- Paperback: 398 pages
- Publisher: Mopoke Publishing (August 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980350107
- ISBN-13: 978-0980350104
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,770,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Holy Well Paperback – August 1, 2007
"Colin Macpherson's The Holy Well is a story of such beauty that many times I found my eyes misting as the characters experienced a life previously alien to me...I marvel at his skill at storytelling." --John Watson in: Spectator News Magazine
"In this, his second novel, Colin Macpherson has proved himself as a master story teller...[he] avoids feyness or sentiment, and his prose style is clear and eloquent. I very much enjoyed reading this book." --Phyllida Coombes in: Idiom 23 literary magazine
"This book is more than just another tall tale. It leads the reader on a thought-provoking journey of modern-day and historical adventure and intrigue. This novel left me with an uplifting feeling of human warmth and a glimpse of the possibility of something more substantial than our everyday reality. Highly recommended!" --Fred Elbel in: EcoFuture
"The author does a wonderful job of guiding the reader between the time periods, interspersing tales of early man with modern-day flight and intrigue. The characters are brought to life through their generosity and kindness towards others, and the epilogue is a tribute to that effect - all of which makes this novel a great read." --Brad Eden in: Historical Novels Review Online
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The Holy Well is Colin Macpherson's second novel (the first being The Tide Turners.) Through alternating chapters, he tells two stories - ostensibly unrelated at the beginning, but with ever-developing links...mysterious links. Adventure, romance, action, and drama are all present, but it is the underlying deepness, the questions and perceptions about the nature of the universe and our place in it, that make this novel truly unique.
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Following the events in the life of Bren of the Tull as he struggles to find his place in the clan,and at the same time come to terms with his father's need to distance himself emotionally from the son who survived his mother's death in childbirth, brings the reader close to these ancient people and makes the characters seem very real. The questions asked, the lessons learned are so similar for Bren and his modern counterpart James growing up in suburban Melbourne,that the reader cannot help but recognize how little we humans have changed in thousands of years. We still puzzle with the same dilemmas, struggle with the same questions about love, death, and what will our future hold. The author explores these issues using generous dollops of schoolyard humour to keep it real, and crossing cleverly from the ancient world to modern times.
The underlying messages in this book are timeless- the importance of remembering our connection with the earth, and treating our fellows with compassion and kindness, as well as learning to have the confidence in ourselves to trust our instincts. The author has subtly drawn these threads together in a tale which is entertaining, introducing characters who are both believable and heroic in their acheivements.
The Holy Well has a touch of mysticism, sound insight on our human foibles, and above all else an uplifting sense of hope. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys exploring history and believes on a reality beyond that of our mundane day to day experience.Although a book for mature readers, it is also a very suitable read for young adults and older adolescents-a book to enjoy.
However, the true value of this novel - the quality that lifts it to a special level - is the sense of spirituality that meanders through it: sometimes subtle, at other times direct. You don't have to appreciate this in order to enjoy the book, but if you do then you'll understand why I put it in a special class. It has made me think about things I thought I'd closed the door on a long time ago. THE HOLY WELL is an important piece of work.