Alan Garner Marcus Crouch - Essay

Marcus Crouch

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The Weirdstone of Brisingamen] was a remarkable first book by a young writer but hardly a successful one. The narrative is confusing and confused, always whipping itself into a further frenzy of activity. The terms of reference are Norse rather than Celtic, and the Norse gods were always a complicated lot. There are some fine moments, mostly marred by a turgid style. Where the book excels is in the use of an actual landscape whose topography plays an essential part in the action and in relating the nightmares of the story to commonplace figures of the everyday world. (p. 126)

This skill in harnessing the modern scene and its inhabitants was more marked in Garner's Elidor (1965) where...

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