I sing the eagle Bone of the Cloud The Clashing Rock.The Hard Darkness It hangs above the grave mound.I sing, dreamingWilliam Buckley was transported to Australia in 1801 He escaped and lived as an Aborigine for thirty one years In this visionary novel, Alan Garner is true to William the Cheshire bricklayer and William the Aboriginal spiritual leader, as William isI sing the eagle Bone of the Cloud The Clashing Rock.The Hard Darkness It hangs above the grave mound.I sing, dreamingWilliam Buckley was transported to Australia in 1801 He escaped and lived as an Aborigine for thirty one years In this visionary novel, Alan Garner is true to William the Cheshire bricklayer and William the Aboriginal spiritual leader, as William is true to his fate The result is extraordinary.
Strandloper I sing the eagle Bone of the Cloud The Clashing Rock The Hard Darkness It hangs above the grave mound I sing dreamingWilliam Buckley was transported to Australia in He escaped and lived as an Ab
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 personal level, and is congruent with my own values This is a lov [...]
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 tale differs from the historical events is very illuminating of Garner s concerns.One 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, des [...]
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 sounds 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 quarters, follow the sea imagery, the rivers [...]
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 Quartet and Red Shift Garner is far significant than our literati have yet realized.
This may be the most baffling novel I ve ever read I don t know how to describe it, much less critique it I can certainly say that it is a singular reading experience, and for that I am greatly appreciative It is a book that requires, at least 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 requires what Keats called negative capability My one fri [...]
What a book a short shamanic epic that is utterly without pretension Garner s novels are almost all about one place his 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 t [...]
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 doing.It 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 [...]
William Buckley, transported to Australia in the 1790s, escapes, intending to walk north to China, then turn left for England and home, and end up spending thirty years amongst Aboriginals, taken in as a resurrected warrior and becoming a beloved and respected holy man He eventually returns home And that s the story, and a strange, powerful and beautiful story it is, but with Garner it s the language The words and folk dances of Buckley s home, the babble of dialects and cant on the ship, the pr [...]
Alan Garner s Thursbitch was such a delight that I opened Strandloper with rare excitement I was not disappointed Garner writes with brilliant, bare precision, even if he can demand much of his readers.As the cover tells us, the essence of the plot is the true story of William Buckley, a Cheshire bricklayer who was unjustly deported to Australia in 1801, escaped, and lived for 31 years with the Aborigines Garner weaves together Cheshire folklore and Aboriginal spiritualism in separate melodies t [...]
Will Buckley, a young country man, finds that the practice of an ancient rite gets him sent to a penal colony He escapes to live the next three decades of his life immersed in the lives and dreaming of the aboriginal peoples.The story of Will is also the story of the links between the spirit keepers of two cultures The book is set in the time period when much of the magic of England has been confined to folk customs, which are being suppressed by the authorities This suppression and oppression i [...]
A book unlike any other, Garner is a true artist a poet than a novelist.A difficult book I don t pretend to fully understand it all Set partly in Garner s beloved Cheshire and partly in Australia, each effecting the other in subtle ways, in that it reminded me of Red shift or the later Thursbitch but here rather than previous events affecting different people across time, the story is wholly about William Buckley and his quite separate lives as a Cheshire peasant and an Australian aborigine The [...]
More a schematic than an actual story And awfully derivative of Red Shift There s the artifact with talismanic juju, the fugues of visionary madness, the clipped dialogue and stylebut there the doomed romance of the teenagers held it together, making it resonate and mocking it at the same time but here there s no one to feel for It s just a recital Like one of those ponderously intoned ancient epic sagas, full of names and wind, signifying nothing And the verbiage during the Aborigine section go [...]
I have been working my way through a number of Alan Garner books From the descriptions of the plot that I had seen this looked like the one that would appeal least to me, but most its reviewers were producing glowing reports and they were right It is certainly one of his top three books I combines his common theme of overlapping time though in this case of a loop of time with his always detailed research to create an intriguing tale.
This is definitely Garner s weirdest book and that is saying a LOT based on a true story of a young man who was transported from England to Australia in the 19th Century, ran away was rescued by a group of Australian Aboriginals, lived with them for 20 years then returned to the U.K umder a pardon, this book requires the reader to enter into an almost magical realm where the border between the actual and the imagined completely evaporates.
The command of various kinds of slang, accent, and dialect by this author was amazing and uncompromising no mercy for the reader Stretching from the English countryside and an immemorial celtic pagan past to Australia and a different immemorial aboriginal past, the book seemed dreamlike, a babel of voices Sometimes you have to let the meaning of individual words go, so that the tale can sweep you up instead.
Colonialism,dreamtime, the Transport,injustice,culture clash,galligaskins,mulla mullung,string stram ring dong,going native,sadistic landlords,hedge papists, swaddledidaffs, 8 months in chains, 20 years in the desert,death sentences, sorrow and forgiveness, Odysseus returns,gripe griffin hold fast, Cornwall to Bone Country, Six Points of Time.Here is the start of Time.
At first I was disappointed as I started to read this book having been a fan of Garner for years However, the I read, the better it got though it still comes nowhere near to the excellent Red Shift.
Read this book if you can I think it s extraordinary It s a series of initiations, through the medium of language and takes you on a journey through the true, arduous heart of human identity It s not easy, but Garner can be trusted to the nth degree Read it if you dare
An extraordinary and mysterious book that will reward re reading A journey into the many dimensions of man, a rugged circle of us.
A remarkable novel exquisitely written.
A unique reading experience I read this several years ago, and cannot comment fully until I have read it again, which will be soon.
Simply astonishing You are dropped into two alien worlds with very little help in terms of understanding, but to read, keep reading
Lyrical, mystical and poetic This is a beautifully written folk tale of loss and triumph Moving and magnificent.
Gripping plot, but too many long lists of proper nouns Ending not very satisfying.