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Witch Wood John Buchan

Witch Wood

John Buchan

Published 1927
380 pages
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Set against the religious struggles and civil wars of seventeenth century Scotland, John Buchan s Witch Wood is a gripping atmospheric tale in the spirit of Stevenson and Neil Munro.As a moderate presbyterian minister, young David Sempill disputes with the extremists of his faith, as all around, the defeated remnants of Montrose s men are being harried and slaughtered.There are still older conflicts to be faced however, symbolised by the presence of the Melanudrigall Wood, a last remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest. Here there is black magic to be uncovered, but also the more positive pre-Christian intimations of nature worship.In such setting, and faced with the onset of the plague, David Sempill s struggle and eventual disappearance take on a strange and timeless aspect in what was John Buchan s own favourite among his many novels.