THE STONES OF MUNCASTER CATHEDRAL by Robert Westall

THE STONES OF MUNCASTER CATHEDRAL

Age Range: 11 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A Cheshire steeplejack has a harrowing confrontation with diabolic forces entrenched in a tower. Joe Clarke's pride in being chosen for routine cathedral repairs turns to dismay as the evil he senses emanating from a gargoyle when he first mounts the tower escalates to real harm. His young son, lured toward the cathedral in a midnight trance, is interrupted in his journey and ends up in hospital; another child is not so lucky--and finding his body high on the roof so startles Joe's partner that both nearly plunge to their deaths. Joe, whose trade is a family tradition dating back generations, is an expertly realized character--steady, opinionated, with an authoritative knowledge of his craft and its history; a family man with an unreconstructed view of women, plus some sturdy prejudices toward the clergy that he reassesses after the Reverend Morris (a rather obnoxious ``Christian'' proselytizer) proves unexpectedly helpful in confronting the wicked power. A taut thriller, with a horrifically dramatic denouement as the ancient evil is explained and undone. (Fiction. 11+)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-374-37263-2
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993




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