Gone to Earth

Gone to Earth The daughter of a Welsh gypsy and a crazy bee keeper Hazel Woodus is happiest living in her forest cottage in the remote Shropshire hills at one with the winds and seasons protector and friend of t

The daughter of a Welsh gypsy and a crazy bee keeper, Hazel Woodus is happiest living in her forest cottage in the remote Shropshire hills, at one with the winds and seasons, protector and friend of the wild animals she loves But Hazel s beauty and innocence prove irresistible to the men in her orbit Both Jack Reddin, the local squire and Edward Marston, the gentle minisThe daughter of a Welsh gypsy and a crazy bee keeper, Hazel Woodus is happiest living in her forest cottage in the remote Shropshire hills, at one with the winds and seasons, protector and friend of the wild animals she loves But Hazel s beauty and innocence prove irresistible to the men in her orbit Both Jack Reddin, the local squire and Edward Marston, the gentle minister, offer her human love Hazel s fate unfolds as simply and relentlessly as a Greek tragedy, as a child of nature is drawn into a world of mortal passion in which she must eternally be a stranger.

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  1. Mary Webb 1881 1927 was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose novels were set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew and loved well Although she was acclaimed by John Buchan and by Rebecca West, who hailed her as a genius, and won the Prix Femina of La Vie Heureuse for Precious Bane 1924 , she won little respect from the general public It was only after her death that the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, earned her posthumous success through his approbation, referring to her as a neglected genius at a Literary Fund dinner in 1928 Her writing is notable for its descriptions of nature, and of the human heart She had a deep sympathy for all her characters and was able to see good and truth in all of them Among her most famous works are The Golden Arrow 1916 , Gone to Earth 1917 , and Seven for a Secret 1922.

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  1. This is the first Mary Webb novel that I have read and I am left wondering how I have never heard of her before The writing was so good, and such a strong cast of characters as you could hope to find in a novel, especially the main character, Hazel Woodus Hazel is innocence personified, an innocence so pure it is bound to be abused by the cruelty of the world, especially by men with no thought beyond their own gratification Mary Webb s plot makes a stinging criticism of this senseless abuse thro [...]

  2. How has Mary Webb flown under the radar for so many years Is she the literary world s best kept secret Her writing displays a discerning eye and a sensitive spirit She sees the big picture she describes the finest details There are no wasted words In my opinion, Mary Webb should be ranked right up there with the best of them This story could very simply be enjoyed as a romantic triangle set in a beautiful and wild countryside and enjoyed immensely But, for those with ears to hear, this story cou [...]

  3. That blurb describing this as soil and gloom is pretty spot on If you re reading the Virago s, put this one on the list.SPOILER I was however a bit disappointed in the Thelma Louise ending I think there is something anti feminist in that kind of thing.

  4. Not quite as magical and poetical a book as Precious Bane but still special and confirming Mary Webb as one of my newly discovered favourite authors The story is very much a parallel to Tess of the D Urbervilles the innocent gypsy girl, Hazel, torn between the good and honourable parson who she marries and the rough, rugged squire, who is destined to bring her to ruin However, reading Tess, it is difficult to get into the mindset of the characters and not to look at the story from a modern persp [...]

  5. This was a poetically lyrical and intense novel.In many ways the main characters are like archetypes than the sort of individuals we would ever encounter in the everyday world Hazel the heroine is a child of Nature though not Nature in its less gentle aspect Reddin the local squire who pursues her is all aggression and passion Edward who marries Hazel but cannot keep Reddin away represents a spirituality that is too far removed from the natural world.I particularly enjoyed the way the plot gath [...]

  6. How can I have lived 51 years without ever hearing of this marvelous writer She is the missing link between Thomas Hardy and John Cowper Powys, a visionary turning her rapt attention on wild things, the human mind, and the numberless tendrils that connect them Very much in the spirit of the Brontes, with all the gothic melodrama that goes with such a spirit, this novel is not remarkable for its plot, which is simply that time honored tragic device, the love triangle, but for its rich sense of ch [...]

  7. A strange and wondrous novel, reminiscent of the Brontes and Hardy, with the fiery, Biblical prose of early Cormac McCarthy.

  8. This book was just a little odd I must admit I was hoping to like it than I did It started almost like a fantasy novel with the wild half gypsey girl living in the woods with her father the musician The story was basically about two men that wanted her and how she didn t want either but still had to choose between them.I think the biggest problem I had with the book was that most of the dialogue was written in dialect It was supposed to sound Welsh but it didn t sound at all Welsh when I was re [...]

  9. This was an interesting book, and compelling than I d expected it to be.It s very didactic and philosophical, but the gist of the plot in modern terms is of a young and naive woman torn between the desires of a Nice Guy tm and a Bad Boy.It is very clear that neither of them are concerned about her than of their ideas about her this is explicitly stated, many times, in the text She has her passion for the natural world and neither of her suitors pay any attention to that.I will say the Nice Guy [...]

