The Stone Book Quartet (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 2010
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‘These books have far more than a story to offer. The final continuity in the stories, linked as they are by repetition of words and image, of places and people, is the continuity of crafts, practised over generations and leaving their products behind them. The prose is simple, concrete and direct, as clear as notes in music and as definite.’ Sunday Times
‘The Stone Book Quartet has an artistry that is nothing short of breathtaking, a simplicity that engages everyone who can hear the voices of the characters on the page. The use of metaphor has a diamond-like quality that makes us read his text as an exciting exploration of writing. He binds the reader to him and shows us the author working with language to make his book as his characters worked with iron and stone. Not a word is wasted. The episodes in each book stand out clear against the sky and landscape of Garner's north-east Cheshire.’ TLS
About the Author
Alan Garner is one of Britain’s greatest living writers for children, the author of such classics as ELIDOR and THE OWL SERVICE. He has done much to explore the disappearing beliefs and traditions of agricultural England. In 1996 he published an acclaimed and unsettling novel for adults, STRANDLOPER (Harvill).
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Each story in the Quartet moves us nearer to the present, via the first and then the second world war, where we finally encounter a boy who is largely based on Alan Garner himself. His simple-yet-profound writing style is thrilling. He writes like a poet in love with words and the deep resonances that they conjure up. These are not myths and yet they carry the same power and weight of meaning. These are windows into a slower, less talkative, more reflective age. Knowledge was less but wisdom was more. We need the work of Alan Garner and this collection is among the very best he ever wrote. Highly recommended.
Is it all about craftsmanship? Is it about continuity through the generations? Does it have to be about anything? To me it sounds like the voice of his native land, expressing what his people are. Sometimes I felt that a glossary would have been helpful, but on reflection it would have detracted from the immersion in the lives that he describes.
This PS edition (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) includes some helpful ancillary material, including an interview with the author and suggested further reading.
This is, I think, his masterpiece.
It is magical - but there is no magic in it.
Mysterious - but nothing mysterious happens.
Haunting - but there are no ghosts.
It is life enhancing, beautifully written, thought provoking, moving, enthralling ...
If ONLY they had kept the beautiful pen and ink illustrations from the original edtions.
Considering the title of this book I was expecting much of the same. However while it starts with a possibly Neolithic encounter with a more modern age you realise by the end that the whole quartet can be read has having no fantasy elements at all. Also unlike Thursbitch it is an essentially upbeat tale. I wasn't expecting this to be my favourite Garner novel but it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alan Garner is something else. Quite literally. He seems to have access to wells that most of us do not even know are there. He draws up clear water from darkness into light.Published 15 months ago by Kerry Hardie
Brilliantly written, haunting tales which create resonances with your own (and everybody else's) family history. Well worth reading.Published on 24 July 2014 by daltee
I am a huge fan of Alan Garner. I've read his books since I turned double figures and also love his work on restoration/preservation in Cheshire. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2013 by cathysh