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The Man Whom the Trees Loved

Algernon Blackwood

Book Overview: 

The story of a man’s deep connection with nature and his wife’s fear of it.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .fear it was rather a liberty to take in another's house, perhaps," he answered courteously. "But, having chanced to wake, I saw the tree from my window, and made my way downstairs."

"It's a wonder Boxer didn't bit you; he sleeps loose in the hall," she said.

"On the contrary. The dog came out with me. I hope," he added, "the noise didn't disturb you, though it's rather late to say so. I feel quite guilty." His white teeth showed in the dusk as he smiled. A smell of earth and flowers stole in through the window on a breath of wandering air.

Mrs. Bittacy said nothing at the moment. "We both sleep like tops," put in her husband, laughing. "You're a courageous man, though, Sanderson, and, by Jove, the picture justifies you. Few artist would have taken so much trouble, though I read once that Holman Hunt, Rossetti, or some one of that lot, painted all night in his orchard to get an effect of moonlight that he w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

One of those that you don't realize is as frightening as it is... until you walk outside and the trees are making noises.

Algernon Blackwood explores so many topics that are usually found in occult textbooks - it is very rare to see ceremonial magick and metaphysical topics presented in novel format. I am completely addicted to Blackwood's novels and stories ;)

This book is based on the premise that nature is more po...more

I am a person who enjoys nature and would think I have a certain connexion to the those of the vegetable kingdom, however, I never before fathomed the intimacies one would have with trees until I read this novel. The beauty of the book is how they touched on the fallacies of religion, with the be...more

This author does atmosphere eeriness and melancholy well. This story is an example of some of his splendid works. Blackwood is a master word user and writes with wonderful prose.
There is one painter who has an obsession with the plant world, trees in particular. He loves them more than just artis...more

A man who loves nature and his wife, a woman who loves God and her husband, this long married couple living in a house near the edge of the forest in the English countryside. What a peaceful-sounding life and a wholesome, balanced relationship this scenario brings to mind--if only it were so. Not...more

Review from Badelynge
David Bittacy and his wife have been happily married for decades. Mr Bittacy has another love though. He loves nature. More specifically he loves trees. So when he discovers an artist who paints portraits of trees in a way that captures their individuality... their personalit...more

The Story Which the Trees Might Love

… because it is slow enough for them to follow it at their leisure.

Like The Wendigo, The Man Whom the Trees Loved is concerned with the unfathomed forces embodied in nature, forces that some men – and we do not know whether these are to be pitied or envied – ar...more

Algernon Blackwood, according to wiki, was "one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre." I don't usually read ghost stories, my imagination is too vivid and I end up more spooked than the spooks. But the title of this book intrigued me.

We first read about Sander...more

Of all stories by Algernon Blackwood that I've read so far, The Man Whom the Trees Loved is my least favorite. This is not to say that it's a completely bad one - I just didn't enjoy like the ones I read before it.

The Man Whom the Trees Loved is a weird tale, which can be seen as an early precurs...more

This story was first published in 1912, over 40 years before Tolkien described to us the lively trees of The Old Forest east of The Shire, or Treebeard and the Ents and Huorns of Fangorn Forest. In Algernon Blackwood's tale, an old gentleman living on the edge of The New Forest is turning treeish...more

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