Reading – The Dark Is Rising

Current reading: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. There’s a group of people reading it online (starting yesterday, chapter by chapter). There’s even a twitter group with hashtag #thedarkisreading started by Rob Macfarlane. I read the first chapter last night, on schedule, and found an odd effect of having read the book so many times before: it sparked layers of meaning and memories from childhood on. I know that the countryside in the UK looks very little like the land south of the Poconos. But… I’m back in Pennsylvania in an instant, in my kind of spooky room in the attic.  When I first read the book, I peopled the novel’s pages with people I met on a daily basis (one of my favorite GS leaders was a Menonite who wore slacks, and I thought of her when I first met Maggie in the book [awkward]) .

Rob’s Twitter feed says for those of us who read the book before: “what are your memories of that first reading? How old were you. When, what weather?” I read it in October, probably near 6th grade (so… 10 or 11?), and my first memories were wondering where the cascade of ‘wrongness’ began, because I missed many of the early signals in the first chapter. I assumed England got snow near Christmas (like home). For me, the first note of unease came from the static on the radio. And then there were the animals — and humans acting strangely.

Second chapter is tonight, and I’m likely to be following along and commenting on the Dovegrey Reader blog.

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3 Responses to “Reading – The Dark Is Rising”


  1. 1 Anne Bonney December 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Interesting. I remember the book made an impression on me when I first read it – I’ll have to go back for a second look. Cooper is a powerful writer.

  2. 2 Elusive Sue December 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I’m also reading it – started two days ago, and have been enjoying (while trying to ALSO get ALL THE THINGS done before the weekend).

    • 3 wordtapestry December 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Hope you got ALL THE THINGS done during this busy season. I’m finding the book is stirring up old memories of “Augh, why did he do stupid thing…?” that I thought as a preteen. Funny, eh?


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