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Things have not gone well for Colin and Susan since they set about seeing off encroaching forces of evil, first in Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone. Boneland has ratings and reviews. Neil said: Over 50 years ago Alan Garner wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gomra . Boneland by Alan Garner. Boneland book cover. logo Amazon. com logo. Rating / Okay, this is it, the book that I have been waiting thirty.

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The constraints of this rock prison force them to bend backwards, turn upside down, pin their arms at their sides for unforeseeable periods, and get through blind, tiny gaps only by severe anatomical contortion.

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. Ganrer, this is not a story aimed at children or younger adults, but at people who have experienced life and become a little jaded by it.

Something I think he has, and he won’t. Susan is out of the picture altogether though an increasingly desperate hope for her return ended up being for me the only reason to keep turning the pages. Inhe finally published a third book in the Weirdstone trilogy.

The claustrophobia was so palpable that it had me physically squirming in my seat even a month ago as I reread the book. The dark, windswept feel I loved in the first books is still there, and while it didn’t always mesh with Weirdstone and Gomrath it still gave me a new piece of something I’m still very attached too.

And so Garner offers his readers, who thrilled as children to magic and adventure, a conception of the adult world that encompasses its dreariness and a form of magic and adventure that cannot be cheapened or blneland camp. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.

Alan Garner is best known for his children’s fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. Afterwards he garnet everything garne every minute of every day. Garner writes in the tradition of the folkloric bard: A memory stirs like a sleeper, turning. Yet this universal connection is felt as deeply local. What a thoughtful, analytical post. It leans less on dialect than Thursbitch, but Garner’s poetry runs through like a seam of quartz in black rock.


Garner has said himself that he writes the book that has to be written, or words to bojeland effect. Thank goodness for Alan Garner and his editor.

I liked the idea of Bonekand becoming an extremely clever astronomy geek; even if the story resolution seemed weak and arb I was most curious about this novel as I grew up on The Edge. Boneland was a strange read in a lot of ways. I’m with most people on this one.

Colin is autistic, has problems with memory he remembers everything after the age of 13, nothing beforecannot relate to other humans, is searching the sky for intelligent life, and hunting for his sister in the stars.

Boneland by Alan Garner – review

Certainly a book like this, with its relatively quiet release and modest presence on the shelves, is embarrassingly more intelligent and fulfilling than almost everything else marketed as some bright new star in the literary heaven.

It isn’t the book that many would have expected from having read the first two. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Almost none of them are. But I think they have to stay there. I was at a conference once where Alan Garner was asked about how he tested the market before writing a book. Studying at Manchester Grammar School and then Oxford University, in he moved to the nearby village of Blackden, where he bought and renovated an Early Modern building known as Toad Hall.

More from the web. So did he ever have a sister?

And it’s a commonplace that neither public nor publishers know what they want until it’s there. The adventure narrative dominated, though, zlan they were quite thrilling and exciting reads, for all the slight tingle of unease they left when completed. Fifty years is a long time between books, yet it seems right and natural that Garner should need five decades to gyre back round to where he began, the legend-haunted landscape of Alderley Edge, to be able to follow his story deeper into the human psyche and the dark abysm of time.

Okay, this is it, the book that I have been waiting thirty years for. I’ve read numerous novels with occasional dream sequences and heard of a few that are entirely dreams and read one or two dream-vision poems but I can think of no other novel where dreams occupy such a high proportion of the text without being a dream throughout.


This one is somewhat different from those but no bonelznd shocking and baffling, though many things are also made clear. That part of the book is written in the present day. Thank you for such an interesting post. Colin obviously has tremendous mental health problems but he still has a grasp of the simple things of life which I personally felt made him into a more rounded character. Once he understands what he is, then he — and the world — can begin again.

Boneland by Alan Garner: review – Telegraph

How many readers have seen, or imagined alaj seen, snatches of silver white movement amongst the bonelahd branches of the trees, that may, or may not be elven cloaks of garenr feathers? So people make guesses from cave paintings. Nightfall Will Elliott 9. Boneland is the strangest, but also the strongest, of Alan Garner’s books.

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. Massey is a grating character with her dated slang and little tics – Shirley MacLaine in full flight could be imagined playing her in the film version, could such a project ever be realised, with or without the sports motorbike and leathers. The wild magic seems lost from the world.

Reading Boneland is a reminder of why young novelists should grow up before they try writing more books. And Bonfland still say that Elidor and The Owl Service are the best Young Adult fantasy books ever written for the younger and older ends tarner that spectrum respectively. Sometimes us lesser mortals want something in plain English that is a genuinely helpful guide to those people who are looking to buy a Christmas present for a niece or someone.

I tell writing students that they do not need to cram all their interests into one books, they will have years to exlore their ideas. View all 10 comments. He doesn’t know me. Open Preview See a Problem?