- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (9 May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840225025
- ISBN-13: 978-1840225020
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.7 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Side of Nature (Wordsworth Myth, Legend & Folklore) Paperback – 9 May 2000
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Crowe's systematic arrangement of data is very convincing though her discussion of it is influenced by her 19th century outlook, which sits askew to our own views.
Some incidental insights from the book include that houses fell down rather frequently in the 19th century. Good on us for getting better building codes! Several spirits warned of an impending collapse of a house or ceiling!
Also there was a more complex understanding of the spiritual side of people, with a distinction made between spirit and soul. That distinction doesn't really detract from my appreciation of the book: it's just an interesting sidelight.
Crowe's main argument is that people should not just sweep data (e.g. sightings of spirits) under the mat because such ideas are frightening or difficult to explain. You get a real insight into human nature from the number of people who she reports as saying that they saw a ghost or spirit but still persisted in not believing what they had seen, or put the sighting down to an overanxious personality when the seer did not have such a personality. It's interesting how we screen out data that doesn't fit into our view of the world.
I really recommend this little treasure of a book.
Crowe was a well educated woman with a rational mind, but she isn't dry or boring. I love how she constantly interjects reported ghostly happenings into her meditations on the subject. If you were to flip through my copy you'd find it heavily underlined. There are so many interesting aspects to this book. I had no idea for instance that the word psychology was in use this early. I'd always assumed Freud invented it. This book made me think about things that have nothing to do with ghosts (like German law/prisons), but at the same time she's managed to share stories that shimmer in the back of the mind like ghosts. This is one of the best aspect of this book; it makes you think. It makes you wonder about things you've never wondered before through the telling of numerous little stories.
While this book is filled with fascinating and chilling anecdotes of ghostly events, hauntings and other paranormal phenomena. Crowe points out that the purpose of this book is far more then just mere amusement. The author engages the attention of the readers of this instructive digest because she points out that the opinions she advocates if seriously entertained would be indeed highly beneficial. This is as true of 160 years ago as it is today. As with today, the elites in control of thought i.e the educated classes, dismiss supernatural and psychical phenomena not due to a fair philosophical examination of the facts, which have induced the popular belief of all ages and countries. This dismissal is grounded in materials today as it may have once been grounded in the dogma of the Church, and can be found by unbiased studies to be nothing better than unreasoning and unreasonable prejudice.
Crowe makes the point that the cases of supernatural haunting, psychic phenomena , ghosts etc are simply too numerous and too wheel known in all ages to be set aside so easily. and if this was written in 1848 , how much more so today -164 years after this book was written-when so many more cases have been recorded.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Somewhat repetitive and the retelling of so many similar stories gets a little wearing after a while.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Superb reference, many case studies, very well researched especially as the events were close to her time frame, as apposed to now being over a hundred or so years past. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James Bowman