more well known works; The King of Elfland's Daughter, The Book of Wonder etc, the action takes place pretty much within the world we know with just a seasoning of the fabulous. It's a gentle and enjoyable book, a rural pastoral fantasy. You may guess the outcome but you're likely to crack a smile on the way there. Maybe you should read those other books first but once you get the Dunsany taste you'll be happy to find this lesser known but characteristic work.
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