  10. 1.5 I was looking for Precious Bane but came across this instead and thought I d try it I liked it a lot for about 3 or 4 chapters, taken in by the charm of the coffin carving father and his daughter Hazel with her pet vixen and the nature description which was good and then, well, I thought to myself this is weird, what s happening, is this girl a wild thing or an idiot And what s this with the obsession with sex And then I looked into it a bit and discovered to my chagrin and many now I get i [...]

  11. Un romanzo molto particolare di una bravissima autrice che d vita a questa originale storia che quasi una fiaba dal finale tragico La protagonista Hazel, una ragazza selvatica, naive, in totale comunione con la natura, che si ritrova contesa tra due uomini diversissimi tra loro, divisa tra l a puro, spirituale, platonico di Edward e quello passionale, quasi brutale di Reddin, ma assolutamente inconsapevole dell a carnale Lei per nn appartiene a nessuno, se nn a se stessa e a quella terra prodigi [...]

  12. Mary Webb leaves you spell bound with her narrative description of the tale of a country girl and her life Caught in triangle of love and abuse and her love of wild life The cruel world of the hunter and hunted ,poetry of words and tale one you will want to read again It was made into a first rate film.

  13. Very moving and thought provoking It s a perfect classical tragedy I think The I re read Mary Webb the I want to jump up and down and say why isn t this writer widely acknowledged

  14. I read this as a teenager and loved it As with any classic, rather wordy and flowery descriptions but such an unusual story with a good moral.

  15. I so loved this novel and sipped it slowly tosavor it It is so lovely and lyrical and unusual.If you have a great feeling for the natural world,this book is highly recommended for you.

  16. Dreamy, romantic, a little dark, and full of beautiful descriptions of nature Webb captures that thrilling time of sexual awakening that can be so confusing and dangerous yet desirable to a young woman I would have adored this book when I was a teenager and reading the likes of Bronte and Hardy Somehow, like others have mentioned, I had never heard of Mary Webb I only happened to stumbled on this at a used bookshop and thought I d give it a try Now I m off to find her other books

  17. I really like Hazel She reminds me a bit of myself with her love for animals Overall the story itself is a bit dated It is scary how little choices women had just about 100 years ago

  18. Bought purely due to Mary Webb associations.So I now know why the pub in Bromlow Callow was called Abel s Harp.Bit Lumbering 50 50 whether I get through it.

  19. Oh, this was difficult.It is a very well written piece It has many things I love its sense of place, for instance, is beautiful Characterisation wise, both Hazel and Edward are strikingly and gorgeously realised.The difficult part is watching an MC who is clearly neurodivergent or developmentally impaired some traits look startlingly like autistic in women features, but the book predates the coherence of the diagnosis be dragged along by narrative imperative to her own destruction That s the poi [...]

  20. A friend listed this as a favorite, and I decided to read it I think he and I though get different things out of it, as I wasn t that fond of the book.Hazel is a girl child who is in love with nature She wanders all around the woods with animals in tow, and loves to sing and dance She possesses an elvish vitality to her that attracts the eye of two men Edward, the local pastor who idealizes her spiritually, and Reddin, who lust for her turns to passion It s not going to end well.While I enjoy na [...]

  21. Have you ever read a book about a person so naive that you wanted to pull your hair out well meet Gone to Earths main character, Hazel Woodus, a naive gypsy girl who lives in the wilderness with her harp playing, coffin making and honey selling dad, Abel This book is about a girl who is in tune with all things nature, she loves playing and protecting her fox named Foxy, her one eyed rabbit, and bird who can t sing while traveling on the road home from her aunts one night Hazel meets a man named [...]

  22. Webb, Mary GONE TO EARTH 1917 Obviously, this is an earlier novel from Ms Webb, but one which does not exhibit the same mastery of prose as Precious Bane This is a romance novel again featuring an independent woman with highly honed sensitivities for the environment around her It is set at the beginning of the 19th century against the background of the Welsh marches, a haunted country, like all border regions This is the story of Hazel Woodus, offspring of the mysterious landscape Hazel in her i [...]

  23. Well, this wasn t exactly what I expected I didn t know that it would be a romantic story la Jane Austen, and I wasn t in the mood for it either I have nothing against Austen, and in fact, I really think she is a genius However, I thought Gone to Earth was almost parodic in comparison I know that this one is suppose to be a well written book, but I wasn t able to get over the sheer stupidity of Hazel Except that Webb manages to portray the cruel patriarchal world, I don t find much to hang on to [...]

  24. Hazel is a beautiful, happy, kind, wild, superstitious, and innocent nature maiden Two men fall madly in love with her an arrogant and passionate country squire, who views his relationship with women as that of a horse breaker, and a kind and gentle young pastor who lives with his mother Hazel decides to marry whoever asks her first, but that does not stop the other man from continuing to pursue her Tragically portrays how the evil others do can so deeply affect people s faith in God I listened [...]

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