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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Mr Weston's Good Wine is the unusual tale of the struggle between the forces of good and evil in a small Dorset village. Its action is limited to one winter's evening when Time stands still and the bitter-sweet gift of awareness falls upon a dozen memorable characters. During the book a child knocked down by his car is miraculously brought back to life; the sign 'Mr Weston ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 7th 2006 by Vintage Classics (first published 1927)
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Paul
May 26, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is a remarkable book; I wasn’t expecting a great deal from it, but despite my low expectations I was impressed. I must admit I knew little of Theodore Powys, apart from the fact that he was John Cowper Powys’s brother. He was the son of a clergyman, born in 1875. He tried and failed at farming and eventually settled to writing in rural Dorset. He was a voracious reader and was influenced by the Bible, Bunyan, Hardy, Nietzsche and Freud amongst others. There are spoilers ahead; inevitable I' ...more
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May 26, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Modern Fiction)
I was surprised to find out while reading that this is a Christian allegory book. In the same league as The Chronicles of Narnia or the The Lord of the Rings (5 stars). It's just that this is not set in a magical world where there are elves, warriors, wizards, etc. Rather, the setting is in England in 1923.

The story opens with Mr. Weston getting off from his delivery vehicle containing wine. There are children on the street and they are thinking of stealing some bottles. There is also Miss Gipp
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Eleanor Toland
Mr. Weston's Good Wine is an extraordinary novel, combining the moral generosity of G.K. Chesterton, the fearless theology of Charles Williams, the blasé acknowledgement of the supernatural of Mikhail Bulgakov and the fleeting, heart-rending touch of the numinous found in the novels of Ray Bradbury. Finding this novel after wandering into a second-hand bookshop in York was like walking down an unfamiliar street at dusk, stooping to pick up a silver object in the hope it might be a coin and then ...more
Bert
Jul 31, 2015 Bert rated it really liked it
A whimsical, saucy tale of weird Olde Englande (from 1927), think bawdy Christian fable meets Ray Bradbury. In a single November evening Mr.Weston the mysterious wine salesman appears, and the lives of a small Dorset town unravel. Time halts at 7 pm, Reverend Grobe's preferred hour, 'the time when the tobacco tasted the sweetest, and when the deeper night hadn't put its hand upon the fire'. It's all a bit farcey but with a dark edge, almost pagany sexual encounters (lots of 'maidens' behaving 'n ...more
Daniel
Apr 10, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it
This is the type of novel with which one might have a love/hate relationship. It is an unconventional story framed within an unusual structure with striking, bold imagery. It also deals with morality in a manner that I have never before found in literature.

I found Mr. Weston's Good Wine a little difficult to get started. It was clear (I thought) what the obvious allusions were, but I could not quite figure out where Powys was leading me as a reader. I struggled to keep going and eventually put t
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Ryan Williams
Oct 14, 2013 Ryan Williams rated it really liked it
When friends ask me about my favourite books, there are two that never fail to get dumbfounded looks. This novel is the other one.

Written before World War 2, it reads oddly fresh. It is underscored by Christian mythology, yet is built on a rational premise: death, like 'Mr Weston', is a blessing in disguise.

I don't know if Joanne Harris read it before writing Chocolat - it certainly has a lot in common with this chewy parable about death and vitality in a small village.
Jan Edwards
Aug 27, 2015 Jan Edwards rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I love 19th century fiction, and this was in the general style, but oh my, there the similarity ended. Plodding stodgy prose with little or no real character building. Possibly one of the most tedious books I have ever given up on.
Todd  Fife
Jan 21, 2014 Todd Fife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The best books have to end unhappily . . ." Mr. Weston
Sue Bridgwater
May 17, 2016 Sue Bridgwater rated it it was amazing
The Mouth of Hell; Folly Down revisited.
It was well over thirty years ago that I first read 'Mr. Weston’s good wine' and in those days I was a fairly conventional Christian believer, of the Methodist persuasion. The book seemed to me then to be shot through with truth and hope and beauty, to sing a hymn of praise rather than telling a story. Returning to it in a Post-Christian frame of mind, I still find it compelling, and want to bring it to the attention of those who may not yet have discover
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Stephen Goldenberg
Apr 06, 2016 Stephen Goldenberg rated it really liked it
A recently rediscovered novel from the 1920s that is very much of its time (although, at a pinch, it could be considered an early example of magic realism). In parts, it reads like the kind of bawdy 'country matters' stories written by H.E.Bates and A.E.Coppard. Mr Weston arrives in the small Dorset town of Folly Down to sell the inhabitants his good wine. Soon after he arrives, the clocks stop and it is eternal evening. Young women are being ravished and made pregnant. Is the culprit the church ...more
Pamela
This is a Christian allegory - Mr Weston visits a small country village, offering its inhabitants his wine. During the night, time stands still, and the characters in the village experience a moment of illumination and are faced with choices that determine their fate.

I found this rather slow, there is a lot of time spent introducing the characters in a rather roundabout way, and the dialogue is written in a strange kind of rural dialect that serves to obscure what is actually happening. I'm glad
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Helen
Feb 04, 2016 Helen rated it it was amazing
Always pleased when I get given a book that I otherwise probably wouldn't read. Loved it !
Stephanie
Aug 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: si-fi-fantasy, 1920-s
Hard going in parts esp. the dialect sections.
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Theodore Francis Powys was a British writer, a younger brother of John Cowper Powys.

Born to a clergyman father of Welsh origin, T. F. Powys spent most of his life in the West Country, writing mostly while living at East Chaldon in Dorset. Several of his brothers and sisters, including Llewelyn Powys and Philippa Powys, distinguished themselves in artistic circles. Theodore was deeply, if unconvent
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