Ritual

  • Title: Ritual
  • Author: David Pinner
  • ISBN: 9781445888095
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ritual Best Read || [David Pinner] - Ritual, Ritual This novel was the inspiration for the cult movie The Wicker Man Set against an enclosed rural Cornish landscape Ritual follows the trail of English police officer David Hanlin who is requested to
    Ritual Best Read || [David Pinner] - Ritual, Ritual This novel was the inspiration for the cult movie The Wicker Man Set against an enclosed rural Cornish landscape Ritual follows the trail of English police officer David Hanlin who is requested to

    • Ritual Best Read || [David Pinner]
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    Ritual

    About David Pinner


    1. David Pinner was born in 1940 After school and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he appeared with repertory companies at Sheffield, Perth, Coventry Belgrade Theatre and Windsor By 1969 he had written thirteen plays, including Fanghorn , Dickon , Lightfall and Eiderdown RITUAL was his first novel.


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    1. Not exactly the mind blowing and hideous yet beautiful and strangely psychedelic 1973 British adaptation that I remember The Wicker Man , but this book is still worth checking out for its classic status, unique style and compelling mystery.

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    2. This novel is filled with many priceless examples of overwritten prose, particularly regarding the character Anna s breasts, which behave in ways contrary to both nature and basic anatomy ex She stopped, pursing her nipples towards him It s interesting as prose archaeology if you re a fan of THE WICKER MAN, but I wouldn t recommend it otherwise.

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    3. Normalmente cuando alguien acude a Ritual lo hace tras enterarse de que es el libro que inspir The Wicker Man, la pel cula de culto dirigida por Robin Hardy que le quit las ganas a muchos de irse a vivir a un pueblito alejado de la ciudad En poco tiempo, la pel cula se volvi una de mis grandes obsesiones, y tan pronto me enter de la novela estuve de cacer a para intentar hallarlo.Lo m s interesante es que The Wicker Man no comparte casi nada con la idea original de Pinner Por lo contrario, es un [...]

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    4. David Pinner, Ritual Finders Keepers, 1967 I find it absolutely staggering that Ritual was out of print for as long as it was before being resurrected by Finders Keepers a music collective, not a press in 2011 After all, Ritual is the novel that Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer loosely adapted to create The Wicker Man, one of filmdom s enduring classics despite the slight loss of luster form the abortion foisted on the world as a reimagining in 2006 According to Finders Keepers preface to the new [...]

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    5. I have never read a book with so many exclamation marks in.This is the book that inspired The Wicker Man and there are parts of it that were so like key scenes in the film that I now have to go and re watch it Supposedly set in Cornwall there seems to be very little that s Cornish about it admittedly strange and witchy things do happen down here but the landscape and names seem very un Cornish A good quick read that I shall probably revisit again.

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    6. I don t know where to begin with this one.It s a weird, trippy 60 s novel characterized by off kilter reality.If you re a fan of The Wicker Man , it s worth a read, just to see the genesis of that film which was tightly constructed than the novel I prefer the stark moralistic contrast and conflict between the villagers and the policeman in the movie, than the fuzzier contest of wills in this book.If you haven t seen the movie, I m not sure I d recommend this.

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    7. The chances are, if you read this novel, you re doing so because of The Wicker Man The film started as an adaptation of this novel they bought the rights to the book but immediately went the way of so many adaptations, by throwing away everything but the basic idea Puritanical policeman investigates occult goings on in a remote community and one scene the through the wall seduction And, in this case, that was probably a good thing.Ritual follows Detective Inspector David Hanlin of Scotland Yard [...]

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    8. Since this book is primarily read because it is the inspiration behind 1973 s The Wicker Man , it is difficult to evaluate it on its own merits, without comparing it to the far famous and superior film Fundamentally this novel is a murder mystery however, the mystery is never quite resolved, nor is the nature of the titular ritual explained It is much morally and spiritually ambiguous than The Wicker Man , and is charged with a raw eroticism that borders on being pornographic The novel really [...]

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    9. It s difficult not to compare this to The Wicker Man when you re reading it, which is a shame because the book, while an obvious inspiration for the film, really is a completely different story, and one which the movie took to a new level.Still, although it pales in comparison to the story of the film, it s still a great read and it s fascinating to see the concepts that became on screen characters Anna and her incredible stretching breasts eventually become Willow, the landlord s daughter, whil [...]

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    10. The minute I learnt The Wicker Man was loosely based on this, I run to my local library to see if they had it well, to their website They did However, once I got it I had to wait for a bit to read it my pesky partner kidnapped it and started reading it first As you can see, we are big pagan fans in this household Bring on the witches The book is fun to read and you can clearly see the inspiration behind some of the iconic scenes in the movie, but it somehow lacks a lot of the magic I think the m [...]

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    11. Una novela de terror con una atm sfera psicod lica muy marcada y tintes de humor negro El paganismo y los rituales son la orden del d a en este peque o pueblo costero donde llega nuestro detective un hombre religioso y purista que tiene que desenmara ar la muerte de Dian Spark, una ni a de 8 a os de edad que murio accidentalmente tras caerse de un arbol, pero la imagen de una ni a debajo de un roble, con el cuello roto, un ramillete de ajo en la mano, y la cabeza de un simio clavada en el tronco [...]

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    12. HorribleThis might be the worst book I ve ever read It might actually be worse than the Nic Cage version of The Wicker Man Full of racism, sexism, and homophobia, plus it s terribly written Like at one point the detective humps a teenage girl through a wall The prose is so bad it borders on nonsensical Don t waste your time.

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    13. Surprisingly good read.Excellent descriptive language with a huge surprise ending Can t see where the authors of Wicker Man decided to go so far away from the original premise of the book.

