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The Man Whom the Trees Loved, by Algernon Blackwood, Reviewed.

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Modern readers may find this short novel too wordy, which is a shame, as it’s a well-told story. But it is undeniably written in the style of its age, with a good deal of description and not a great amount of action.

The central characters are all very fully drawn and their interactions are beautifully set out on the page. This is a strange tale, founded in the paranormal genre, but bordering on horror and definitely laced with subtle menace. The God’s eye point of view won’t be to everyone’s taste, but this is, again, a feature of the period in which the story was written. I found it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

It’s a strangely compelling tale, and not one to be read alone whilst in the middle of a forest. Atmospheric and thoughtful, the story relies quite heavily on religious imagery that some modern readers may find irritating. I’m an agnostic but found I was able to dismiss these references quite easily and without spoiling the story.

So, a difficult one to recommend, but worth considering, even if only as an example of a literary form no longer in vogue.

2 Responses to “The Man Whom the Trees Loved, by Algernon Blackwood, Reviewed.”

  1. Mick Canning

    Thanks, Stuart. I haven’t come across this one before, but like the sound of it. At one time I used to read a lot of H.P.Lovecraft, and I believe that Blackwood’s writing is quite similar in style and subject matter (I have read one or two of his short stories, but too long ago to remember details).

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