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The Great God Pan (Library of Wales) (1894 original; edició 2010)

de Arthur Machen

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'I will not read it; I should never sleep again' A doctor performs an experiment on a young woman that goes horribly wrong, and a series of increasingly strange events follow- sinister woodland rituals, disappearances, suicides... Viewed as immoral and decadent on first publication in 1894, Machen's weird tale has since established itself as a classic of its genre and has been described by Stephen King as 'one of the best horror stories ever written. Maybe the best in the English language'. The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.… (més)
Membre:ToddSherman
Títol:The Great God Pan (Library of Wales)
Autors:Arthur Machen
Informació:Parthian Books (2010), Paperback, 120 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***
Etiquetes:fragmented narrative, atmospheric, Welsh countryside, "The Green Book" from "The White People" brilliant section

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The Great God Pan de Arthur Machen (1894)

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    Revival de Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: King says in the epigraph to Revival that this story has haunted him all his life.
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Experimental brain surgery unleashes unspeakable, indescribable evil on the world.

Trouble is it's so unspeakable and indescribable I have no idea what it is except that the sight of it reduces people to gibbering idiots or makes them commit suicide. I recognise the story as a classic but it doesn't do anything for me, sorry. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 15, 2020 |
Please note I have this story 3.5 stars and rounded it to 4 stars on Goodreads.

I initially picked this to read for my classic horror square, but read something else instead. I still think this is a good short story to read that is not too gory for the non-horror reader group.

Written in 1894, "The Great God Pan" created a hysterical stir for being seen as degenerate writing that depicted sexual situations that just were not talked about in polite circles.

I guess those Victorians were super sensitive because I'm not seeing that here. Machen makes a lot of illusions in his writing, but doesnt come out and say anything. I think people's imaginations once again showed them how terrible things could possibly be and it freaked them out.

The story begins with a doctor named Raymond conducting an experiment on a young woman named Mary (love the Biblical significance) and has his friend Clarke there as well. Doctor Raymond simply treats Mary like a frog in an experiment and doesn't think she has much to object to and even if she does, who cares. After the experiment Mary is left terrified and unable to communicate. It's implied she is addled in some way as well.

The story jumps around from there and it focuses on a young woman named Helen (Helen of Troy perhaps?) who lives with a family in a wooded area and is gone for hours at a time. Rumors circulate about her and as a reader, you realize that something is not quite right with Helen.

I found the plot a bit odd because it didn't make any sense how this experiment opened a doorway into anything. I did like how in the end the author finally shows you why it jumped around it did for the final reveal. I did thing the long monologue at the beginning was boring as anything. It was pretty much screaming man who thinks he knows everything is thumbing his nose at danger.

I wish we had gotten a better sense of Pan. For me I think of the half faun creature playing a reed pipe. Who knew it was a sinister God here to stalk mankind.

I thought it was an okay short story, but wish it had delved more into the character of Helen instead of her being described by a bunch of men.

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  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Suggestive maiden
does things we can't even say
trust us, she's evil. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Picking up the old horror classics and working my way through them, I hope to find some real gems that do better than contemporaries. Of course, fiction is fiction and it always changes with time; all styles die. It had the feel of all good ghost stories, without actually being a ghost story. I had to compare it with similar titles, like Prometheus Unbound, or Dracula, and it just felt tired.

Not bad, just not very revealing or deep. It's a good book for a day you want to relax and flow into a story without much surprise, and yet, written well enough to be a classic.

Poor, much maligned Pan, the degradation s/he must endure in our modern, godless world; I pity thee.
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
An exceptional, suspenseful story that prickles the imagination. Beyond its time, certainly, but a classic horror nonetheless. ( )
  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
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"I am glad you came, Clarke; very glad indeed. I was not sure you could spare the time."
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"As you know, I rescued Mary from the gutter, and from almost certain starvation, when she was a child; I think her life is mine, to use as I feel fit."
We know what happened to those who chanced to meet the Great God Pan, and those who are wise know that all symbols are symbols of something, not of nothing.
And I forgot, as I have just said, that when the house of life is thus thrown open, there may enter in that for which we have no name, and human flesh may become the veil of a horror one dare not express.
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The first "chapter" was originally a standalone short story (and is still sometimes anthologised as such), which was published in 1890. Machen then expanded the story to novella length, publishing it under the same title in 1894. This LT Work is the novella
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'I will not read it; I should never sleep again' A doctor performs an experiment on a young woman that goes horribly wrong, and a series of increasingly strange events follow- sinister woodland rituals, disappearances, suicides... Viewed as immoral and decadent on first publication in 1894, Machen's weird tale has since established itself as a classic of its genre and has been described by Stephen King as 'one of the best horror stories ever written. Maybe the best in the English language'. The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

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