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Buchan’s Witch Wood
Posted by: Dale Nelson (IP Logged)
Date: 9 October, 2020 11:40PM
This novel of the 17th century is atmospheric and a real work of historical imagination. It’s not a supernatural thriller. Does anyone want to begin to discuss it this month?

Re: Buchan’s Witch Wood
Posted by: Sawfish (IP Logged)
Date: 10 October, 2020 09:19PM
Right now I'm hung up in Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow" (a mixed bag, if ever there was one--"Finnegans Wake", anyone?), plus I'm doing a bit of programming for a relative (scripting), but would be interested in going back to Kipling, later.

"Life is a tragedy to those who feel, a comedy to those who think."

Re: Buchan’s Witch Wood
Posted by: Kipling (IP Logged)
Date: 11 October, 2020 10:16PM
Read it many years ago. The Scottish dialect would have thrown me had I not been in a seminar on New England Regionalism in the 1980s. It is a plodding novel that has convincing period atmosphere and characterization. The strange circumstances are eventually unraveled, if never entirely explained. If you comment on specific chapters I will reread; there's an obscure witchcraft novel I like better, a collaboration (Barry Pain & another author). It's included in the Hippocampus Press volume of Pain's weird fiction. Would be an interesting comparison, more overtly sinister than the Buchan book.


Re: Buchan’s Witch Wood
Posted by: Kipling (IP Logged)
Date: 11 October, 2020 10:26PM
The Shadow of the Unseen (1907), by Barry Pain and James Blyth.


Re: Buchan’s Witch Wood
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 14 October, 2020 10:56AM
"Witch Wood" is one of the books on my shelf I want to read but there always seems to be something more interesting, more inviting to read, so God only knows if I ever get to reading it ...

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