Boneland (2020)

Boneland Alan Garner Boneland A major novel from one of the country s greatest writers and the crowning achievement of an astonishing career BONELAND is also the long awaited conclusion to the story of Colin and Susan a story th
  • Title: Boneland
  • Author: Alan Garner
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Boneland Alan Garner A major novel from one of the country s greatest writers, and the crowning achievement of an astonishing career, BONELAND is also the long awaited conclusion to the story of Colin and Susan a story that began over fifty years ago in THE WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN A woman was reading a book to a child on her knee So the little boy went into the wood, and he met a witch.A major novel from one of the country s greatest writers, and the crowning achievement of an astonishing career, BONELAND is also the long awaited conclusion to the story of Colin and Susan a story that began over fifty years ago in THE WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN A woman was reading a book to a child on her knee So the little boy went into the wood, and he met a witch And the witch said, You come home with me and I ll give you a good dinner Now you wouldn t go home with a witch, would you Colin stood Young man Do not go into the witch s house Do not And whatever you do, do not go upstairs You must not go upstairs Do not go You are not to go Professor Colin Whisterfield spends his days at Jodrell Bank, using the radio telescope to look for his lost sister in the Pleiades At night, he is on Alderley Edge, watching.At the same time, and in another time, the Watcher cuts the rock and blows bulls on the stone with his blood, and dances, to keep the sky above the earth and the stars flying.Colin can t remember and he remembers too much Before the age of thirteen is a blank After that he recalls everything where he was, what he was doing, in every minute of every hour of every day Everything he has read and seen.And then, finally, a new force enters his life, a therapist who might be able to unlock what happened to him when he was twelve, what happened to his sister.But Colin will have to remember quickly, to find his sister And the Watcher will have to find the Woman Otherwise the skies will fall, and there will be only winter, wanderers and moon
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  1. Neil

    Over 50 years ago Alan Garner wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gomrath, two books of magic and myth, featuring the children Colin and Susan They encounter a wizard who guards sleepers beneath the hills Arthur and his knights, perhaps sleepers who will wake to save us in our time of greatest need The children encounter elves and dwarfs, goblins and killer cats, battle the evil shape shifting Morrigan, and make their way through a patchwork of mythic events and battl [...]

  2. Mark Lawrence

    I often see disparaging reviews many of them of my own books begin with I wanted to like this , it combines both a sense of personal disappointment in the author along with the double put down of even with a following wind I couldn t like this.I wanted to like this book than I did This is by way of personal disappointment in me rather than in Alan Garner I see Neil Gaiman laud it and damnation I want to be as cool as he is and get this book I count myself as fairly literary, I love powerful, s [...]

  3. Robert

    This is a strange book which came as no surprise, as Garner s novels have been going from strange to stranger since The Owl Service Here we have a third volume of a childrens fantasy sequence The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath but this is most definitely not aimed at the traditional childrens market it s squarely aimed at adult readers, perhaps the readers who read Garner s most famous works as kids, like me, and somehow or another turned into adults in the mean time So that s [...]

  4. Nigie

    Flagged as the third in the Weirdstone trilogy and published 50 years after the first two extremely popular books were written, this book came as a shattering disappointment to this loyal childhood devotee of Alan Garner.His renowned fantasies, aimed at ages, say, 10 to 13, and kind of a cross between Enid Blyton and Tolkien, were the must read volumes among my young peers in the 70s They were imaginative, original, fast paced and utterly gripping and followed the adventures of Colin and Susan, [...]

  5. Nigel

    Growing up is weird, and can seem quite sad, especially when you remember the things that used to ring and resonate and you can almost remember what the ring and the resonance sounded like but not why it set your nerves on fire and filled your head with light I suppose they were simple things in their way Magic Adventure Heroes Villains Whether it s age or the world, such things don t quite hold the thrill they used to, or the thrill seems cheapened by camp and over saturation and the acute know [...]

  6. Charlotte Bird

    I was utterly disappointed with this It s supposed to be a sequel to two of the greatest books of my childhood books full of magic and adventure and wonder This was mostly dialogue between an unhinged genius and his psychiatrist The book centres around a now grown up Colin who remembers the barest fragments of the events of the first two books and looks for his vaguely remembered sister Susan in the stars What he mostly seems to do, though, is shout at his psychiatrist for asking questions he do [...]

