THE BURIED MOON by Joseph Jacobs


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The Buried Moon as Edward Munch might have drawn her, as Rackham might have embellished the bog, and the only reservation about this pulsing, swirling, certainly striking depiction in purple and gray is that it's somewhat out of key with the homely accents of Jacobs' country people and of the storyteller himself. So that while the scenes of the trapped moon are appropriately sinister, ""she would main like to go with him"" (meaning the lost man she lights on his way) seems a weak out, and the people wondering why the new moon doesn't appear seem trapped also--in a Strindberg or Bergman tableau. Perhaps a measure of its mesmerizing power is to speak of it in these terms--the trouble is that what's ""main queer"" (the Wise Woman's words) becomes a sustained cry of fear.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1969
Publisher: Bradbury Press