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Morwyn (The Dennis Wheatley Library Of The Occult)

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"First published in 1937, John Cowper Powys originally wanted to call this novel ‘Hell’. One can see why. Powys was a fervent opponent of vivisection, ‘man’s most vicious cruelty’, and here, in this strange fantasy, he gives full vent to his feelings.

The main adventures are set in Hell where the narrator, not named but clearly based on Powys himself, his dog, Black Peter,
Published 1977 by Sphere Books Limited (first published 1937)
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Feb 14, 2015 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: paradisaic underworld
Recommended to Mariel by: caer sidi
The thought crossed my mind that I've never read, in any of these authors who derive such pleasure from describing cruelty, any description of how the face of the sadist himself looks- how their own face looks- when they are writing these passages!
I couldn't see these people's face but I could see quite clearly the faces of certain students in the horrible scene at which they were gazing; and it would have been a revelation to any great pathologist to note the manner in which the frenzy of scien
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Jan 04, 2014 Jonathan Hutchins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I yield to none in my longstanding admiration for Wolf Solent, Maiden Castle, and Weymouth Sands, but this anti-vivisection rant, thinly and carelessly dressed up as fiction, boasts none of their mighty virtues. At times reminding me of A Voyage to Arcturus, but without its extremes of imagination, Powys takes us on a post-Dantesque trundle through a version of hell. At the opposite pole from his minutely observed, objective novels mentioned above, it's repetitive, short and yet tedious, with a ...more
May 14, 2008 Phil rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! My first Powys book, but I'm looking forward to starting A Glastonbury Romance immensely. Don't let the "Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult" banner put you off - this is wonderful Edwardian chthonic adventuring written by a real Rabelaisian wit with a bee in his bonnet about vivesection!
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Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, where his father was vicar. His mother was descended from the poet William Cowper, hence his middle name. His two younger brothers, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys, also became well-known writers. Other brothers and sisters also became prominent in the arts. John studied at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a teacher ...more
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