I loved The Weirdstone of Brisingamen as a child, partly because when I first read it I lived very near Alderley Edge, and am very familiar with many of the places that they travel through on their myth-filled journey. I was lent this by a friend at a time when writing up anything I read was far too much effort, but fortunately reread it on the journey to return it a few years later (I’m a terrible book-borrower).
The first adjective that springs to mind about this book is weird. Its written as one continuous body of text, no chapters and reflects the confusion of Colin, the main character as he tries to untangle his mental state and history.
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I felt that the book never really crystalised to explain itself well, even when an impression was given that Colin himself understood and had reached some level of peace with the truth. The Weirdstone was strange enough but as a child’s book it had to explain itself clearly. Possibly because Boneland is aimed at adults it feels no need to clearly explain itself and even when familiar with Garner’s world it is still vague.
An interesting and satisfying read though, and well worth reading if familiar with Garner’s other works.