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The Great Return

Arthur Machen

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. . .ound that he must have been referring to some local panic about signalling to the enemy; who had certainly torpedoed a ship or two off Lundy in the Bristol Channel. All that I had to go upon was the reference to the "remarkable occurrences" at some revival, and then that letter of Jackson's, which spoke of Llantrisant church as "reeking" with incense, a wholly incredible and impossible state of things. Why, old Mr. Evans, the rector, looked upon coloured stoles as the very robe of Satan and his angels, as things dear to the heart of the Pope of Rome. But as to incense! As I have already familiarly observed, I knew better.

But as a hard matter of fact, this may be worth noting: when I went over to Llantrisant on Monday, August 9th, I visited the church, and it was still fragrant and exquisite with the odour of rare gums that had fumed there.

Now I happened to have a slight acquaintance with the rector. He was a most courteous and delightful old man, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was kind of average, I expected more.

Offers promise - opening with the recollection of the Visit of the Tashai Llama in Reuters - then the narrator offers an outward, expository frame to digress into his tale of the mystical. Leaves more to be desired though, this being my first Machen. His lucid flow and equanimous prose make for qual

The writing is engaging though there's really not a payoff to this short story so it feels unfinished. Audible edition. Narrated by Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot.

A minor work, by Machen's standards. Which obviously means it's a bazillion times better than almost anything by his peers, if he even had peers. This starts with a three-line Reuters clipping about Tibet and ends with the Mass of the Sangraal, and it gets from one to the other via a route only Mach

As a long-term Machen fan, this is a re-read of I don’t know how many times and is one of Machen’s more mystically/mystery inclined pieces.

The unnamed narrator might as well be the author when he says “ The ordinary man, in the ordinary passage of his life, accepts in main the evidence of his sense

A beautiful (and brief) attempt to imagine the visitation of a holy power.

I may be being unnecessarily harsh here, but I think that what I responded to in this story has more to do with the setting - with memories of the extraordinary blue-white-gold-green of a Welsh Summer by the sea - than it does with the story - an account of miraculous occurrences in a small communit

Arthur Machen utiliza o artifício do jornalista que investiga estranhas ocorrências para reviver aspectos das lendas arturianas neste conto que nos leva a visitar uma plácida vila galesa à beira mar onde, no meio das trevas da I guerra, ocorre um curioso surto de bonomia. O interessante nesta obra é