Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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Honestly, what I wouldn't give for a sliver, a morsel, a grain of sand in the oyster of this woman's writing-capability. When the local village men come upon her house in the woods, claiming to be in need of tinctures, but clearly there to satisfy their other needs, a stranger named Else appears, alongside a wolf. The story tells of Lux, alone and suspected of witchcraft after her mother’s death, when she meets the mysterious Else, who may or may not be a real witch.Now She Is Witch meditates on these issues and Logan's stance is explicitly made clear, yet it never feels like it's too much. For Lux and Else trail the weighty plumes of traumatic pasts, which Logan skilfully offers us in passages of backstory that sing, screech and skip through the novel in the way records are marked by jagged scratches. Now She is Witch opens with a the stark image of our protagonist Lux burying the remains of her mother in a poison garden. Die Zwischenparts mit Lux' und Elses Geschichte waren teils mühsam, aber am Ende kam alles rund zusammen. Not even to mention the beautiful circularity of the story, and the way that shards from the first page fall into place and are mirrored once we reach the ending.

Evicted from a monastery, where she didn't want to be Lux has to find her way in the world, Accused of being a witch she travails the. Now She Is Witch feels like the making of a new one, while also fitting into the landscape of British Isles folklore more generally. This is outstanding: a world that runs parallel to our own, full of the graceless hypocrisies of men and the petty (and not-so-petty) cruelties of disempowered women.Logan’s novel is often brutal and visceral with graphic scenes that recreate the simmering violence of a time marked by its elaborate forms of discipline and punishment: the mortification of the flesh through flagellation; scolds’ bridals used on “outspoken” women; hunted animals; and plague victims boarded up and left to die. The importance of choice and desire are at the centre of this story, things that these women were either denied or given very little of.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Lux’s goal is to avenge a terrible crime committed against her enigmatic, travelling companion Else. Kirsty Logan is the author of three novels, three story collections, a memoir, two chapbooks, a 10-hour audio play for Audible, and several collaborative projects with musicians and visual artists. I was looking forward to sinking into her newest novel, but I found myself distanced from it throughout.I was so looking forward to reading that book and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I have to admit to now becoming a little tired of novels about witches - but I love was Kirsty has done here.

The arrival of a mysterious stranger named Else, just as a group of locals look set to attack Lux in her garden, starts the novel off with a bang. But the one that I felt in my bones every time when she said; ‘If the owl is screeching under your window it means somebody is going to die. Not just as a person who is always trying to heal and learn from everything around her, but as an artist. Now She Is Witch is part historical, part fantasy, an entwined mix of the two genres, such that you find yourself not quite sure. Wordsmith extraordinaire Kirsty Logan has written what is possibly her best novel yet in a tale that feels as old as the hills but sparkles with formal inventiveness.But what I really love here is Kirsty’s vivid and folkloric imagination - I’ll never get tired of it! On every level, from the poetry of the prose to Lux’s courage and sheer canny-ness, it’s absolutely essential reading. She needs her help to seek revenge against the man who wronged her, and together they pursue him north. Anyway, Logan dips her toes into that myth, her main character being a herbalist and abortionist, but manages to craft a story that does justice to the horrors of witch hunts and the disempowered position women held in medieval societies that never feels exaggerated.

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