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Wood and Stone

John Cowper Powys

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It must be noted, that in the centre of the north garden of Nevilton House, surrounded by cypress-bordered lawns and encircled by a low hedge of carefully clipped rosemary, was a deep round pond.

This pond, built entirely of Leonian stone, lent itself to the playing of a splendid fountain—a fountain which projected from an ornamental island, covered with overhanging ferns.

The fountain only played on state occasions, and the coolness and depth of the water, combined with the fact that the pond had a stone bottom, gave the place admirable possibilities for bathing. Gladys herself, full of animal courage and buoyant energy, had made a custom during the recent hot weather of rising from her bed early in the morning, before the servants were up, and enjoying a matutinal plunge.

She was a practised swimmer and had been lately learning to dive; and the sensation of slipping out of the silent house, garbed in a bathing-dress, with sandals on. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An excellent book. His descriptions of nature are amazing. Stumbled across this author somehow and am thrilled to have done so. Would pick it up and read again right now but for the fact I started Wolf Solent.

this feels a bit like a trial run for a glastonbury romance even though it's about 15 years before that one was written. it's smaller in scope though, and feels closer to his 19th century influences than the later books do. his style is pretty much all in place even at this stage but it feels a bit

A book I would like to like and appreciate more, but I just can't.

For some reason, I never grasped the characters. I got confused with their names and characteristics, and it was just scene after scene of some people talking strangely with each other. Being a long book with rather little plot (there

Remarkable first novel - full of memorable characters such that even reading this book over 3 months, due to time restrictions, I never lost track of them or the plot. JCP constantly explains the deeper psychological causes for characters actions and makes them so real and understandable compared sa

These are my thoughts regarding, Wood and Stone by JCP (or Everything and the kitchen sink.)

Heaven help us! It is easy enough to criticize the lath and plaster which, in so many books, takes the place of flesh and blood…" (from the Preface)

I finished reading this a week ago and have been letting th

Reading this novel, the first one written by John Cowper Powys (JCP), my favorite author, was a fascinating experience. I had read elsewhere that this book and his other two early novels were terrible and not worth reading, his first great work being Wolf Solent. However he wrote it right after his