Gone to Earth

Gone to EarthHazel Woodus Has A Father Who Plays The Harp And Builds Coffins Her Closest Friend Is A Pet Fox Even So, This Beautiful Child Of Nature Can T Help But Draw Men To Her, Including The Minister Who She Marries And The Fox Hunter Who Relentlessly Pursues Her Hazel S Naivete Allows Mary Webb S Themes Of Human Cruelty, Savagery, And Sacrifice To Come Through. This is the first Mary Webb novel that I have read and I am left wondering how I have never heard of her before The writing was so good, and such a strong cast of characters as you could hope to find in a novel, especially the main character, Hazel Woodus Hazel is innocence personified, an innocence so pure it is bound to be abused by the cruelty of the world, especially by
How has Mary Webb flown under the radar for so many years Is she the literary world s best kept secret Her writing displays a discerning eye and a sensitive spirit She sees the big picture she describes the finest details There are no wasted words In my opinion, Mary Webb should be ranked right up there with the best of them This story could very simply be enjoyed as a romantic triangle set in a beautiful and wild countryside and enjoyed immensely But, for those with ears to hear, this story could also be viewed as a wake up call to modern society It is a warning about the danger of separating the physical and the spiritual, about the potentially destructive force which is unleashed when one is severed from the other.Although intellectually challenged, Hazel Woodus is a delightfully whole and wholesome loving person She, in her simple way, is able to recognize, accept, and rejoice in the pleasures of both physical and spiritual Hazel celebrates the panoramic sounds and sights of the landscape, the tiny details of plant and animal life, and the spectrum of daily human experience as manifestations of the sacred.Unfortunately for Hazel, she is not blessed with the presence in her life of a partner who can share both the physical and spiritual aspects of life with her The minister, Edward Marston whom Hazel marries recognizes
This was a poetically lyrical and intense novel.In many ways the main characters are like archetypes than the sort of individuals we would ever encounter in the everyday world Hazel the heroine is a child of Nature though not Nature in its less gentle aspect Reddin the local squire who pursues her is all aggression and passion Edward who marries Hazel but cannot keep Reddin away represents a spirituality that is too far removed from the natural world.I particularly enjoyed the way the plot gathers pace towards the end I had a horrible feeling that all would not end happily ever after, but was nonetheless surprised by the twists and turns of the narrative in the final section However these twists all seemed wholly credible Some of the purple passages in which the beauty of an idealised rural Shropshire is celebrated are stunningly beautiful I was also very intrigued by the way in which without commenting directly on contemporary events the novel is
How can I have lived 51 years without ever hearing of this marvelous writer She is the missing link between Thomas Hardy and John Cowper Powys, a visionary turning her rapt attention on wild things, the human mind, and the numberless tendrils that connect them Very much in the spirit of the Brontes, with all the gothic melodrama that goes with such a spirit, this novel is not remarkable for its plot, which is simply that time honored tragic device, the love triangle, but for its rich sense of character and setting, which are portrayed as ultimately indivisible Though some passages elicit groans for their naive sentimentality, many, many draw gasps, even tears for their feeling wisdom My new mission is to read everything this wonderful writer has written, and then start over again with
That blurb describing this as soil and gloom is pretty spot on If you re reading the Virago s, put this one on the list.SPOILER I was however a bit disappointed in the Thelma Louise ending I think there is something anti feminist in that kind of thing. Not quite as magical and poetical a book as Precious Bane but still special and confirming Mary Webb as one of my newly discovered favourite authors The story is very much a parallel to Tess of the D Urbervilles the innocent gypsy girl, Hazel, torn between the good and honourable parson who she marries and the rough, rugged squire, who is destined to bring her to ruin However, reading Tess, it is difficult to get into the mindset of the characters and not to look at the story from a modern perspective, feeling frustrated at Angel Clare for being unable to accept Tess for who she is and at Tess for being such a pathetic drama queen In Gone To Earth, the characters are far easier to comprehend Their motives are clearly described Edward, the parson, putting Hazel on a pedestal and fighting against his desires for fear of seeming to force himself on his young wife, when in truth, if he had been the one to awaken the sexual life of Hazel, she would have been his forever Hazel, in her turn,
A strange and wondrous novel, reminiscent of the Brontes and Hardy, with the fiery, Biblical prose of early Cormac McCarthy. A book written in the first person with a rural Shropshire dialect As the story progresses, it does so with an impending sense of doom and tragedy for the main character, Hazel The observations of the natural world and the consideration of the treatment of animals and their feelings are strongly portrayed, amidst a backdrop of a rural community set in the ways of
Hard work, can t take the melodrama.

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  • ebook
  • 321 pages
  • Gone to Earth
  • Mary Webb
  • 07 August 2017
  • 9781411452886