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The Goat-foot God

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An original novel in which the 15th and 20th centuries meet with uncanny results due to the invocation of Pan.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 5th 1990 by SIL Trading Ltd (first published June 1936)
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Mystic Wyngarden
Mar 21, 2012 Mystic Wyngarden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept thinking that Hugh reminded me of Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows, running about in his motor car with his leather coat and cap. Then I saw today that a usually omitted chapter of Wind and the Willows is the talk of England. And...guess's about Pan. Hugh and Mr. Toad have more in common than liking to drive fast! Still going on this book. It's a treat!
Katharine Kerr
Dec 27, 2013 Katharine Kerr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-studies
I first read this book when I was a 20-something. I thought it was thin and corny. I just re-read it as a 60-something, and gosh, it's improved a whole lot. Couldn't be me, could it, who has learned something in the interim? :-) As a novel it does have a few small flaws that a good editor would have caught and fixed. One big problem is Fortune's casual use of the N-word to describe some cultural trends, like jazz, she disliked, and her typical 1930s British classist views as well. They made me w ...more
d Kate dooley
Apr 07, 2011 d Kate dooley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this one a second time -- would read it again. A book that begins in a bookstore on a dark night in the rain -- magic from the start.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
A wealthy idler's wife dies in a car crash; it is revealed that she had been carrying on an extra-marital liaison throughout their marriage. Ineffectual and directionless outside of his hobbies (car racing, big game hunting, that sort of thing), the recent widower stumbles into a dingy second-hand bookshop where a chance encounter with occult intimations in a detective novel leads him into a journey into esoteric traditions that winds up being a journey into the hidden recesses of his own soul. ...more
This is a well-written book. Interesting story: Hugh makes a traumatic discovery about his wife after she dies. In his grief he wanders into a lower class neighborhood and befriends a book dealer. This begins a journey that is part psychological, part theological, and part spiritual.

This a smooth and comfortable to read. But do not mistake what I say to mean it is an easy read. Virtually all of the discussions throughout the book are clearly those of well-educated people.

I liked the characters
Amanda M
Oct 21, 2014 Amanda M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pagan-fiction
I found the story enjoyable, but the prose contained many idiomatic British phrases that I found confusing as much as distancing from the emotional context of each scene. The prose style reminded me of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

The male protagonist's spiritual journey was central to the story, and the female character was more peripheral and less developed. Though I identified less with the characters, I found the import of the book to be meaningful. The close of the novel gives way
Rebecca Cooper
This occult fiction by Dion Fortune isn't quite as good as some of her others (The Sea Priestess, Moon Magic, The Demon Lover). Like many of her novels, it is about a male protagonist undergoing spiritual transformation, this time via the Greek God Pan. A lot of exposition and set up for a climax that was a bit too brief.
Rena Sherwood
Quite a silly British-flavoured love story where nothing really significant happens. There is an excellent description of strong tea and a very good bit about rich English guys not recognizing signs of malnutrition in their girlfriends.
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Violet Mary Firth Evans (better known as Dion Fortune), was a British occultist and author. Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto "Deo, non fortuna" (Latin for "by God, not fate").

From 1919 she began writing a number of novels and short stories that explored various aspects of magic and mysticism, including The Demon Lover, The Winged Bull, The Goat-Foot God, and The Secrets of Dr. Tavern
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