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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but rewarding - a modern classic, 18 April 2011
This review is from: The Owl Service (Paperback)
I am a great admirer of Alan Garner's work, and share his fascination with certain themes - an almost obsessive sense of place, in which locations and geography assume lives of their own; a feeling of the past threatening to overwhelm the present; the 'Stone Tape' theory; English rural folklore. The Owl Service is at once tragic, beautiful, difficult, touching and brutal, and I can't help wondering if, were a children's writer to attempt to publish a book like this today, any publisher would have the guts to take it on. These days, we seem scared to challenge children with books like this - books that are exquisitely written, uncompromising and ambiguous. Thank god for the 60s...
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2012 01:36:46 GMT
Prester John says:
I agree. Garner 'made' the 60s, and, apart from him, for visionary fiction it's been downhiil since.

Posted on 1 Sep 2012 09:50:07 BDT
Heddwas /|\ says:
*cough* _Welsh_ rural folklore, too, surely? ;-)
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