The Return

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Courier Dover Publications, 1997 - Fiction - 193 pages
9 Reviews
"...A gripping and poignant novel of psychic possession. The story begins when Arthur Lawford awakes from sleeping on the tomb of an eighteenth-century pirate, Nicholas Sabathier, to find that his face has become entirely different. Indeed, it bears an uncanny resemblance to a woodcut portrait of Sabathier in an old French book. At first, Lawford feels exactly himself; but a little later he senses "that other feebly struggling personality...beginning to insinuate itself into his consciousness." Is it possible for the spirit of a dead person, in its implacable will to continue its existence, to seize upon the living?" -- back cover.
  

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

The premise is really exciting for the early 1900s, and there are portions early in that are beautifully written. Slowly, the book turns into a bit of a rambling mess which is more about prolonged conversations and debates. What can I say, I am a reader who is overly fond of plot. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Many reviewers rate this strange little plotless book poorly but I enjoyed it immensely! Weird mix of ghost story and philosophical discourse. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
19
Section 4
26
Section 5
29
Section 6
41
Section 7
51
Section 8
58
Section 13
92
Section 14
98
Section 15
109
Section 16
119
Section 17
127
Section 18
136
Section 19
145
Section 20
152

Section 9
62
Section 10
67
Section 11
73
Section 12
83
Section 21
162
Section 22
168
Section 23
183
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About the author (1997)

Born in a Kent village, Walter de la Mare was born on April 25, 1873. He was an English poet, short story writer and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his works for children and for his poem "The Listeners". His 1921 novel Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and his post-war Collected Stories for Children won the 1947 Carnegie Medal for British children's books. De la Mare's first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eighteen years to support his family, but nevertheless found time to write. De la Mare suffered from a coronary thrombosis in 1947 and died of another in 1956. His ashes are buried in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, where he had once been a choirboy.

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