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A Fragment of Life

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Arthur Machen is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella The Great God Pan has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language"). He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons. All day long a fierce and heav ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1904)
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Oscar
El galés Arthur Machen (1863-1947) fue periodista, traductor e incluso actor, pero la fama le vino con sus escritos de corte fantástico, que son por los que siempre será recordado. Su estilo destaca por el lirismo y un anhelo por lo místico y folclórico, con ciertos tintes esotéricos. Su influencia abarca a escritores como H.P. Lovecraft y Jorge Luis Borges.

‘Un fragmento de vida’ (A Fragment of Life, 1906) tiene como protagonista al matrimonio Darnell, Edward y Mary, un matrimonio convencional y
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Jim
Jul 28, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An elusive book written with great delicacy, part of the magnum opus Machen abandoned, despairing that he had "dreamt in fire but worked in clay". The other surviving portions of this work are the brilliant supernatural novella "The White People" - widely acknowledged as one of the greatest works of weird fiction ever penned - and the beautifully written tragic novel THE HILL OF DREAMS.

This work is not truly supernatural, but a study in finding religious ecstasy in one's own environment and the
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Jose Luis
Tiene su encanto este libro. La búsqueda de una realidad trascendente, que subyace a la gris vida cotidiana, el vínculo con la magia, con la naturaleza, con el espíritu, etc., está bien descrita en algunos fragmentos muy poéticos. Me ha gustado sobre todo la imagen del protagonista explorando la ciudad, como un mundo bajo el que se esconde otra especie de realidad paralela, un paisaje exótico y desconocido digno de ser investigado. El problema es que el relato que sirve de excusa para el desarro ...more
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Sería una buena novela si el desarrollo de la historia hubiese sido más extenso. En las últimas veinte páginas hay condensada tanta información, contada de una forma poética y rimbombante, con la que el lector no sabe a qué atenerse. Consigue que ese incipiente cariño que se le cobra a los personajes desaparezca, los convierte en espectros, personas totalmente desdibujadas. Y qué quieres que te diga, me ha apenado un poco.

En fin, me ha gustado la idea y cómo esta escrito pero, querido Machen, da
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Palwascha
Mar 02, 2014 Palwascha rated it liked it
Here is a narrative that totally sucks you in but just at the moment of the big reveal leaves you hanging. I could not get over the abrupt end. It seemed as if Mr. Machen got bored writing this novel (it took him from 1895 to 1897 to complete). I can say that this is one of those novels that leaves you bereft not because of a tragedy in the story but outside of it. In this case, the incompleteness. After finishing the novel, I felt angry at Machen for many days.
Andrea Russo
Nov 18, 2014 Andrea Russo rated it it was amazing
If this is your first book of Machen's it could put you off. But if you know him and his books then this novella is a gem. I really loved the atmosphere throughout the text, a really example of Machen's best writing. Nothing much happens actually, but it doesn't really matter, I've paid attention and enjoyed other aspects.
"A Fragment of Life" and "Far Off Things" are two Machenian masterpieces.

Here's a sentence that has struck me, a perfect example of the atmosphere I've mentioned:
«She was ha
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BC Batcheshire
Aug 03, 2015 BC Batcheshire rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm just having a bad day, but all I can say is that had this been the first book by Machen I ever read - I would not have bothered to read more. So, if you've never read any of his work, choose a different story. If you're thinking of reading Machen, skip this one. Or if you have read it, but haven't picked up any of his other work - don't judge him by this story alone, because it is singularly one of the most disappointing beginnings you could start with. Altogether banal and forcefully ...more
Sara
Jul 08, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it
The note I wrote to myself after reading this book was: Now what is going on here? I didn't understand it!
Elleigh
CONTAINS SPOILERS This book is sooo weird, it sucked me in , on the first half of it and after the main plot is laid down it pretty much just abruptly ends. There is a lot of questions. It was a book of ghost stories , and I just don't think it had any ghosts, I was waiting for them the whole time, and is the aunt really crazy or has the old uncle disposed of her somehow? Why is there such a huge subplot of the servant and her boyfriend? It all comes together In a round about way, but it's all s ...more
Nieves Batista
Está muy bien escrito pero yo no le he encontrado la gracia :(
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Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the 1890s. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His long story "The Great God Pan" made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Dreams is generally considered his masterpiece. He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

At the age of eleven, Mache
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“But so went forth Darnell, day by day, strangely mistaking death for life, madness for sanity, and purposeless and wandering phantoms for true beings. He was sincerely of opinion that he was a City clerk, living in Shephard's Bush -- having forgotten the mysteries and the far-shining glories of the kingdom which was his by legitimate inheritance. ” 2 likes
“He knew then how the dull flesh of man can be like fire” 0 likes
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