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Early rising and productivity

November 16th, 2006 (11:03 am)
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Getting up in the morning is something I'm managing at the start of the week, when I have a tutorial to prepare for the Tuesday, but still flagging at in the second half. Self-discipline still required... and not helped by a new entry in my occasional scheme to read the books I didn't read in childhood, The Owl Service by Alan Garner, half of which was devoured at about 3am this morning...

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Posted by: tovaglia (tovaglia)
Posted at: November 16th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)

Ooh, I remember reading that when I was 7. Had absolutely no clue what was going on, but I loved it anyway.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 16th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Fredcello

I've finished it now - and I wasn't disappointed. I hadn't greatly taken in what I've since read is the 'background triangle' of Nancy, Huw and Clive, other than noting that there is a Clive:Alison tension as well, but the sense of a disconnection from the modern snowballs until the climax. Sadly the television adaptation, which I haven't seen, isn't commercially available; the script was written by Alan Garner himself.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: November 20th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)

The Owl Service was mostly my favourite Alan Garner, though sometimes The Moon of Gomrath drew neck and neck with it. I still tend to think of owls and flowers together.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 21st, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
parrot

There's a dim review somewhere on the internet which misses the texture of the novel almost entirely - I think this is it.