The Incomer

Margaret Elphinstone


The Incomer

The Incomer

  • Title: The Incomer
  • Author: Margaret Elphinstone
  • ISBN: 9780704340701
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback



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


Recent Comments "The Incomer"

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 [...]

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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