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Old 06-02-2007, 07:45 AM   #1
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Lindsay, David: The Haunted Woman. v1. 02 June 07

I loved David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus, and have this title in hardcover. While not as engaging as Arturus [I'm working on this as an upload], it is still very much interesting.

Here's what two people had to say about The Haunted Woman:

"This is the second novel from the author of 'A Voyage to Arcturus'. It is set in English middle-class society in the 1920's, but a thread of weird, metaphysical fantasy runs through it, making it as much of an oddity (albeit in a more conventional setting) than the author's first work. It is a strange, subtle book; and for those who are used to modern fantasy literature, it may come as something of a disappointment. But David Lindsay's vision of a higher reality is so compelling that even in this lesser work, it shines through, making the experience of reading the book a memorable one. One strange thing about this book is its 'haunting' quality. After the initial reading you may very well put it aside, thinking you will soon forget it ..... but you won't. I guarantee it!"



"David Lindsay's vision in The Haunted Woman (1922) is a strange and personal one, but very different from the alien landscapes of his earlier and better- known novel A Voyage to Arcturus. Set in the Sussex Downland of the 1920s, The Haunted Woman tells of Isbel Loment's strange experiences at Runhill Court, a house with ancient origins. Ascending a staircase that few can see, she meets the owner of the house, Henry Judge, in rooms which seem to exist only in another dimension. As with Lindsay's other novels, The Haunted Woman was appreciated by few in his lifetime. But in recent decades readers and critics have come to recognise how remarkable Lindsay's strange, metaphysical writings really are. Outwardly more conventional than A Voyage to Arcturus, The Haunted Woman nevertheless offers a glimpse of a supernatural world, hinting at alternative existences, whilst remaining a very readable novel of mystery and romance."

I hope you enjoy it.

Don
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