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    14. Por sus antecedentes hist ricos, el paganismo carga sobre sus espaldas con una marcada impronta de fen meno rural propio de campesinos cuyas creencias desconoc an la existencia de un Dios nico Las luchas intestinas de religiones, as como las sucesivas revoluciones sociales, consiguieron sepultar muchas de esas pr cticas Sin embargo, el esp ritu del romanticismo decimon nico rehabilit el pante n de deidades olvidadas, presentes en la naturaleza salvaje, a trav s de sus arrebatos l ricos En el fon [...]

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    15. This book should be judged on its own and not compared to the wicker man on which it is VERY loosely based It is almost a stream of consciousness type read and is hard to follow The ending is abrupt but really helps explain the convoluted thinking in the narrative XXXXXSPOILER XXXXXXSpoiler the cop is actually the murderer

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    16. A bit convoluted with an unsatisfactory ending.Apparently this was the inspiration for the Wicker Man, but I don t see how.

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    17. Confusing and messy story about paganism and murder in a Cornish village.

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    18. Psychedelic mystery Best album to listen to while reading Sunshine Superman.Hard to follow plot Twist ending, I guess It s hard to tell.

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    19. I was interested to read this 1967 novel written by actor novelist David Pinner as it was the basis for the cult classic film The Wicker Man , a movie I absolutely love meaning the original production circa 1972 or so, not that miserable remake with Nicholas Cage, but I digress In point of fact, according to numerous articles and interviews there is some dispute among the filmmakers as to what extent the novel influenced the movie, but clearly the overarching broad strokes of the plot are certai [...]

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    20. Ritual opens in the Cornish village of Thorn where the dead body of eight year old Dian Spark is found under an old oak tree Suspicion is stirred by the fact that she is holding a sprig of garlic and the press raise the question of a ritual killing Enter Detective Inspector David Hanlin, a no nonsense police officer dispatched from London to investigate the incident, and whose eyes remain almost permanently behind a pair of shades as he suffers from sun blindness.Hanlin begins with Reverend Whit [...]

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    21. It s easy to see why Robert Hardy and Anthony Shaffer were inspired by David Pinner s novel to create The Wicker Man and why Christopher Lee himself optioned the book in the Sixties Ritual is a decent story, and while the characters often seem a bit stereotyped an urbanite s view of what pagan country folk would be like and the Cornish landscape criminally unexplored it could have been set anywhere really , it s an enjoyable read, with a prose style that is often as uncomfortable as the subject [...]

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    22. This book is the inspiration for The Wicker Man movies However, if you re hoping for a in depth novelization of those films, you ll be disappointed The novel s protagonist is a police officer in England, tasked with investigating the death of a little girl in an isolated village in 1960s England He is convinced it s a ritual murder, perpetrated as plot amongst the townspeople And, indeed, the town is full of very odd people, so maybe he s right.The writing is atrocious This is an author complet [...]

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    23. Ritual is a goldmine of interesting imagery hampered by an author who clearly loved the cleverness of his clever wordplay without realising that to the outside reader it can become a bit tiresome Nevertheless, Ritual is a compelling read, capable of weaving a mystery through its odd setting and cast of characters though it s an odd choice to emphasise its setting as Cornwall when it could take place in any small town that has a pub, a church, a woodland and a beach, which may have added a unive [...]

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    24. Ahora voy a tener que ver las dos pel culas que hicieron basadas en este libro, porque la verdad es que m s all de un par de escenas, no le veo nada psicod lico a este libro.Es un policial com n y corriente en un pueblito al borde del mar una nena aparece muerta y todo parece indicar que fue un ritual sat nico O no Un polic a est analizando el caso, y la cosa se le complica un toque porque, you know, pueblo chico infierno grande En ese sentido, incluso la resoluci n es bastante de manual.Est muy [...]

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    25. Rese a fabulantes 2015 02 rit Hoy d a, cuando raras veces se piensa en el mundo rural, enseguida surgen im genes que oscilan entre un trasnochado bucolismo new age y las tinieblas de la Espa a c rvida La historia de David Pinner Peterborough, 1940 se decanta por esta segunda visi n, si bien su caso no est fuera de lugar Porque cualquiera que tome la autov a de camino al pueblo, se encontrar con que aquel es id ntico a la periferia de su ciudad mal comulga nuestra era con el menosprecio de corte [...]

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    26. I read this book purely because of the Wicker Man connection though the plot does differ quite considerably from the film I found this book to be suitably grotesque and tense, though the language and style of writing did tend to the overblown and confusing at times The characters are mainly unsavoury, including the protagonist and I found the ending to be fairly predictable Other than that it did make for a quick and enjoyably creepy read.

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    27. This curio is definitely worth reading for its status as the book that inspired The Wicker Man And well done to Anthony Schaffer for spotting the potential peekabooing behind Pinner s frankly terrible prose, littered with gems such as the night was hot like curry breath on his face and it s child murder that upsets my liquorice allsorts.

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    28. I had high hopes for this book as I am a fan of The Wicker Man original cult classic not the Nic Cage remake which is horrid The affiliation between the two is very loose though I was disappointed in Ritual The writing was choppy, editing left something to be desired, the story not well developed, and the ending flat out sucked.

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    29. I really wanted to like this as it formed the basis for The Wicker Man one of my all time favorite films but it was a struggle to even finish the book The dialogue is so overly stylized and ludicrous, it makes Noh theater look like Toddlers and Tiaras.Another addition to the growing list of movies that are better than the book.

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    30. The book that inspired the Wicker Man Even though it is uncredited as such, there are too many parallels to deny it between film and book The film is superior, however, with most of the changes being for the better, particularly the ending The book is worth reading as a companion to the film and interesting in its own right, if a bit overwritten, but the florid atmosphere is memorable.

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