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The Man Whom the Trees Loved

Algernon Blackwood

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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

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

رواية غريبة ... رعب من نوع غريب ... قد أتفهم رعب صوفيا حقا فبعض الأشخاص يخافون الطبيعة فعلا وعرفت بعض الأشخاص الذين خافون بل يرتعبون من البحر ليلا وهناك من لا يحبون مثلا منظر الجبال بسبب الخوف أيضا وعليه فالغابة ليلا قد تكون فعلا مقبضة ومخيفة والعزلة قد تكون مرهقة للعقل ... بالتأكيد كانت صوفيا ذات ع

رواية "الغابة السوداء" للكاتب البريطاني "ألجرنون بلاكوود" هي واحدة من روايات الرُعب النفسي الممزوج بالماورائيات.. فلو دققت النظر في الأحداث جيداً ستجد نفسك أمام إحتمالين أما أن تلك الأحداث تحدث فعلاً، أو أنها مُلفقة.. بسبب أوهام الشخصيات. فهُناك حد فاصل بين الإحتمالين تمشي عليه الرواية حتى النهاية ل

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 artistic

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 in

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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 personality e

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 – are a

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 Sanderson

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 precursor

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. H

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