Exploring possibilities…

Castle Dor – Beautifully written, a lyrical song about Cornwall. If you want to extend your vocabulary, read this! Daphne du Maurier doesn’t disappoint even though she only wrote about half of the novel. The tale is seamless, you cannot tell where Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s text finishes and du Maurier’s begins.
I liked the irony within the plot which tells of very few male authors actually finishing the writing of Isolde & Tristan. I think though that Sir Arther deliberately didn’t finish the novel so that he would go down as one of the great authors of the legend who didn’t complete his work!
I think some knowledge of the legend of Isolde and Tristan is needed to fully appreciate this novel. I have some background in Celtic legend and was able to identify with the authors’ intent.
Set in the mid-1800s this tale explores the possibility that when great events take place they impress themselves on the very land itself so that the memory of these events takes place again and again with each passing generation.
It is NOT a story about reincarnation. The plot is too complex for that. It’s about exploring possibilities and how, if the land’s memories are strong enough, no-one can resist their pull.
Different and inspiring.
© Freya Pickard 2013
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