Alan Garner: Strandloper



Orance from a modern perspective is shocking but oes so in a way that gives a sense of a Ask Me No Questions deep and abiding respect for humanignity This theme of rural ignorance tempered with an ancient The Gnadiges Fraulein. dignity is also found in Garner s novel ThursbitchDoes it reflect reality That s another uestion Garner iseeply interested in linguistics and the power of language In his tale Buckley s crime is accepting lessons in reading and writing from a local aristocrat s son In truth he was accused of receiving stolen goods and was illiterate throughout his long lifeGarner is also a folklorist specializing in the traditions of the British Isles The English village that he Unscrewed describes is suffused with pagan rituals coexisting with Christianity The rhymes and language of these traditions as well as theialect of the villagers is vivid the reader can practically hear the songs and the speech of the people This American Musicians depiction s convincingnessepends on showing a remote isolated population Buckley is His Convict Wife (Convict Wives described as never having been 10 miles from the place of his birth History records that on the contrary he been in the army fought in the Netherlands and was arrested in LondonThis is not to say that I appreciate any less a story which is in large part about the magic of words But Garner s wise fools are in a way as mythical as the folkloric legends he studies The bittersweet romance of the story with Buckley being sustained by the token his sweetheart gave him and his Toyota Management System dream of returning home to his true love is heartbreakingly effective The truth of course is that Buckley never returned to England nor was he ever so naive as to think that he would walk home through China But it makes a good tale and rings true in the way that folk tales can often be true than history I very much enjoyed Strandloper Other readers might have trouble with theialects in this novel I was able to The Perfect Indulgence decipher them without muchifficulty but the author gives no explanations or assistance to readers Garner s radical Stonebrook Cottage (Carriage House, divergence from history mightisturb those who prefer their historical fiction to be closer to verifiable facts When historical figures are fictionalized it s A Seductive Revenge delightful when the result speaks to me on a personal level and is congruent with my own values This is a lovely fiction from my perspective It reminds me of all those very compelling Pagan martyr fictions about Hypatia of Alexandria It s too bad that the truth about Hypatia is complex I am someone who tends to research historical fiction when I m interested in the subject it covers So I proceeded to uncover the truth about William Buckley the historical protagonist of Strandloper Please note that if you are searching for him on the internet you should add Australia to your search terms to avoid beingeluged with results related to the conservative pundit William F Buckley Even though Strandloper can t be considered historically accurate it was an amazingly good story It also led me to learn a bit about Australian history through the research I California Living did on William Buckley after reading it I m glad I selected this book as my Australian read for the Around the World challenge For the complete review includingiscussion of the real William Buckley and historical resources about him see the latest post on my new book blog at. William the Cheshire bricklayer and William the Aboriginal spiritual leader as William is true to his fate The result is extraordinary.

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I was spurred to read this by The Voice That Thunders Garner put his heart and soul into this novel It So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, 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 areoingIt s not a long book but I got a bit bogged Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty down on the Aboriginal section which started to feel too worthy and Noble Savage like But it was redeemed by the final section when William returns home and blends his two worlds The real William Buckleyidn t Ryugakusei no tame no Kanji no Kyokasho SHOKYU 300 - Japanese Writing Study Book do this but it makes perfect sense in the novel Perhaps the ending is too neat but it s beautifully and poignantly executed Hesitating between three and four stars I ended up with four but three and a half would be accurate It reminded me a little bit of Riddley Walker except it s not nearly as good 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 the Eighteenth Century was transported to Australia escaped and lived with the native Australians becoming a holy man Eventually as white colonisation spreads across the continent he returns home It s a simple enough story and it s a short book but Garner s writing is uniue and his approach is unlike what you find in all but a few historical novels He has always been a master of brevity of terse Anglo Saxoniction and sometimes of ialect Here that style lends itself to an impressionistic evocation of Buckley and his world that takes you not just into another time but into another kind of consciousness He enters an alternative way of being by evoking a way of speaking and by extension a way of thinking that comes from the past Even as a Cheshire man Buckley has a uasi shamanic sense of his environment and the forces at work around him Following his arrest the transportation ship is a jumble of speech registers and ialects the journey we sense isn t just taking him to another continent The fulfilment comes when he is adopted by the aboriginal people who recognise him as a Dreamer someone capable of mastering the spirit world which is at the heart of their experience All this is conveyed in the symbolic language of shamanic consciousness Finally he returns home but remains attuned to the spirit world and finds its presence in Cheshire where he continues his rituals Letting it Go dreams andancesThe closest writer I know to Garner is Ted Hughes This is crow poetry become a novel You The One Who Stays (Summer Island, don t so much read Strandloper as immerse yourself in it and let it push and pull you about It s familiar Garner right enough with added metaphysical transcendency or a bit bonkers if you prefer It s not a book you ll forget in a hurry This books showcases Garner s fascination with language with the incomprehensible with theirect experience of mythology It is very Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, dreamy in. I sing the eagleBone of the Cloud The Clashing RockThe Hard DarknessIt hangs above the grave moundI singreamingWilliam Buckley was tr.

Places very Smijurija u mjerama difficult to pick reality from fantasydreamdelirium It was fascinating reading but I m not sure I enjoyed it Ion t know that I m impartial I m a couple of years or so younger than Garner not a classicist and I just remember him at school Old Mancunians will know what I mean I also saw him play Antony with Dudley Moore as Enobarbus Alderley Edge I Speer don t know all that well I come from a little furtherown the Bollin valley I ve just read backwards The Voice that Thunders with a good Ultralearning deal of unexpected emotion If you read it that way round you may think you know a bit about Strandloper before you read it I ve only come to both books a uarter of a century late and I ve just read the opening chapter of Strandloper for the first time I suppose as a result Iid know a little beforehand But none of it blunted the power and the portent of the opening pages or concealed their roots I m afraid Garner is the real thing So much so that the Nobel Prize for Literature would I hope will mean nothing to him The man who could write about that as The Ring Of The Dove deftly andeeply as he The Lost Literature of Medieval England did has become the craftsman his ancestors were That is worth any number of Regius Professorships This may be the most baffling novel I ve ever read Ion t know how to A Curse of Kings describe it much less critiue it I can certainly say that it is a singular reading experience and for that I am greatly appreciative It is a book that reuires 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 reuires what Keats called negative capability My one Goodreads friend who has reviewed the book Abailart says one must remain alert to the book s ualities That s a good way of putting it Alert and accepting letting oneself go with the flow wherever the author takes youI can t say I enjoyed reading the novel but it is a special valuable experience with many rewards especially in its rhythms and language from Cheshireialect to Aboriginal spiritual language 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 uartet and Red Shift Garner is far significant than our literati have yet realized Apart from reading some of Garner s books to classes of kids many Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, 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 theialect the music the animality and sounds of a myriad nature You have to be alert to to hear an intense authorial voice that pulls 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 Im a Narwhal differs from the historical events is very illuminating of Garner s concernsOne of the main themes of the book israwing a parallel between the primitive rituals and beliefs of the Aborigines and those of rural Britain this is Madame Timide done masterfully It s the sort of goal thatescribed briefly sounds Girl, Woman, Other doubtful but Garnerescribes individuals whose ign. Ansported to Australia in 1801 He escaped and lived as an Aborigine for thirty one years In this visionary novel Alan Garner is true to.

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