The Human Chord Paperback – 12 Jan 2008
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In his present novel Mr Blackwood reaches a height not previously attained; he touches on deeper problems, and is perhaps more arresting than he has ever been. -- The Guardian
The author has had, one may say, a stupendous idea, and he has carried it out with all the zeal and all the talent which is in him... It is a wonderful tale. -- Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was born into a well-to-do Kentish family. His parents, converts to a Calvinistic sect, led an austere life, ill-suited to their dreamy and sensitive son. During adolescence, he became fascinated by hypnotism and the supernatural and, on leaving university, studied Hindu philosophy and occultism. Later, he was to draw on these beliefs and experiences in his writing. Sent away to Canada at the age of twenty, his attempts at making a living were wholly unsuccessful and shortly after his return to England, he began to write. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, published in 1906, was followed by a series of psychic detective stories, featuring John Silence, 'physician extraordinary'. His reputation as one of the greatest exponents of supernatural fiction began to grow. Chiefly known for his ghost stories, Blackwood wrote in many different forms within the genre. His most personal works, however, are his 'mystical' novels, for example The Centaur, where he explores man's empathy with the forces of the universe. Blackwood also wrote children's fiction. A Prisoner in Fairyland was adapted into the play (later the musical), Starlight Express. Later in life, Blackwood turned to writing radio plays, and in 1947 he began a new career on BBC TV telling ghost stories. He received a knighthood in 1949.See all Product description
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Meeting Miriam, and Mrs. Mawle, Spinrobin has encountered everyone he'll be working with in the desolate confines of the home in the solitude of the forest removed from most all of society.
Falling quickly in love with Miriam, Spinrobin maintains his tasks and continues lessons with Skale who is teaching him proper pronunciation of Hebrew. The idea being that to be able to pronounce, correctly, something or somebody's `Big Name' will put oneself in a position of taking over that beings power (common in Egyptian myth - it's how Isis took Ra's power after tricking him into it).
Coming time for the ultimate pronunciation, the tetragrammation of God's name (4 people, 4 chord qualities, 4 syllables) Spinrobin is torn in two directions: 1. Honor and responsibility to Skale, through whom he was taught much and as a person, greatly respected and 2. Love for Miriam. A woman he adored and who fulfilled his desire in that `the great adventure he sought was only the supreme adventure of a very wonderful love.' Designed to show the struggle between being in want of the Gods powers and being in possession of great love, with philosophical ideas that the latter is the celebration of the prior. To love is to be God-like.
`Rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul' - Plato.
`it is a calculation which the soul makes in secret.' (of Music) - Neitzche.
`Love is a mighty humanizer and holds down the nose upon the grindstone of... practical values of human existence.' - Blackwood.
`I am as a God now. You have made me so! You love me!' - Blackwood (Miriam to Spinrobin).
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