The Incomer

We are the land The elements that created the land live in our bodies We are born, we bring to birth, and we die, and the land takes us There is no difference What is done to us is also done to the land, and what is done to the land is the thing which is done to us There is nothing else Naomi, the enigmatic fiddler, arrives in Clachanpluck, bringing her music and thWe are the land The elements that created the land live in our bodies We are born, we bring to birth, and we die, and the land takes us There is no difference What is done to us is also done to the land, and what is done to the land is the thing which is done to us There is nothing else Naomi, the enigmatic fiddler, arrives in Clachanpluck, bringing her music and the ominous potential of an incomer Her unexpected arrival enriches this remote forest village even as she disrupts it This is a story of an all consuming love of the land the power of friendship the seasonal round of creation and death and the physical thrill of storm and rhythm, fire and candlelight The impending sense of catastrophe global and personal which haunts this world, finally erupts in violence trust and love are the casualties The Incomer follows in the tradition of the ballads fantasy gilds the mundane and the ordinary is made extraordinary A beautifully imagined society with its holistic pantheism and imbued with the sense of the power of music The Scotsman An immensely satisfying book to read because of its rich symbolism and allegorical qualities.In reading a book such as this with the female re instated, we realise how much of woman and her psyche has been expunged from Western literature Cencrastus
The Incomer We are the land The elements that created the land live in our bodies We are born we bring to birth and we die and the land takes us There is no difference What is done to us is also done to the la

  • Title: The Incomer
  • Author: Margaret Elphinstone
  • ISBN: 9780704340701
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Margaret Elphinstone

    Margaret Elphinstone born 1948 in Kent, England is a Scottish novelist.She studied at Queen s College in London and Durham University She was until recently, Professor of Writing in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, now retired Her academic research areas are Scottish writers and the literature of Scotland s offshore islands.She did extensive study tours in Iceland, Greenland, Labrador and the United States She lived for eight years in the Shetland Islands and is the mother of two children.

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    • Sadie Slater said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:27 AM

      It must be very nearly thirty years since I found a copy of Margaret Elphinstone's The Incomer in the local library. I was a science-fiction loving teenager who was passionate about feminism, and the Women's Press's SF imprint was a sure sign that a book would be relevant to my interests, so of course I snapped it up. Somewhat unexpectedly, it ended up having a profound influence on me; among other things, it was the book that first introduced me to T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, and I also remembe [...]

    • Kat said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:27 AM

      While certainly readable I found this a little too vague. It paints an interesting picture of life in a particular small village, and it has a dreamlike quality that I often enjoy in SF - but I feel that either it was fractionally too aimless or that I missed the point.

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