The Dark is Rising

A book club I belong to is reading Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence next. We spent the last six months reading The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner and so, having immersed ourselves in the world of Attolian politics, diplomacy and intrigue, we will now be entering a world of Celtic magic and mythology and lingering there a while.

WhatsApp Image 2021-07-07 at 15.43.43The books in The Dark is Rising Sequence are Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree. I will try to blog about the books as I re-read them. I used to read the sequence every year but I haven’t done that in a while. After all this time, the thought of reading them again is still giving me a thrill. I first encountered the books back in 1988 (the Penguin Omnibus edition in the picture is the very book I found, in one of the secondhand bookstores on Bras Basah Road) and I remember reading them over a rainy weekend when I was between lodgings and staying at Singapore YWCA. The YWCA was not, then, the modern building you see these days on Fort Canning Road. I can hardly remember what it was like back in the 80s except that it was old, worn, with creaky floorboards and peeling paint. If I’d had a smart phone then, I’m sure I’d have taken countless photos. As it is, I can’t even picture the building (was it blue and white?), nor the dormitory where I slept. However, the old house and the rainy weather must have fit well with Cooper’s magical world and the old battle between the light and dark that she brought so vividly to life. I read all five books in that weekend. I can’t wait to re-read them, starting with Over Sea, Under Stone. The challenge will be not to read the whole sequence in one weekend.

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