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The Secret Glory

Arthur Machen

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A surprise that this book is so obscure. The writing and the story were magnificent. Machen may be the Welsh Poe.

Was Ambrose Meyrick insane or born in the wrong millennium?

A Welsh orphan, he went to live with his uncle at a public school in the industrialized midlands, where he was seen as a lazy, i

Es el primer libro que leo de Machen y me ha dejado una sensación de efervescencia en la cabeza. ¿Por qué? Bueno, básicamente porque adentrarme en él es como leer un nexo perdido necesario para entender el paso del paganismo y las tradiciones ocultistas que provenían de siglos atrás (y que conviven

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Fabulous piece of writing. It is really quite astounding that Machen is largely forgotten as a writer. In The Secret Glory, I particularly loved Machen's satirical social comments about the class system, Christian hypocrisy and the sadistic puritanism of English Public Schools. This isn't always an

I read this book hoping for a chilling and perverse supernatural horror. God bless me for I found a new joy.

This book have nothing like horror, is more in the vein of another Machen's book: ''The Hill of Dreams''. While that book deals with the coming of ages of a would-be-writer, Lucian Taylor and

Arthur Machen’s The Secret Glory follows the life of the young man Ambrose Meyrick, who at a young age is exposed to the strange, hidden mysticism of the San Graal by his father. We follow Ambrose through a hard, conventional public-school life, a life that tries to stifle his creativity and mystici

Not as perfect as The Hill of Dreams, but no less powerful and evocative a journey of mystical discovery. One of Machen's final great works (most fans agree he wrote the majority of his best material before World War 1) and only let down by a somewhat abrupt ending.

At this point in Machen's career

An interesting novel, though I wasn't as crazy about it as I was with The Hill of Dreams. I felt this novel lacked the focus of that other work, and felt a bit rambling and unstructured (though that was, at the same time, part of its charm). One of the most interesting aspects of the book was the fi

True Arthur Machen lovers know he wrote his best stuff before WW I began, so, if you are one of us, don't be put off by the fact that The Secret Glory was first published in 1922. It was actually written in 1907, and this first literary use of the theme of the Holy Grail surviving into modern times

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