Is not this, perhaps, the secret of every true and great mystery, that it is simple? Does it not love secrecy for that very reason? Proclaimed, it were but a word; kept silent it is being. And a miracle too, in the sense that being with all its paradoxes is miraculous. C. Kerenyi, Introduction to a Science of Mythology
Reality favours symmetries and slight anachronisms. Jorge Luis Borges, The South
In that part of the world the sky is everywhere, and the entire landscape seems to lie in abasement under its exacting light.
Edward was right: it was getting late, Laura was waiting for us, he needed rest, and I had a long journey ahead of me; and once you begin to admit the truth there is no ending.
In Lindsay Clarke's second novel, which won a Whitbread Prize in 1989, alchemy infuses the language and imagery of a tale that unfolds as two separate stories. In the first sequence, a poet named Alex Darken falls into an abusive, yet obsessive triangle with an alcoholic elderly poet and a beautiful, troubled psychic. Together they pursue the alchemical and personal secrets of the spirited Louisa Agnew, the central character of the second story. Louisa is a woman devoted to a self-centered father whose fascination with the hermetic arts forces her to confront her own dark side and her feelings for a tormented minister. As the characters struggle for wholeness of spirit, they each uncover their hidden potential for passion and violence.
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In a dazzling weave of story and character, The Chymical Wedding tells two parallel and interconnected tales--one set in the late 1840's, one in the 1980's, both played out in the same English village.