The Voice That Thunders: Essays and Lectures PDF ✓

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Voice That Thunders: Essays and Lectures
  • Alan Garner
  • English
  • 09 October 2016
  • 9781860463327

10 thoughts on “The Voice That Thunders: Essays and Lectures

  1. Ari Berk Ari Berk says:

    Anyone who cares about story place the past and our futures as storytelling animals would benefit from reading this book I also think it would be of enormous benefit to teachers at every level Absolute gold dustto be savored

  2. G. Lawrence G. Lawrence says:

    Fascinating lovely enthralling a collection of essays and speeches on writing Garner's life Highly recommended

  3. Dearbhla Dearbhla says:

    Earlier this year I read The Owl Service by Alan Garner and I had many many thoughts about it and I enjoyed it a huge amount even if I wasn’t sure if I got everything that was going on I will reread it at some point But then I was ordering books at work and spotted The voice that thunders by Garner and said ah sure lets give it a go I’m sure some author recommended it somewhere but I can’t for the life of me recall who or whereAnd when it came in it sat on my trolley for many many months but eventually I figured it was time for a bit of non fiction I’ve read very little that wasn’t fiction this yearThe Voice that Thunders was a great bit of non fiction and if you follow me on tumblr you probably have some indication that I enjoyed it given how much I was uoting from it The book is basically a collection of essays and lectures that Garner has given over the years Writing life history language people place mental health all these feature in various essays and I have to say that I loved this bookI didn’t always agree with exactly what Garner was saying but he writes so well that I just couldn’t help but admire him He writes about truth and fiction about life and living and about how he always tries to be honest and sometimes that means making things up If you have any interest in writing I would recommend you read something by Garner preferably this book as well as some of his fictionThere is one chapter where he describes getting letter after letter from school children obviously at the urging of their teacher One class in particular that the teacher had described as enjoying the book so much damn it utterly telling Garner that he shouldn’t have written the book that it was boring that there was no action no humour He doesn’t relate this in order to give out about the children but rather to point out this disconnect between the teacher and the pupils He has many other letters that praise his books that reveal how Garner’s work has touched people’s lives so you don’t need to feel sorry for reading a series of such horrible feedbackAnother major theme of many of the essays is the importance of language and a sense of place to Garner’s writing and to his sense of himself as a person He describes having his mouth washed out with carbolic soap for speaking with his natural accentdialect And how all through his education he was taught the “correct” way to speak English only when grown and studying Old English did he realise that that “correct” English wasn’t any correct that any other form of English it was simply the dialect and accent of the winnersAnd of course we know that colonising powers often stamp out indigenous languages people are backwards for not learning English but it stuck me then that the English did that first of all in their own country before beginning to work their way around the worldOne other little thing that I really liked about Garner’s essays was the way he uses the term Australians Usually if you read about Australians you are reading about the white Australians but Garner uses it when discussing the original Australians which only makes sense they were there first after allI borrowed this book from the library but I really think I need to own a copy at some stage I also need to read a whole heap of Garner’s work whether that is his fiction or his non fiction I don’t mind

  4. Liam Guilar Liam Guilar says:

    It went through my head if only would be Doctors of Philosophy who write to me asking for opinions on my work and its relationships to structuralism deconstructuralism phenomenology semiotics reductionism with special reference to sub plot after plot sub vocalisation not forgetting metacognition if they could only see that writing lies in trying to keep an old man's trousers up and that from such moments is born a Strandloper' p228 A books of essays and talks one man's investigation of his own craft and its relationship to the world Rewarding rereading for anyone interested in creativitywriting the importance of story telling place myth and folk lore It probably should also be compulsory reading for anyone who either teaches literature wants to teach literature or trains future teachers The lecture 'Hard Things' in which Garner shares some of the responses he's had from schools who were doing his books the verb is mine not his made me want to disown my profession and then contact the man and say Please we are not all like thatBut I would swear that I first read this book when I found a discarded copy of it in the common room at Golant Youth Hostel in the summer of 1985I remember the story about the filming of The Owl Service Which makes no sense since the publication data says this wasn't published until 1996

