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The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen A version of the story was published in the magazine Whirlwind in 1890 and Machen revised and extended it for its book publication together with another story The Inmost Light in 1894. Whatever the hell was going on with the society when this was published This a sensation Underwhelming Thank God I live now not then I would have died bored out of my mindToo whimsical for me Reads like a cross of Hawthorne with Poe with just a tad of Lovecraft who might have been a diligent follower of Machen at a later date and several notes from Merezhkovsky of all autors added into the mix Though in the case of Merezhkovsky it is not clear who influenced who even if this was not a case of ideas congeniality since they sort of worked and published simultaneously Lovecraft might have been himself influenced by Machen not the other way around The story centers around a hypomaniacal sociopathic butcher of a transcendent surgeon who spews lots of bullshit and proceeds to act on it Some Pan added to the mix some dreadful mysteries some incarnates some whatnot Did nothing to me read tediously Why did I even bother to read it“No I think not even if the worst happened As you know I rescued Mary fromthe gutter and from almost certain starvation when she was a child; I think her life ismine to use as I see fit” cBut have you no misgivings Raymond Is it absolutely safe”“Safe Of course it is In itself the operation is a perfectly simple one; any surgeoncould do it”“And there is no danger at any other stage”“None; absolutely no physical danger whatsoever I give you my word “We are standing on the brink of a strange world Raymond if what you say is true I suppose the knife is absolutely necessary”c This is patently what should be the prompt to getting the hell out of the plan whatever it involves operations investments whatever Hear the crock talking And not the feeble 'is the knife necessary'That is a strange saying of his ‘In every grain of wheat there lies hidden the soul of a star’“ cStrangely that wonderful hot day of the fifties rose up again in Clarke’s imagination; the sense of dazzling all pervading sunlight seemed to blot out the shadows and the lights of the laboratory and he felt again the heated air beating in gusts about his face saw the shimmer rising from the turf and heard the myriad murmur of the summer cHe could only think of the lonely walk he had taken fifteen years ago; it was his last look at the fields and woods he had known since he was a child and now it all stood out in brilliant light as a picture before him Above all there came to his nostrils the scent of summer the smell of flowers mingled and the odour of the woods of cool shaded places deep in the green depths drawn forth by the sun’s heat; and the scent of the good earth lying as it were with arms stretched forth and smiling lips overpowered all His fancies made him wander as he had wandered long ago from the fields into the wood tracking a little path between the shining undergrowth of beech trees; and the trickle of water dropping from the limestone rock sounded as a clear melody in the dream c

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The Great God PanOn publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its decadent style and sexual content although it has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror Machen’s story was only one of many at the. Read for ClassI'm glad I had to re read this for the final because it's definitely not a 2 star read like my previous rating

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Summary ´ The Great God Pan 102 ✓ The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen A version of the story was published in the magazine Whirlwind in 1890 and Machen revised and extended it for its book publication together with another story The Inmost Light in 1894 On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horriTime to focus on Pan as a useful symbol for the power of nature and paganism The title was taken from the poem A Musical Instrument published in 1862 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in which the first line of every stanza ends the great god P. This was a strange little story sold as paganism with a touch of sexuality It had a supernatural feel that left me holding my breath in anticipation Unfortunately due to the confusing nature of the book it also left me holding my head in confusion than once I was initially intrigued by the story but midway through it morphed into a Sherlock style detective case before getting back to the mystical elements that made it uniue Overall it was a good idea but poorly executed