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The Five Jars

M. R. James

Book Overview: 

The Five Jars is the only novel written by James, who is best known for his ghost stories. It is a peculiarly surreal fantasy apparently written for children. While he is out walking, the narrator is drawn to a remote pool, and finds a small box that has been hidden since Roman times. He gradually learns how to use its contents, fighting off a series of attempts to steal it, and becomes aware of a strange world hidden from our own.

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Book Excerpt: 
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[39] Number one (after laughing rather longer than I thought kind): “Look here—don't chuck it away—let's give it to the old man. Here—shove the piece in again and rub it over—here he is!” (Very demurely): “O sir, we've got such a nice-looking——” (I could not catch what it was) “here; we thought you might perhaps like it, sir. Would you, sir?… Oh no, thank you, sir, we've had plenty, sir, but this was the biggest we found.”

A third voice said something; it was a deeper one and less easy to hear.

Number two: “Bitten, sir? Oh no, I don't think so. Do you ——?” (a name which I did not make out).

Number one: “Why, how could it be?”

Number three again—angry, I thought.

Number two (rather anxiously): “But, sir, really, sir, I don't much like them.… Must I really, sir?&. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A magical fantasy novella with a very dreamy atmosphere and setting, almost not scary at all, at least not creepy and not ghostly as one could expect from a work by M. R. James. I enjoyed the humorous writing and the multitude of magical and supernatural voices that one hears reading it, e.g. when t

Pesado e Infantil, no cuadra esas dos cosas juntas.

The Five Jars is something of an oddity in the oeuvre of the great ghost story writer and medieval scholar, M.R. James. Unmarried and childless though he was, he nonetheless took a godfatherly interest in his friend's daughter Jane and was therefore inspired to write this short children's fantasy no

I'm not sure what I think of this book so far. I'll keep reading and let you know.

I'm really not sure what my thoughts were about this book. It was really an odd book. I'm going to have to think about this one and get back to my review.

After giving this much thought I liked the book, it was odd and

Un hombre decide seguir el ruido que causan las aguas del río y entonces descubre una caja que contiene cinco frascos. Cada frasco tiene magia que le otorgará poderes gracias a los cuales descubrirá maravillas inimaginables. Sin embargo no todo es miel sobre hojuelas y tendrá que vérselas con cri

El erudito Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), pese a ser un arqueólogo y académico de prestigio, preboste en Eaton y vinculado a la universidad de Cambridge, siempre será recordado por sus cuentos de fantasmas, en los que marcó un antes y un después. Inédita hasta ahora en español, nos llega ‘Los ci

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