Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Saxon's Bane

 Saxon's Bane by Geoffrey Grudgion
Loved the vulnerability of the protagonist. Enjoyed the strong female characters. Took pleasure in the puns and the imagery. Enjoyed stepping into small town, rural England. Enjoyed the mythological/historical background. Descriptions like 'morning light sharp enough to cut glass' and 'he parked her words in the mental corner as'...delightful details, nasty bad guys, a great tale written by a man who obviously loves women and has had an interesting experience with horses. A page turner. I read on a didn't realize there were so many pages. They flew past.
The Author obviously knew what Mishima had in mind as well!
Dreams, memories, the sacred--they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp.
Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified;
it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous.
Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch.
How strange man is!
His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.

Yukio Mishima