  5. T.E. Shepherd T.E. Shepherd says:

    I began to read this book of essays and lectures with some trepidation Since before my teenage years I have loved Alan Garner's books and have grown up with them at my side but it has been a relationship that has become progressively difficult His books particularly Strandloper and Thursbitch which can be near to incomprehensible I was thus worried that this book of essays would be a similarly difficult read I am so glad that I didn't let these concerns stop me from reading The Voice That Thunders though Yes there are some intellectally challenging chapters that shows Garner's detailed knowledge of his subject but mostly it is a collection of talks that cannot fail you to write stories and enjoy words It's a book that I can't begin to count the number of times I uoted sections from it let alone the number of times I didn't because it wasn't convenient at the time and then I'd passed another half dozen of uotable passages An inspiring read

  6. Nigel Nigel says:

    Amazing collection of essays speeches and talks spanning than thirty years by Garner whose books I read and reread when I was young until I got to Red Shift which broke my brain in a good way This collection reflects his thinking on creativity and spirituality the relationship between language and landscape the functions and forms of myth his attitudes to his own books being used as educational tools and his own mental health problems and the high freuency of manic depression among writers poets and artists They are perfectly written passionate lucid and profound Used correctly I think they are a manual for the creative mind lessons for writers on engaging with their own work and through that their own histories

  7. Daniel Daniel says:

    as near to an autobiography as you can getreturna roughly chronological detail of the various things that have shaped alan garner's outlook and writingreturna pleasure to read in itself and also uite open and frank for an otherwise elusive writerreturna review can't really do it justice if you like his work then it should be on your bookshelfreturnreturnwill probably be of interest to folk who have a professional interest in books publishing and literature together with people with anthropology interests that overlap folklore mythology and man's place in the landscape

  8. Mark Redman Mark Redman says:

    The voice that thunders is a collection of essays written over two decades It’s a rich collection covering in the main his deep family connections to the landscape language archaeology myth education a spiritual uest and mental health At times this is a deep and absorbing read showing a great sense of time It is written in a clear style that brings value and insight into everything he writes A pure gem of a book and a spiritual journey

  9. Griflet Griflet says:

    It's taken me nearly a year to finish this I wanted to savour it I've not uite read a writer on writing like this before Compelling honest and in the chapter 'Hard Cases' uproariously funnyA beauty thingHighly recommended for those not in a tearing hurry

  10. John Park John Park says:

    This book of essays didn't give me uite what I was hoping for whatever that was but it's an interesting glimpse into the mind and life of Alan GarnerHe was born of a long line of craftsmen whose family had lived at Alderley Edge in Cheshire for at least four centuries He was the first not to work with his hands and to get an education regarded by the family as something like getting a car He harboured a brief and maybe not unrealistic ambition to become Professor of Greek at Oxford but was deflected by the related lures of personal freedom and fiction writingGarner has lived all his life near Alderley Edge now within sight of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope But his world reaches out in both space and time He has spent time in Russia cf Tom and Jan briefly speaking Russian in Red Shift and visited Australia to learn the Aboriginal view of the universe; he collects family oral history and communicates with academics about the Mabinogian He has helped trace the archaeology of Alderley Edge back to the bronze age In fact he seems to be a compulsive self educator He taught himself Welsh as background for The Owl Service the real life prototype of the scene in the Welsh grocery shop in that novel is probably better than fictional version with French restored to Greek among other changesWork on each of his novels begins with a period of research usually lasting several years It is then followed by a similar period of wretched self doubt until finally a spark flashes and triggers a crescendo of furious outputThe extremity of such emotional highs and lows was finally diagnosed as manic depression Like other such victims he tried and then rejected the offered medication working out his own internal processes for dealing with the low states He talks about psychotherapy and how it relates to the process of creationClearly Garner sees his writing as the search for and evocation of something mysterious and sacred He deeply values the effect of the arts particularly on the young; several of these essays are based on speeches given to educators But he is not always serious; a puckish humour flickers His initial reaction to being asked to give an acceptance speech for an award Awards are an irrelevant impertinence a distorting imposition on a book and I want every one I can getSo what did I find lacking among these essays Not surprisingly there is some repetition Some of his explorations of his own world view drift into obscurity One or two deliver less than they promise His account of his attempts to pin down the prehistorical basis for the genuine folk tale told at the start of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen produces some intriguing geographical connections and thematic echoes but then stops short Unlike most writers of his stature Garner seems to have avoided writing book reviews; and I would have liked to hear his thoughts on Tolkien Golding Le Guin Ballard Miéville Finally two uotes from his grandfather that summarise Garner's attitude to his own work and to craftsmanship in generalAlways take as long as the job tells you; because it'll be here when you're not and you don't want folk saying 'What fool made that codge'If the other feller can do it let him p 25

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