eBook Thursbitch download

by Alan Garner

eBook Thursbitch download ISBN: 1843430878
Author: Alan Garner
Publisher: Random House UK (October 2, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 176
ePub: 1214 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

In Alan Garner's Thursbitch, M John Harrison finds a process that salves modern ills. The first line of Alan Garner's new novel stands on its own, on a page ahead of the main text.

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Some 60 years ago while running near the valley of Thursbitch in Cheshire, the author, Alan Garner, stumbled across a memorial stone with an enigmatic inscription: Here john tur ner was cast away in a heavy snow storm in the night in or about the year 1755. And on the obverse side

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Alan Garner Alan Garner was born in Congleton, Cheshire, in 1934

His books for children capture, possibly more than any others, the beauty and magic of British folklore Читать весь отзыв. Alan Garner was born in Congleton, Cheshire, in 1934. His began writing his first novel at the age of 22 and is renowned as one of Britain's outstanding writers for young adults. He has won many prizes for his writing, and, in 2001 he was awarded the OBE for services to literature.

Here John Turner was cast away in a heavy snow storm in the night in or about the year 1755.

For Tatiana Dobronitskaya. His books include The Owl Service (which won the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal), Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, recognised by the Phoenix Award of America. Here john turner was cast away in a heavy snow storm in the night in or about the year 1755. The print of a woman’s shoe was found by his side in the snow where he lay dead.

I kind of muddled through it, and ended up thoroughly enjoying it - very atmospheric and I imagine very Alan Garnery (having only read The Owl Service). Find similar books Profile. O bonny Bull, as lives on hill tops.

Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780099459361. Release Date:January 2004.

Thursbitch is a novel by English writer Alan Garner, named after the valley in the Pennines of England where the action occurs (also listed in the 1841 OS map as "Thursbatch"). It was published in 2003. Set both in the 18th century and the present day, the novel centres on the mystery of an inscription on an extant engraved wayside stone tablet about a death from exposure. The book features shamanic use of the fly agaric mushroom and a piece of Derbyshire Blue John as plot elements.



John Turner was a packman. With his train of horses he carried salt and silk across distances incomprehensible to his ancient and static community. He brings ideas as well as gifts that have come, by many short journeys, from market town to market town, and from places as distant as the campfires of the Silk Road. John Turner's death in the 18th century leaves an emotional charge Ian and Sal find affects their relationship in the 21st, challenging the perceptions they have of themselves and of each other. A visionary fable firmly rooted in a verifiable place, this novel is an evocation of the lives and the language of all people who are called to the valley of Thursbitch.

Comments: (7)
OK, Alan Garner is a law unto himself - not easy to relate to any specific tradition or genre. But while everyone praises his amazing craftsmanship as a writer of superbly elliptical prose, and marvels at the vivid invocation of far times and places, I sometimes wonder why he is never seen in the tradition of British writers of the supernatural?

For when you come down to it, almost all his books rely deeply on faults in time and/or space: we have the walking stones, the mystical communion across oceans (Strandloper), the phantasmal reappearance of figures across time...But in what line of descent could we put him? The strong sensitivity to place, most clearly expressed in "Thursbitch" with Sally's term "sentient landscape" might link him to Algernon Blackwood: but Blackwood's indulgent, discursive style is almost the opposite of Garner's. M.R.James comes closer, but James is more explicitly devoted to raising the hackles on your spine, while Garner lets it sneak up on you unexpectedly as you realize what just happened.

Anyway, be that as it may - what about Thursbitch? What is it "about?"

It's a story of interlinked lives. One is that of Jack, the "jagger". the roving man in 1736 who is more than a salt-carrier: in the ancient rural society of north-west England he is what can only be described as a shaman, a figure of power. It is a world still full of pagan belief, where the Bull, the stars, bees, and honey are all linked... echoes of "out of the strong came forth sweetness," and of the shaman becoming the totem animal: there are the hallucinatory fungi (known to the people as "corbel bread"). There are sacred places, there are the standing stones that mark the way along the ridge tops but do much more...Jack sees the indentations in the ground where they left their places to drink at the stream, his horses shy at one when it looms up out of the driving snow.

