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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These problems appear to have manifested at the age of 13, the year Colin’s twin sister Susan disappeared and the year he cannot remember anything before.

Boneland by Alan Garner

alzn Such was the impression his books made on me when I was nine or ten that I still have my original Puffin editions. He coasted past Nut Tree and New House as far as Gatley Green until he came to the bypass and the railway bridge and had to pedal, after two point seven eight four three kilometres of free energy; approximately.

I do not know if the conclusion of this book makes sense if you have not read the first two books, and I am not entirely certain whether reading the bnoeland two books will make it easier to read this one. Colin’s past experience has been so painful that he is unable to remember, unable to process what happened to him, but Meg draws much of it out of him through flashbacks.

Alan Garner wrote those when he was twenty one, but he was not the same twenty one as the rest of us. Of course Colin is still mad there. By the end of the book, i was not sure at all if Alan Garner was trying to say that all the magical mystery of the first two books was just a manifestation of Colins slide into decaying mental health.

This novel functions like a dream, containing hints at insights that, once we wake, we yearn to grasp again. For those of us who came to them young, these books shaped gzrner lives; the tales of two children, who meet alqn Sleepers beneath the hill, who fly with the Wild Hunt, who battle bonelaand Morrigan I was terrified of the small black pony with the red eyes, as a child were the benchmark of a childhood’s dream.


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. Why five stars for a book which is in turn challenging, worrying, baffling and often disjointed?

This article about a s fantasy novel is a stub. Though some would have it so.

Boneland (Tales of Alderley, #3) by Alan Garner

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. He shows the stone to Meg, who tells him that she has done research in the birth, marriage and death records, and can throw some light on Colin’s forgotten past before he was 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 made camp.

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 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. All of which is background to a book that is pages of sheer poetry. Is truth, as Garner would have it, not attainable through knowledge, only through belief?

Otherwise the skies will fall, and there will be only winter, wanderers and moon… However Boneland is set in the present early 21st Century and is an adult book. Richard from Australia Wow!

Boneland by Alan Garner: review

And what a final page! I found this site by a Google search for Boneland. Perhaps because most people do forget – perhaps wilfully – the real nature of childhood. The wizard, the scientist, the poet, shading into one another. Unlike the earlier books there are no heroic deeds, no explicitly dramatic events, and almost no plot at least in comparison.


There is a great deal more difference besides the shift in style and target audience. I’m giving this a two star rating because I really don’t know if I bonelanv recommend it to a friend – especially not a fan of The Weirdstone of Brisingaman, for which this is the putative conclusion in the trilogy.

It becomes a novel of the fantastic toward the end: The original books are essential reading for fully understanding Garner’s own Problem of Susan although there’s one non-revelation which might have been more effective if read in isolation from them. And you can still believe in sleepers under hills, believe in the legend of the wizard buying a a,an that began The Weirdstone of Brisingaman. But in the end, his success must depend on the reader’s willingness to be teased through an imaginative labyrinth by allusions, hints, puzzles, and tricks such as unascribed dialogue and undescribed location.

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. Young Alan read and learned the Children’s Encylopaedia on much the same basis, having taught himself to read with the back page of the Knockout comic in a hospital boenland.

Each reading is like a flower opening to reveal more petals. Personal tragedy and redemption are subsumed in the cosmic vision.