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Skymningsporten (2012)

av Jeanette Winterson

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Historisk realitet blandas med magi i denna mycket Jeanette Wintersonska bert̃telse frn̄ det tidiga sextonhundratalets England rñksmidandets och hx̃processernas tid.Lancashire 1612. Kung James I sitter vid makten, och han har fr̲esatt sig att rensa kungadm̲et England frn̄ katoliker och hx̃or.P ̄ln̄gfredagen samlas tretton personer till ett hemlighetsfullt mt̲e vid foten av Pendle Hill, bland dem finns Alice Nutter, den rikaste kvinnan i trakten. Tv ̄kvinnor sitter redan fñgslade, anklagade fr̲ hx̃eri. Ett utsvultet och misshandlat barn gm̲mer sig i skogen, och samtidigt ryktas det att en jesuitprs̃t och fr̲e detta attentatsman ska vara p ̄vg̃ tillbaka till Lancashire frn̄ exilen i Frankrike. Helt trollbindandeWashington Post verst̃tare:Johan Nilsson [Elib]… (mer)
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A dark and violent story of witchcraft, witch-hunting, and human frailty. A stunning read by a great writer! It's 165 pages will transport you back to the brutal times in 1600's Lancashire
  DevilStateDan | Feb 11, 2020 |
Having visited Pendle Hill recently this short book was a timely read. Winterson clearly has some fun with the source material imagining who might have met who at that time, and how their fates may have entwined. It also gives an insight into the mindset of the time and how the witch trials were used both in fear of powerful women and as a way to settle grudges. I liked the twists and turns of this, and the cameos by other historical figures of the time. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Aug 26, 2019 |
I enjoyed this story of witchcraft in England long ago. It is a short book based on the actual trial of the Lancashire witches. I always love stories containing magic, witchcraft and alchemy. There was some gore, but it is horrific that women in those days were subjected to torture and death on the word of ignorant neighbours. ( )
  scot2 | Aug 14, 2019 |
Fast-paced, graphic, gruesome. A dreadfully vivid picture of the 17th century nightmare of suspicion, torture and paranoia that resulted in the trial of the Lancashire Witches. It is brilliantly told and leaves nothing to the imagination. I hope I forget it very soon.
Reviewed February 2014

ETA: February 2017 Bless my soul, I have forgotten it completely! ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Aug 12, 2018 |
The Daylight Gate is a spellbinding book that brings to light the dark days leading up to The Trial of the Lancashire Witches of 1612. It should be noted, that while many of the characters and locations and events are based in historical fact, there are aspects that the author has put her own spin on and taken certain liberties with.

This book was haunting, beautiful, vicious, and tragic. It is the perfect combination of history and fiction. I'll keep this review spoiler free, but will touch on some of the broader aspects.

"This was Lancashire. This was Pendle. This was witch country."

Trigger Warning: This is a graphic, gruesome, dark and violent book at times. It touches on topics such as Rape, incest, pedophilia, satanism/witchcraft, and torture. It is not for the faint of heart. However, that being said, as difficult as these topics are to read, they are critical to this story. In the days of 1612 England, these were all very real aspects of life. It adds to the authenticity of the story, fully immersing the reader in all the sights, sounds, hysteria, and cruelty of the time.

I was pleasantly surprised by this dark little book. It clocks in at only 224 pages, and is such a fascinating, intense read. The characters are vividly drawn. From beautiful, mysterious Alice Nutter, frightening and haggard Old Demdike, to tragic and heartwrenching Christopher Southworth. For such a short book, you get a very real sense of who these people are. Winterson does an incredible job of painting them all so clearly, in all their flaws and beauty, and in their despair. I genuinly felt for these characters. There were moments that were sweet, light and delicate, and moments that were dark, brutal and ugly. I would never have guessed, that a book about Witchcraft, would evoke such a wide array of emotions within me. I felt happiness, excitment, terror and shock. I also found myself feeling sadness, pity, disgust and empathy. It was quite mesmerizing to feel so many emotions, so intensely.

I love the historical background.. and the locations that are key to the story. This is a book, in where the environment itself.... has a vibe all its own.

"Those who are born here are branded by Pendle. They share a common mark. There is still a tradition, or a superstition, that a girl-child born in Pendle Forest should be twice baptised; once in church and once in a black pool at the foot of the hill. The hill will know her then. She will be its trophy and its sacrifice. She must make peace with her birthright, whatever that means."

Pendle forest, Read Hall, the Rough Lee, Malkin Tower, and Whalley Abbey, all contribute to the atmosphere of the period. They help to bring forth the fear, the mystery, and the intrigue of this very dark time in history.

This is not simply a story about witches and religion. It is so much deeper than that. It is also a story about the human spirit, about life and death, pride, and fear of what we don't understand. All of these aspects coming into play, evoked all manner of emotions within me.. emotions I had no intention of feeling from such a dark, harsh book.

The majority of the writing is beautiful in its simplicity. Everything feels genuine, never forced. And there are so many wonderful examples of the most intricate descriptions, that feel incredibly profound....

"He scarred her arm where she had no glove but she did not care because she loved him, and she knew that love leaves a wound that leaves a scar."

"Love is as strong as death."

"Red against the white. If there is another life he will find her there."

Simple, yet, hauntingly beautiful at times.

Overall, this book was an enthralling, quick read that hits on all the aspects that I adore. Dark themes, romance, history, and the human spirit. Read this book, take the leap... and find yourself immersed... in The Daylight Gate.

"And if thou callest him, like unto an angel of the north wearing a dark costume, he will hear thee and come to thee.
Yet meet him where he may be met -------- at The Daylight Gate." ( )
  MegReads13 | Jul 18, 2018 |
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Historisk realitet blandas med magi i denna mycket Jeanette Wintersonska bert̃telse frn̄ det tidiga sextonhundratalets England rñksmidandets och hx̃processernas tid.Lancashire 1612. Kung James I sitter vid makten, och han har fr̲esatt sig att rensa kungadm̲et England frn̄ katoliker och hx̃or.P ̄ln̄gfredagen samlas tretton personer till ett hemlighetsfullt mt̲e vid foten av Pendle Hill, bland dem finns Alice Nutter, den rikaste kvinnan i trakten. Tv ̄kvinnor sitter redan fñgslade, anklagade fr̲ hx̃eri. Ett utsvultet och misshandlat barn gm̲mer sig i skogen, och samtidigt ryktas det att en jesuitprs̃t och fr̲e detta attentatsman ska vara p ̄vg̃ tillbaka till Lancashire frn̄ exilen i Frankrike. Helt trollbindandeWashington Post verst̃tare:Johan Nilsson [Elib]

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