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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

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I saw a new (or at least reissued and redesigned) Bernard Capes collection in Waterstones today.
This actually belongs to a brand new line on such releases by HarperCollins, "Collins Chillers". Here's hoping that they'll go on with it, and that they'll maybe cover some older authors who weren't previously available on kindle or in cheap modern paperback editions.
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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

Did Champagne get round to reading that de la Mare book?

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

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Did Champagne get round to reading that de la Mare book?
Do you mean me, James? If so, yes, I did... didn't you see me rate it on Goodreads/Facebook? I thought it was pretty enjoyable, though to be honest in some ways I liked the Grabinski book I was reading at the same time better (The Dark Domain).

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Do you mean me, James? If so, yes, I did... didn't you see me rate it on Goodreads/Facebook?
I might have done. My memory is terrible due to my current meds.

I like Grabinski, but I like de la Mare even more. Tonight I am reading the de la Mare stories 'What Dreams May Come' and Music, which are the only stories from the Tartarus Strangers & Pilgrims book's contents I haven't reread a few times over.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

Well, it probably doesn't help that I post a lot on Facebook and Goodreads, so as a result sometimes things get swamped.

I think the reason why I liked the Grabinski more was a preference for his prose style and the fact that he seemed very sex-obsessed. But I certainly look forward to reading more of de la Mare's work in the future. In particular I liked "A:B:O.", "Out of the Deep," "Winter," "The Green Room," "All Hallows," "The Game at Cards," and "A Revenant." The only one in particular I didn't care for was "Crewe," which I felt rambled on for awhile and didn't amount to much of a pay-off (actually, I kind of felt the same way about "A Recluse").

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I think Walter had one of the finest prose styles in the English language, but it's hard to compare de la Mare's prose style with Grabinski's because I have only read a translation of the latter's.

Glad you enjoyed The Green Room, which never seems to get the praise it deserves. I consider Crewe and A Recluse to be examples of the perfect ghost story, but they at least are somewhat established as classics. The Green Room rarely gets noted.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

I just received my copy of Behold, This Dreamer! today. I was lucky to find a first American edition (1939) in very good condition.

One thing that struck me right away among the epigrams that accompany the first part, "Dream and Imagination", is an uncredited quotation from Novalis:

"Our life is no dream, but it should and perhaps will become one".

Since Novalis is a favorite of mine, I'd say the book is off to a very good start.
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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

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I'm still looking for more modern writers similar to Walter de la Mare, Robert Aickman and Shirley Jackson.
You might try David Lindsay's novel The Haunted Woman. Few, if any, other authors have cast such a powerful spell on the reader, as when we are led into a secret room, and looking out its window are transported back to an enchanted landscape of the 1700s.
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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

Anybody in London planning on attending this event? For lovers of de la Mare's poetry, it sounds interesting, would love a report.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

I seldom venture outside the Midlands. Would otherwise love to go.

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