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  Guardian Unlimited Books | Authors | Garner, Alan
Garner says he avoids fiction for fear of unconsciously adopting other writers' ideas, and went straight from reading comics to Latin and Greek.
He considers his spare style to be influenced by "the strength and directness of the sound of Latin, its economy of structure, and by the subtleties of thought required for the writing of Greek, where the language tends to hint rather than to be explicit".
Alan Garner was the first in his family to attend secondary school, but later dropped out of Oxford to write.
books.guardian.co.uk /authors/author/0,5917,1048210,00.html   (856 words)

 Review from In Dissent: Cooper Renner
Garner's reticence--which is cinematographic--forces the reader to leave off intellectualizing and analyzing and to enter the events unfolding in Garner's words.
But because Garner refuses to explain, and because what he is narrating is so unusual and original, the reader's empathy remains squarely with the characters in their sufferings and triumphs and not with the reader's personalization of them.
Garner's method is again cinematic, sharply limited to that which could easily be conveyed on film, by which Garner creates the same effect that moves through Strandloper: the reader must attend strictly to the events unfolding before his mind's eye.
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 Manchester novelists and writers include Howard Spring, James Hilton, Alan Garner of Owl Service fame and Sir Neville ...
Alan Garner was born in Congleton in Cheshire on 17 October 1934, and spent most of his childhood days in Alderley Edge.
Garner was awarded an OBE in 2001 for his services to literature.
Alan Garner continues to live in Cheshire and is married with five children from his two marriages.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | England's time lord
Garner's father was a house painter from a family of local craftsmen.
Garner left Oxford aged 22 in 1956 but returns later this month for an Alan Garner Day staged by the Bodleian Library to mark its official receipt of his papers.
Garner's prose is reduced to a deeply satisfying simplicity that nevertheless yields almost endlessly layered readings and Garner identifies the quartet as the work he has been happiest with.
books.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,,1327422,00.html   (4045 words)

 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Garner Alan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Garner, Alan (1934-), British author of books for children.
Garner was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford University where he read classics....
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 Alan Garner
Garner is one of those writers who, though mostly aiming at children and young adults, produces books which are readable by anyone who is prepared to suspend disbelief and enjoy fantasy.
Garner's ever-present themes of mixing time and the power in the land are never better, and the conclusion is balanced on a knife edge.
Garner's first children's book, a fast-moving fantasy adventure when two children move from suburbia to a farm in the country and discover the strange underground world in the copper mines of Alderly Edge.
www.cul.co.uk /books/sfauth17.htm   (872 words)

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Argues that "Alan Garner's use of myths and folk-tales contrib utes little more than furniture to his novels." Discusses The Weird stone of Brisingamen, Moon of Gomrath, Elidor, and The Owl Service.
Examines Garner's criticism of himself and others and urges the reader to beware of accepting these comments at face value as criti cism of Garner's work.
Explores Garner's use of the imagery of myth as a means of transcending various levels of experience.
www.unm.edu /~lhendr/author/author3.54.html   (1087 words)

 The Moon of Gomrath--Alan Garner
Alan Garner is a writer whose novels for young people I discovered as an adult, through his wonderful The Owl Service (still my favorite among all his books, midway between the relatively traditional narratives of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, and the highly compressed and elliptical style of Red Shift).
Garner's immersion in folklore and mythology is evident in all his books, but nowhere more than in The Moon of Gomrath and its predecessor, in which familiar elements of British folklore are assembled into spellbinding tales of magic and adventure.
Garner is a master at evoking both the wonder and terror of the mythical forces that hide behind the mundane surface of the world, and remain largely beyond human comprehension even when directly encountered.
www.sff.net /people/VictoriaStrauss/ReviewMoon.html   (520 words)

 Alan Garner:  Strandloper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alan Garner’s Strandloper tells the tale of William Buckley, an eighteenth century Cheshireman who was sentenced to transportation to Australia.
Garner’s characters speak in the dense dialects of rural England which are frequently difficult to understand, especially when the words appear to be gibberish.
Although the dialogue on the ship is still difficult to follow, Garner manages to create several distinct characters who are en route to their destiny, ranging from the educated Jeremiah to the opportunist Renter.
www.sfsite.com /~silverag/garner.html   (428 words)

