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A Prisoner in Fairyland (original 1913; edition 2003)

by Algernon Blackwood (Author)

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Title:A Prisoner in Fairyland
Authors:Algernon Blackwood (Author)
Info:Wildside Press (2003), 344 pages
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A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood (1913)



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I believe inherited this from my father and I have never read it through. Dipping into it lately, it is not as grim as I somehow expected, but rather twee. It reminds me a bit of Sylvie and Bruno in that it seems to be a mix of fantasy with a rather saccharine conventional novel. ( )
  antiquary | Nov 25, 2016 |
I began reading this, and quite honestly I was inclined, on putting it down when I arrived at a station, not to pick it up again. It's that genre of wordy, ambience-focused novel full of sentiment and petty philosophy, reading like Hans Christian Anderson or some other moralistic fairy-tale, and generally not really going anywhere.

However, I did pick it up briefly just to confirm that before striking it from my list, and found myself reading another page or ten. Then I felt like I couldn't just quickly skim it, as I'd intended, but needed to somehow do justice to it by slow careful reading of the prose, which is the meat and merit of the thing if it has any, and I ought to put it by for the next day. There's something to it at least, however prosy it might be - something that feels to me like it deserves a fair reading on its own lights, not a hasty dismissal.

I did read on without much trouble, and found it a gentle, relaxing read when I was in the right mood. It's something to while away a long winter evening, with a mug of tea to hand and maybe a crackling fire. Eventually though, that long gentleness undermines it. I didn't feel any particular pull to find out what happened, because there was no real sense that anything was happening - it's more like a very long vignette than a story per se. I'm sure there's some kind of resolution, but I felt content to assume it was one of the standard Andersenian morals and leave it at that. Maybe I'll come back to it one day. ( )
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Though recognized primarily as a writer of 'weird' horror fiction for adults, Algernon Blackwood also wrote a number of delightful tales for children and young adults. A Prisoner in Fairyland is an engaging and imaginative romp through a mystical dimension that served as the basis for the popular children's play The Starlight Express.… (more)

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