The other lives are of the present day: Sally, a woman who knows all there is to know about geology and the history of the land over millennia, but who is the victim of a rapidly crippling disease: and her companion, the saintly Ian, who seems to be both priest and doctor - he went to a seminary but took the "hippocritic" oath. As they walk the Cheshire hillsides - in Sally's case with much difficulty - they come increasingly under the spell of the historic landscape, and the veil of time parts so that they see Jagger and his packtrain and are under the slope when they hear his awful cry as his wife Nan Sarah dies in childbirth. Likewise, Jack sees two people up on the ridge...and later passes Ian when Ian is walking away from a tragic moment.

Jack goes astray and becomes a ranting preacher of doom - one can't help comparing his sermon on the terrors of Hell with James Joyce's, both real tours de force - but is rescued back to "himself" by the sting of a bee. The bee is a sacramental creature that is featured many times, singly, or in a swarm, or as a star cluster.

So much depth - and I haven't mentioned the sacred spring, or the snakes, or the tradition of drinking the shaman's "piddlejuice" that has traces of the hallucinogenics in it, or the farmpeople's songs with Greek choruses... Yes, you will have to read it. Oh, by the way, there are dozens of words you won't know, unless you are a really deep student of English folklore and country ways....some can be found readily, others you guess from context. Please don't let that hold you back. They add so much to the richness and immediacy of the setting.

A totally amazing work.
One of the most inspiring books I've read in years - and one of the only novels I've ever read in which the land is fully developed as a character and actor advancing the story. So beautiful it makes the heart ache.
I've lent this book out continually since I bought it and suggested it to others. It's profound and gorgeous.
An undeniably British novel, complete with thick dialects that are, at times, indecipherable, Alan Garner's "Thursbitch" is a short burst of writing that evokes a sense of magic and mystery. Taking place in both the eighteenth century and the twenty-first century, with the line between the two sometimes blurred, the book focuses on an English valley named Thursbitch, a harsh environment that demands respect yet compels a sense of awe. The story intertwines the actions of John Turner, a psychedelic mushroom eating pagan who enjoys fantastic visions and brings his thoughts of the afterlife to the villages through which he travels, with that of a geologist named Sal, an aging woman stricken with a disease that is slowly bringing her life to an end. As their stories unfold in the valley of Thursbitch, their actions inexplicably influence each other, as the rules of time and space seem to disappear, allowing mysterious events to occur.
Alan Garner's writing is minimalist yet packed with meaning. The book is a breezy 160 pages long, heavy on dialogue, with nary a wasted word. Simplistic on the surface, the book exudes a significance that almost demands a second reading in order to fully absorb everything the author has put into it. "Thursbitch" almost read as a religious parable, putting forth a surface meaning that hints at but never fully reveals that deeper levels underneath.
Not the easiest of reads if you struggle with foreign dialects, but without a doubt, "Thursbitch" is worth the effort.
Yes, the dialog and dialect make this book hard going at times. A glossary would have been invaluable, along with some historical notes.

But it's worth it. The sweep and scope, the prose and language are all done by a master wordsmith.

It's hard for me to say exactly what this book is about, except that there's two stories here, intertwining but rarely in contact.
After finishing this book, I still had no idea what happened and what it was about. Difficult and boring read. Nothing appealing about Thursbitch at all.
Depressing and not my favorite from this author.
It's difficult to say a lot about the storyline without damaging other readers experience of the book. As an amateur student of myth and ancient religion I thoroughly enjoyed this tale.
I haven't read Thursbitch, but I have read every other one of Alan Garner's books, over and over, from the time I was 10 until yesterday (at 55). The previous reviewer compares this book to The Stone Book Quartet, neither of which he could finish (and I imagine he'd be even less keen on the dazzling short novel for adults, Strandloper). I just came to Amazon to look for copies of The Stone Book Quartet as gifts to my two oldest friends. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Almost single-handedly Garner maintains the value and beauty of the well-made thing--his books are well-made like bells or violins, like a good table or bed. And Stone Book Quartet is about the deep magic of such things, made of stone and wood and fibre, and of the craft-magicians who make them. So I'm ordering Thursbitch right now!