 Alan Garner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alan Garner is a unique writer, skilfully crafting his text with painstaking care.
His voice is without equal in modern England — a tongue married to a landscape and culture — that of my childhood — subtly expressing, through idiom and cadence, the richness of local dialect and tradition, avoiding the patronising but full and true.
In four short novellas the story of Garner's family from mid-19th century to a Second World War childhood is related in a language as carefully crafted as the church masonry of his great grandfather.
andrew.dale.free.fr /favourites/garner.htm   (776 words)

Introduction: Alan Garner needs interviewing for the readers of elimae for two reasons -- first, because he is quite clearly one of the few great writers of English to emerge after World War II, and second, because most American readers either know nothing about his work or only remember reading his work in childhood.
Alan Garner: The French analytical linguistic philosophers irritate me, since I don't like to be defined, and thereby limited, for the reader; but it is no more than that.
Alan Garner: Shropshire is contiguous with Cheshire, to the south, and shares much the same qualities of light, landscape and speech.
www.elimae.com /interviews/garner.html   (2608 words)

 Alan Garner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alan Garner (born Congleton October 17, 1934) is an English writer whose work is firmly rooted in his local Cheshire.
His more recent work (Strandloper, Thursbitch) is more specifically intended for adult readers, while the earlier The Stone Book Quartet (which received the Phoenix Award in 1996) is poetic in style and inspiration.
Garner pays particular attention to language, and strives to render the cadence of the Cheshire tongue in modern English.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alan_Garner   (329 words)

 Alan Garner, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and The Moon of Gomrath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Garner wanders easily between the rational and the instinctive approach to life, just as the children weave in and out of the otherworld, a distinction that seems to be more associated with who one knows or confronts (the elves, the Gaberlunzie, the palugs) than where one happens to be.
Garner does not mean for the experiences of childhood or the simple rationale of the child to be left behind and abandoned.
Garner puts just enough hints into the story and scholarly references at the end, to enable the older reader to follow in his tracks, and revisit the conversations in the subtext.
www.greenmanreview.com /adderlytales.html   (1224 words)

 Directory - Arts: Literature: Authors: G: Garner, Alan
Alan Garner was born in his grandmother's front room in Congleton, Cheshire on 17th October 1934, and grew up in Alderley Edge, where his father's family have lived for more than three hundred years, being craftsmen in the area.
Alan Garner  · cached · Provides biography, bibliography, criticism, and links to other sites about the British writer.
Interview with Alan Garner  · cached · From Raymond H. Thompson's "Interviews with Authors of Modern Arthurian Literature".
www.incywincy.com /default?p=796059   (213 words)

 Search Results for alan - Encyclopædia Britannica
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 Biography Alan Garner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alan Garner is an Ingham County cash crop farmer.
Garner is a graduate of Dansville Agricultural High School and Michigan State University, where he earned an ag tech certification in 1977.
Garner became a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau in 1977, which marked the start of his active involvement in the organization.
www.michiganfarmbureau.com /press/bios/alan_garner.php   (166 words)

 In honour of Alan Garner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Although Alan does not court the title 'children's writer', it is fair to say that his works have a strong readership among both the presently and the formerly young; and it is therefore fitting that his papers should come to an institution that already has a worldwide reputation for its scholarly collections of children's writings.
Alan Garner's papers therefore find themselves in distinguished company, and we believe they will settle in very comfortably in their new surroundings.
But, as the papers of a writer whose inspiration is drawn as much from history and landscape as from literature, Alan's archive will arguably be equally at home alongside the Bodleian's great historical materials.
www.bodley.ox.ac.uk /librarian/garner/garner.htm   (515 words)

 The SF Site Featured Review: Elidor
Alan Garner is the award-winning author of The Moon of Gomrath, Elidor, The Owl Service, and most recently, Strandloper.
Garner's vision of faery is wondrous and even beautiful, but always strange and often fearful.
This consistent sense of the harshness of myth, of the alienness of magic, is one of the most characteristic qualities of Garner's writing, and lends his reworking of legend great power and uniqueness.
www.sfsite.com /08a/eli62.htm   (883 words)