  7. Courtney Johnston

    I m giving this a two star rating because I really don t know if I would recommend it to a friend especially not a fan of The Weirdstone of Brisingaman, for which this is the putative conclusion in the trilogy.Ursula Le Guin made a valiant attempt at making sense of the book In it, we swim between the tortured mental existence of Colin the Valiumally calm protagonist of The W of B, now an adult, ornithologist, star studier, owner of multiple degrees and giant pain in the ass , who cannot recall [...]

  8. Raymond Just

    So disappointing Can t really even begin to say anything other than if you like the first two books, don t bother reading this one.

  9. Manda Scott

    This is a first review, on first reading of a book I will read again and again for the rest of my life, and each time it will be different deeper.At one level, this is the sequel, fifty years on, to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath For those of us who came to them young, these books shaped our lives the tales of two children, who meet the Sleepers beneath the hill, who fly with the Wild Hunt, who battle the Morrigan I was terrified of the small black pony with the red eyes, [...]

  10. Philip

    CAREFUL THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.Boneland is essentially the story of the psychoanalysis of Colin, the male co protagonist of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath now an adult of indeterminate middle age, working as a radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank and living in a shack at Alderley Edge Beyond a few significant flashbacks he has no memory of his childhood adventures, but he retains the trauma of them, especially the disappearance of his twin sister Susan Boneland takes pl [...]

  11. Roz Morris

    I was most curious about this novel as I grew up on The Edge Alan Garner was required reading in our school and we all knew the little cottage, shaped like a tea caddy, where he grew up It was a great pleasure to revisit the landscape through an older narrator The prose is smooth as a stream, the author holds you spellbound through the smallest details, as good writing does I liked the idea of Colin becoming an extremely clever astronomy geek even if the story resolution seemed weak and arbitrar [...]

  12. Brian Clegg

    I loved Alan Garner s books as a teenager And I d still say that Elidor and The Owl Service are the best Young Adult fantasy books ever written for the younger and older ends of that spectrum respectively I was also quite fond of his first two books, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath They were also gripping fantasy adventures, and I loved the setting of Alderly Edge, which I knew quite well Even at the time, though, I had slight reservations about them So it was wi [...]

  13. Pault

    I 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 5 star rating every time.I found it confusing, with none of the euphoria i enjoyed whilst reading Wierdstone and The Moon of Gomrath Of course, Fundindelve, Cadellin, Angharad Goldenhand all the vivid and romantic places and characters dont existor do they To me, as a child, they did, and it was only the slow maturing into adulthood that chi [...]

  14. JAn

    Had I read the first two novels of this trilogy as a child, this book would be my favourite thing ever As it stands I came to Garner as an adult and only read the previous novels as preparation for this one 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 stories and storytelling I love meta fiction I love stories that exam [...]

  15. Flora

    Oct 2012 I read this book in three days flat and am still processing it It is everything that I love place, myth, the interconnectedness of things, growing up At one point Colin says, it s not so much deep space that concerns me as deep place and that seems as good enough a description of this book as any.May 2013 I just re read this book and part of me wants to turn back to the start and begin all over again It is heartbreaking, it s scary, it s funny and rich and truthful There is so much pack [...]

  16. Jenny Schwartzberg

    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 It s of a look at the adult Colin who cannot remember his childhood and has grown into a brilliant but very troubled scientist juxtaposed with the lyrical story of a prehistoric man who sings the sun up and down around the year And Susan She disappeared as a child and Colin is still trying to find herThis book has lyrical language and may be an attempt a [...]

  17. Caz

    Well Perhaps I didn t get it, but I m really sad about this being the ending to two of my favourite books as a child.

  18. refgoddess

    So exciting to come across Alan Garner again I first read his work as a teenageror maybe as a 20 something anyway, I loved the complexity of the mythology and the way the stories didn t really end This book was sitting on my host s shelf in Macclesfield, which is when I learned that Garner is not Welsh although that s nearby but a Cheshire man I wanted to shyly stalk him he lives up by Jodrell Bank, which has a cameo in this book , but didn t have a car This book is much darker and much adult i [...]

  19. Joanne Sheppard

    Boneland is Alan Garner s adult sequel to his two children s books, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, modern classics in which two children find themselves dragged into an age old battle between mythical forces in the ancient countryside of Alderley Edge They re eerie, gripping and full of peril, and are strongly rooted in a sense of place and an obsession with shifts in time and repeating cycles of mythology that characterise all Garner s work They are also, however, relati [...]

