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More than a visionary fable...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Thursbitch (Hardcover)
I don't have the words to describe Thursbitch, the book. Hauntingly beautiful, sad and uplifting, enthralling and terrible: these only hint at the magic that Alan Garner has pursued for half a century, and which he now shares with us.
The dust jacket describes Thursbitch as a "visionary fable rooted in a verifiable place". It doesn't mention Alan Garner's fanatical depth of research; his ability to awaken atmosphere from the earth and stones under our feet; the uncannily bare descriptions of people and place, leaving everything but nothing to the reader's imagination; or the sheer honesty which pervades every page.
Thursbitch is Alan Garner's solution to a conundrum, an ancient puzzle, but it is so much more than an historical novel. It is built from the humanity of the Stone Book quartet; it resolves the questions left by Red Shift; draws more mythic power from the land than the Owl Service; and resonates with the poetry which concluded the Moon of Gomrath. Strandloper, an incredible achievement, stands now as a waymarker: Thursbitch is the heart.
Read it, quietly and alone, and be humbled.