 Owldaughter Read - Owl Service book review
It can hang around in the back of your mind for years after you've read it, not because it was shocking or dreadfully emotional, but because of the simplicity with which it is told and the subtlety with which the message is conveyed.
Alan Garner writes for young adults, using themes of ancient legend recreated in the present day.
Garner uses Anglo-Celtic themes, and one of the satisfying things about it is that he refuses to be bound by the sanitized, French 14th century versions of the Arthurian sagas.
www.owldaughter.org /articles/garner.html   (1951 words)

 Strandloper (Alan Garner) - book review
This is a plot with obvious potential, but what Garner does with it is completely original: in Strandloper he has produced one of the most innovative novels in years.
It is dominated by dialogue (and some stream of consciousness) and Garner reproduces a multitude of voices with their colloquial idioms: we begin in the Cheshire countryside, with characters speaking dialect English; on board ship we add to this thieves' cant, Irish brogue, and even Latin; and in Australia words from various Aboriginal languages.
Garner's earlier children's novels demonstrated his affinity for English folklore and myth; in Strandloper he demonstrates an equally impressive feel for Aboriginal culture.
dannyreviews.com /h/Strandloper.html   (335 words)

 ttgapers.com store - The Moon of Gomrath - Alan Garner - Product Details   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Garner's writing remains poignant and rather saddening -- the elves are sickening, Susan is forever changed by the golden bracelet and her possession, and the industrial world is slowly driving away past magic.
It is a pity that Garner's books, faring less well than 'The Hobbit', dropped off the literary radar in the 1980's, but with the benefit of Potter power they are now back in style with new artwork on the cover.
Garner's special art is to take a basic swords-and-sorcery story and elevate it into a poetry-and-powers myth with gritty heroes and terrifying villains who hard to defeat and not always easy to spot.
www.ttgapers.com /ttStore-index2-asin-0007127871.html   (1139 words)

 SF REVIEWS.NET: The Owl Service / Alan Garner
As with a lot of Garner's work, I've seen folks who are acquainted with his references describe this as a masterpiece.
Anyway, it turns out that the plates — which bear curious drawings of leaves and owls — are linked to an olde local legend about a young girl who was magically brought to life out of flowers, and how she spurned her lover for another man, leading to the expected tragic confrontation.
Garner's story is long on atmosphere, but so short on story substance that it ends up bearing more than a passing resemblance to a dream: eerie, intriguing, illogical, and almost entirely forgotten once it is over.
www.sfreviews.net /owlservice.html   (360 words)

 Red Shift by Alan Garner, a book review for readingmatters.co.uk
Here, Alan Garner tells us that the survivors of the Legion went native, that is, disguised themselves as native tribesmen and went into hiding.
Alan Garner didn't really explain things in detail, which was good 'cos it kept you guessing.
Alan Garner has written quite a few other books, but nothing quite like this.
www.readingmatters.co.uk /book.php?id=28   (808 words)

 Reading Groups | Guides and Discussion on New and Favorite Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Lad Of The Gad by Alan Garner
In 'The Lad of the Gad' Alan Garner has reworked five stories from the Gaelic layers of British folktale.
Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books.
www.readinggroups.co.uk /books/default.aspx?id=-2283   (227 words)

 Alan Garner
Alan Garner is a British writer whose work is firmly rooted in his local Cheshire culture, both linguistically and thematically.
His early writing was mainly for children and could be ascribed to the category of fantasy fiction, though he rejects any ghettoization of his work.
The text of this article is licensed under the GFDL.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/al/Alan_Garner.html   (149 words)

 Alan Garner, The Owl Service   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Garner weaves a tale from the Welsh mythological cycle The Mabinogian into the lives of three teenagers brought together in a valley in Wales.
Garner makes her somewhat more sympathetic in his retelling, pointing out that she had no choice in the matter.
Garner's novel captures the imagination with a compelling original story and a satisfying internal puzzle which is challenging but not impossible to unravel for oneself.
www.rambles.net /garner_owl.html   (340 words)

 Review Alan. Garner - Computer Toaster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alan Garner in no way talks down to his target audience and here he produced possibly his best work with a plot that demands the reader's attention.
Perhaps the biggest problem with Alan Garner's Alderly tales is that there are only two.
Alan "Weirdstone of Brisingamen," a spellbinding story in the true tradition of imaginative and inventive fantasy.
computertoaster.com /reviews/authorsearch_Alan.%20Garner/mode_books   (571 words)

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