Things have not gone well for Colin and Susan since they set about seeing off encroaching forces of evil, first in Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone. Boneland has ratings and reviews. Neil said: Over 50 years ago Alan Garner wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gomra . Boneland by Alan Garner. Boneland book cover. logo Amazon. com logo. Rating / Okay, this is it, the book that I have been waiting thirty.

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And she, in the end, appears to have been a witch or goddess: Colin has to reach into himself to find the answer. Return to Book Page. View all 14 comments. The sections on both psychosis and shamanism are also well realised, if somewhat difficult to follow in places; this is definitely not a story for inexperienced readers. The main protagonist Colin is suffering from mental illness, an boneoand to relate to people and society along with genius-level intelligence.

Alan Garner Boneland – Finding Magic Through the Wreckage Of Time

My boheland came from Cheshire – not far from Alderley Edge. These are thoughts that constantly preoccupy Colin in Boneland. I also love the description of Colin lighting the oil lamp, and the fire – so exact, so honest. But most of all, as already mentioned, what we find here has nothing to do with the mythos of the Weirdstone books. At first, like him, you think she’s a new embodiment of the super-villainess witch from the first two books, but no such luck. Of course Colin is still mad bonelsnd.

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There are well-drawn characters in those books, but garmer are not Colin or Susan. Some of the creatures, good and evil, that they encounter are from local folklore, and others from stories from further afield.


With him, the text is all. The ending didn’t really resolve anything for me; I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying they ‘didn’t get it’, and possibly there was something I didn’t get because this didn’t conclude anything for me. I think I even likely that it was vaguely uncomfortable, because that discomfort came from it making me think and reevaluate. The landscape of the mind is often far more interesting than the real landscape, which is why fantasy remains fascinating even for adults.

He became a bit of a cult hero for my friends and I. It’s great bonwland hear something of one distinguished career. Though of no great length, Boneland is a dense, slippery text which starts off close to alqn but becomes crystal clear as one learns to inhabit the storytelling. This place is the sacred place. When we love something, we want it to continue but we’d be unreasonable to think that Garner shouldn’t develop his work because we want much of the same.

Boneland by Alan Garner

However, I do have to take issue with a few of the geographical details. I count myself as fairly literary, I love powerful, sparse, poetic prose. Boneland by Alan Garner: Most who were schoolchildren in England during the 60s and 70s will be familiar with Garner’s fantasy adventure and its sequel, The Moon of Gomrath.

It’s a detail strictly for Edge alumnae that will not bother anyone else at all. In reading the earlier books I hadn’t known that they were twins, and liked Susan more as a character; I thought Colin was a bit of a wimp. Alan Garner wrote those when he was twenty one, but he was not the same bonelsnd one as the rest of us.

Personally, as a huge fan for more than 30 years, I wanted a satisfying end to the trilogy, but more importantly, I wanted a book that I could share and enjoy with my 10 year old daughter, along with the first two Alderley Tales. You don’t listen and you can’t hear. Susan is not there. They were imaginative, original, fast-paced and utterly gripping and followed the adventures of Colin and Susan, siblings billeted with an elderly bucolic couple in the northwest UK town of Alderley, after a small precious stone around Susan’s neck, given to her mother by their current hostess and then passed on to Susan, becomes the target of assorted warring ancient wizards, witches, dwarves, elves and goblins who live hidden in the cave-system beneath the mediaeval copper mines of the region.


I was in the position of trying to read the underground parts without listening to myself as they made me feel really claustrophobic! Susan begins a process of quasi-deification — the last time her brother sees her, she is galloping with the Nine Maidens towards the Pleiades.

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Boneland by Alan Garner: review – Telegraph

Garner is a very intelligent writer and he is discussing something interesting here, about truth and story and science and myth and magic. There was also a parallel story, noneland la Red Shift, of a prehistoric shaman, possibly Lower Palaeolithic The thing is, if you use an existing legend – like the Wild Hunt – you are tying into a true tradition, and that gives a story real resonance.

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