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Witch Wood by John Buchan
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 25 January, 2017 12:39PM
Hello,

Is there anybody here who has read Witch Wood by John Buchan? I am thinking of giving it a try but what makes me hesitate to read it is I have read it is full of Scottish jargon. (as far as I can remember, even Lovecraft mentions it in his "Supernatural literature"), So, Is the book hard to read? And if so, is it worth reading?

Thank you very much.

Re: Witch Wood by John Buchan
Posted by: jdworth (IP Logged)
Date: 25 January, 2017 03:38PM
Personally, I found it very worthwhile. The eeriness is definitely understated rather than overt, and suggests considerably more than it says, but this gives the novel a weird glamor of substantial power. However, I am not one who is at all deterred by dialect, and the Scottish dialect here is indeed quite pervasive in the novel overall, and in fact is quite integral to the creation of the aura of weirdness; it wouldn't work nearly so well in straightforward English.

My suggestion, therefore, is to tackle R. L. Stevenson's "Thrawn Janet" first (if you've not read it before), and see how the dialect there sits with you (again, it is very much a part of the success of that tale, as here). If you find that one tough going, then you're unlikely to be able to make it through Witch Wood with any pleasure. If, on the other hand, you find the short story to be to your taste, then by all means go for it, as I think it is a fine example of the Scottish weird tale.

Re: Witch Wood by John Buchan
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 26 January, 2017 04:16PM
Thanks for the tip.



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