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Usness Finally he returns home but remains attuned to the spirit world and finds its presence in Cheshire where he continues his rituals dreams and dancesThe closest writer I know to Garner is Ted Hughes This is crow poetry become a novel A short novel very loosely based on the experiences of William Buckley a British man transported to Australia who lived among the Aborigines there It s an impressive piece of literature but the ways in which Garner s among the Aborigines there It s an impressive piece of literature but the ways in which Garner s differs from the historical events is very illuminating of Garner s concernsOne of the main themes of the book is drawing a parallel between the primitive rituals and beliefs of the Aborigines and those of rural Britain this is done masterfully It s the sort of goal that described briefly sounds doubtful but Garner describes individuals whose ignorance from a modern perspective is shocking but does so in a way that gives a sense of a deep and abiding respect for human dignity This theme of rural ignorance tempered with an ancient dignity is also found in Garner s novel ThursbitchDoes it reflect reality That s another estion Garner is deeply interested in linguistics and the power of language In his tale Buckley s crime is accepting lessons in reading and writing from a local aristocrat s son In truth he was accused of reading and writing from a local aristocrat s son In truth he was accused of stolen goods and was illiterate throughout his long lifeGarner is also a folklorist specializing in the traditions of the British Isles The English village that he describes is suffused with pagan rituals coexisting with Christianity The rhymes and language of these traditions as well as the dialect of the villagers is vivid the reader can practically hear the songs and the speech of the people This depiction s convincingness depends on showing a remote isolated population Buckley is described as never having been 10 miles from the place of his birth History records that on the contrary he d been in the army fought in the Netherlands and was arrested in LondonThis is not to say that I appreciate any less a story which is in large part about the magic of words But Garner s wise fools are in a way as mythical as the folkloric legends he studies The bittersweet romance of the story with Buckley being sustained by the token his sweetheart gave him and his dream of returning home to token his sweetheart gave him and his dream of returning home to true love is heartbreakingly effective The truth of course is that Buckley never returned to England nor was he ever so naive as to think that he would walk home through China But it makes a good tale and rings true in the way that folk tales can often be true than history This may be the most baffling novel I ve ever read I don t know how to describe it much less critiue it I can certainly say that it is a singular reading experience and for that I am greatly appreciative It is a book that reuires at least. Ansported to Australia in 1801 He escaped and lived as an Aborigine for thirty one years In this visionary novel Alan Garner is true to.

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Apart from reading some of Garner s books to classes of kids many decades ago have not looked since Chance put it in my hand Wonderful at every level You have to be engaged and hear the text Hear the words The Dialect The Music The Animality And dialect the music the animality and of a myriad nature You have to be alert to to hear an intense authorial voice that pulls together in what is a very short book vast sweeps of history and space You need to go down in the convicts arters follow the sea imagery the rivers and streams the bushland and plains verdancies and aridities fire and growth Paganism and Christianity time loaded and timelessness the routine otidian of human injustice and fun in causing pain love togetherness aloneness It s a palimpsest You have to try to match the author and be aware of it at every level I don t know that I m impartial I m a couple of years or so younger than Garner not a classicist and I just remember him at school Old Mancunians will know what I mean I also saw him play Antony with Dudley Moore as Enobarbus Alderley Edge I Don T Know All Th t know all th a book a short shamanic epic that is tterly without pretension Garner s novels are almost all about one place that is tterly without pretension Garner s novels are almost all about one place part of Cheshire and their scope comes from his exploration of what he calls in Boneland Deep Place a sense that the past is present and that ancestors who once lived there are linked spiritually with those who live there now Strandloper finds a way to journey away from Cheshire through the story of William Buckley seemingly a real person who lived in Cheshire at the end of the Eighteenth Century was transported to Australia escaped and lived with the native Australians becoming a holy man Eventually as white colonisation spreads across the continent he returns home It s a simple enough story and it s a short book but Garner s writing is 1898 uniue and his approach isnlike what you find in all but a few historical novels He has always been a master of brevity of terse Anglo Saxon diction and sometimes of dialect Here that style lends itself to an impressionistic evocation of Buckley and his world that takes you not just into another time but into another kind of consciousness He enters an alternative way of being by evoking a way of speaking and by extension a way of thinking that comes from the past Even as a Cheshire man Buckley has a asi shamanic sense of his environment and the forces at work around him Following his arrest the transportation ship is a jumble of speech registers and dialects the journey we sense isn t just taking him to another continent The fulfilment comes when he is adopted by the aboriginal people who recognise him as a Dreamer someone capable of mastering the spirit world which is at the heart of their experience All this is conveyed in the symbolic language of shamanic conscio. I sing the eagleBone of the Cloud The Clashing RockThe Hard DarknessIt hangs above the grave moundI sing dreamingWilliam Buckley was tr. ,
العرفان الاسلامي بين نظريات البشر وبصائر الوحي
On the first reading the surrender of one s faculties especially one s critical faculties Not that it wouldn t be interesting to criticize but it would get in the way of the experience This novel reuires what Keats called negative capability My one Goodreads friend who has reviewed the book Abailart says one must remain alert to the book s alities That s a good way of putting it Alert and accepting letting oneself go with the flow wherever the author takes youI can t say I enjoyed reading the novel but it is a special valuable experience with many rewards especially in its rhythms and language from Cheshire dialect to Aboriginal spiritual language You don T So Much Read Strandloper As Immerse so much read Strandloper as immerse in it and let it push and pull you about It s familiar Garner right enough with added metaphysical transcendency or a bit bonkers if you prefer It s not a book you ll forget in a hurry I very much enjoyed Strandloper Other readers might have trouble with the dialects in this novel I was able to decipher them without much difficulty but the author gives no explanations or assistance to readers Garner s radical divergence from history might disturb those who prefer their historical fiction to be closer to verifiable facts When historical figures are fictionalized it s delightful when the result speaks to me on a perso Strandloper is a masterwork from one of the English language s most important writers After reading this one readers are advised to go on to Thursbitch and the allegedly for young readers Owl Service Stone Book artet and Red Shift Garner is far significant than our literati have yet realized This books showcases Garner s fascination with language with the incomprehensible with the direct experience of mythology it is very dreamy in of mythology It is very dreamy in very difficult to pick reality from fantasydreamdelirium It was fascinating reading but I m not sure I enjoyed it I was spurred to read this by The Voice That Thunders Garner put his heart and soul into this novel It draws on his eternal themes of loops of time myth identity spirituality but it s much harder work for the reader than his nominally children s books There s no hand holding by the author you are left to figure out for yourself what the Aborigines are doingIt s not a long book but I got a bit bogged down on the Aboriginal section which started to feel too worthy and Noble Savage like But it was redeemed by the final section when William returns home and blends his two worlds The real William Buckley didn t do this but it makes perfect sense in the novel Perhaps the ending is too neat but it s beautifully and poignantly executed Hesitating between three and four stars I ended p with four but three and a half would be accurate It reminded me a little bit of Riddley Walker except it s not nearly as good. William the Cheshire bricklayer and William the Aboriginal spiritual leader as William is true to his fate The result is extraordinary. ,