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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Alan GarnerThe Scotsman 15 September It touches on physics, and archaeology and ornithology and folk lore. The Moon of Gomrath. But these are even stranger – they read like Shamanistic spirit journeys – which were generally induced hallucinations. Tabula Rogeriana, image from Wikimedia Commons: Counterpointing the story of Colin’s quest for reality is that of an early human or homind dweller on the edge, who like Colin, is searching for a female.
This one is somewhat different from those but no less shocking and baffling, though many things are also made clear. In that way they seemed quite adult even when I re-read them recently, so despite Boneland being billed specifically as an adult book, I didn’t expect a huge difference in tone.
And when The Weirdstone was done anew on the radio last Christmas or re-broadcast thenI didn’t enjoy that either, for the same reason. I think I even likely that it was vaguely uncomfortable, because that discomfort came from it making me think and reevaluate. He believes that he had a sister, and that she has disappeared; at the novel’s start, he is searching for her with a telescope among the stars.
Garner is a very intelligent writer and he is discussing something interesting here, about truth and story and science and myth and magic. But the claims on the cover are downright fibs. Well, there is a connection in that the main character here is Colin from the earlier books, now a highly intelligent but mentally fragile astrophysicist desperately searching for his lost sister.
This book has lyrical language and may be an If you come to this book looking for a direct sequel to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, you will be sorely disappointed. Can’t really even begin to say anything other than – if you like the first two books, don’t bother reading this one.
I find it the darkest of all the novels, with no hope for Bonelanc after those last depressing words garher read the last paragraph aloud and you’ll hear what I mean. So when I discovered that Garner had finally written a third book in the series I didn’t know what to expect. Boneland is a developed, mature, experiential book – not a derivative fantasy.
Before the age of twelve years and nine months is a blank. It was a surprise, therefore, to discover that they were the first two volumes of a trilogy, and he was finally, decades later, going to complete it. I wanted to like this book more than I did. I think Euan and Amanda’s remarks in particular were very interesting, though they all alam. The stones have stories.
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And so Garner offers his readers, who thrilled as children to magic and adventure, a conception of the adult world that encompasses its dreariness and a form of magic and adventure that cannot be cheapened or made camp. Against what one imagines must have been all his intentions, all he succeeds in doing is infecting his reader with the very evisceration of faith that he bemoans: I therefore have to say that, of his adult novels, “Strandloper” slightly edges this one out – dealing as it does with Australia, my adopted home – though this rates a very close second, dealing as it does with my favourite thing: It is heartbreaking, it’s scary, it’s funny and rich and truthful.
Regardless, I was astonished to find that Boneland is something entirely unique- I’ve never read anything quite like it before even amongst Garner’s other works and I doubt I will again. This article about a s fantasy novel is a stub. That’s food for thought.
Trying to express how and why Alan Garner is important is difficult. Reading Boneland is a reminder of why young novelists should grow up before they try writing more books.
Meg is not real. Rich, challenging, occasionally frustrating, Boneland won’t please anyone wanting a straightforward third part to the Colin and Susan story, or a simple narrative arc.
Or none of the above.
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Wierdstone and Gomrath will always be the pure undiluted escapism that, as a child, was as real as Santa Claus, and as tantalising as the iron gates behind a rock wall This page was last edited on 17 Aprilat The primary source of Colin’s trauma particularly makes no sense without such background knowledge: Ganer found rating this difficult,and the 2 is indicative of how i personally rated Boneland, as opposed to my feeling that as an author, Alan Garner deserves a obneland star rating every time.
The reason for that no doubt lies in the fact that Garner is trying to put us in the mind of a confused genius struggling with mental health issues and possibly in the mind of a long dead man defined by a prehistoric mindset and struggling with a lost mythology.
In Boneland, Colin, whilst never a full and substantiated character, playing his part remarkably well, his bravery in the face of horrifying adversity equal to that of Susan’s in a different way ,is now someone who seems to be on the verge of madness. I leave that for you to find out, but what I am waiting to discover, having read it only once, is whether the dance behind the dream is happening, and the world is changing in the way it treads.
Honestly, I found the book to be an often very beautiful arrangement of WTF.