  20. Karl Orbell

    Boneland is supposedly the long awaited finale to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, a third book to make a trilogy If so, long has it been coming as the first two were written in the 1960s.On the dustcover it says it is a novel for adults, concluding a trilogy that was begun for children Well, it is an adult book, it would certainly be tough for a child to follow, whereas the original two were good for children There is a great deal difference besides the shift in style and [...]

  21. Mike Clarke

    Absence of proof is not proof of absence.Alan Garner returns to the world of the Weirdstone of Brisingamen after a 50 year gap and we again meet Colin, boy hero of the first two books now a middle aged man on the verge of a breakdown Most who were schoolchildren in England during the 60s and 70s will be familiar with Garner s fantasy adventure and its sequel, The Moon of Gomrath Their powerful stories underpinned by a deep knowledge of folklore and love of the Cheshire countryside which forms a [...]

  22. Kate

    I m not quite sure how to go about reviewing Boneland, as I definitely didn t understand the meaning of it all Or is it just that it s actually a bit incoherent or as another reviewer said, a beautiful arrangement of WTF.I too came to this as so many others did because I loved the Weirdstone books as a child, and wanted to know The first two books finish abruptly, and always seem to be saying than they first appear Boneland takes the double triple meanings to a higher level.A few spoilers ahea [...]

  23. Meg

    Boneland was a strange read in a lot of ways It has a similar feel to The Weirdstone of Brisinghamen and The Moon of Gomrath an overcast, English feel that makes you sure it s best read inside with a blanket when it s cold and windy outside Despite being children s books the magic and the stakes always felt to me, as they did with Susan Cooper s The Dark is Rising series, as if they were extremely serious regardless of the presence of child protagonists and, well, noble wizards and evil witches [...]

  24. Alison

    My parents came from Cheshire not far from Alderley Edge As a yound person I knew Alan Garner was a local writer and read the books with some interest and enjoyment Later BBC radio dramatised Weirdstone which I recorded for my own children listening pleasure We also read the books together I was in the position of trying to read the underground parts without listening to myself as they made me feel really claustrophobic 30 years have elapsed since I read them although I have read some of the oth [...]

  25. David Manns

    As a child I read, and loved, Garner s Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath Many thought there should have been a third book, completing the stories, but Garner resisted and moved on to books aimed at older children and adults I reread Stone and Moon a couple of years ago and they were as good as I remembered Wonderful fantasies set in and around Alderley Edge in Cheshire.So when I discovered that Garner had finally written a third book in the series I didn t know what to [...]

  26. Veronica

    A friend told me Alan Garner had written a sequel to his classic children s books set on Alderley Edge, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen A Tale of Alderley Edge and Moon Of Gomrath, and I was intrigued Such was the impression his books made on me when I was nine or ten that I still have my original Puffin editions I reread them in preparation for reading this, but actually it wasn t really necessary, as there is little connection between those children s books and this one, which is definitely for [...]

  27. Simon Williams

    Why five stars for a book which is in turn challenging, worrying, baffling and often disjointed Perhaps because of the way it made me feel when I put it down as if I d been afforded a glimpse of some wonderful, terrible secret, perhaps even the secret to our existence and our demise I had no idea what to expect when I began reading Boneland Its predecessors were the two books that, as a child, made me to decide to become an author Their effect upon me was instant and shattering Garener s prose, [...]

  28. N.J. Ramsden

    Boneland, like Garner s earlier Thursbitch, is a book rooted in place It leans less on dialect than Thursbitch, but Garner s poetry runs through like a seam of quartz in black rock It borrows interestingly from myth and older works, notably Sir Gawain and the Green Knight leading to questions about the nature of the central character Boneland is not Weirdstone Boneland is not Moon Boneland is a developed, mature, experiential book not a derivative fantasy Parallel narratives which may not be par [...]

  29. Suzanne

    I really don t know how to respond to this I feel almost disloyal by giving it only 2 stars, but then I realize that the only reason I m not giving it 1 star is that the writing can be beautiful However, to call it the conclusion of the Weirdstone Trilogy is, to put it mildly, inaccurate From the descriptions I ve read, it is closer to a sequel to Red Shift I can honestly say that I would not have read it, if it didn t have the Weirdstone connection, which is probably why I am so irritated and d [...]

  30. Kirsteen

    I finished this book weeks ago but it s taken me a while to work out exactly what I thought about it to give it some stars And then I thought that I had to justify giving four stars rather than five to a book that I rate so highly, so here goes This was a really hard book to read, in all the best ways It was challenging and complex and there are clearly layers to be peeled away and, I suspect, much to be gained from revisiting it I m especially keen to swot up on the connections to Sir Gawain an [...]

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