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The Croquet Player by H.G. Wells

Title: The Croquet Player, Author: H. G. WellsThe Croquet Player. Finished 9-7-16, rating 4/5, fiction, 98 pages, pub. 1937

This allegorical satire about a man fleeing from his evil dreams was written under the influence of the Spanish Civil War. The croquet player, comfortably sipping a vermouth, listens to the strange & terrible tale of the haunted countryside of Cainsmarsh–a horror which broadens & deepens until it embraces the world.
Wells’ modern ghost story of a remote English Village, Cainsmarsh. Dark events are plaguing its people. A terrified farmer murders a scarecrow. Family pets are being bludgeoned to death. Loving couples are turning on each other in vicious rage. People are becoming suspicious of every move each other makes. Children are coming to school with marks on them.  
One observer thinks there’s evil underground scattered all over the marsh, invading villagers’ minds, & it’s spreading. A well bred, affable & somewhat effeminate croquet player is told the strange story of Cainsmarsh & it’s impending doom as if its plight was the beginning of the end of civilization.   (Goodreads)

A modernish day ghost story, published in 1937.  A croquet player minding his own  business, is approached by a doctor who dumps this crazy story of evil on him.  I love the croquet player and his pages of description about himself.

“It takes all sorts to make a world and I see no sense in pretending to be the human norm when one is not.  Regarded from a certain angle I am no doubt a soft, but all the same I can keep my head and temper at croquet and make a wooden ball perform like a trained animal.” p.11

“I have soft hands and am ineffective will. I prefer not to make important decisions.  My aunt has trained me to be to be her constant associate and, with displays and declarations on all possible occasions of an immense maternal passion for me, she has-I know it clearly-made me self-indulgent and dependent.” p.13

A strange, haunting, thought-provoking novella for H.G. Wells fans and a good introduction to his writing for newbies.  I thought it was wonderfully deep and discussion worthy, especially given its length.

My post when I read this last month for my book a day challenge.

October 7, 2016 - Posted by | 4 Star Books, Uncategorized

10 Comments »

  1. I don’t think I ever read Wells. I have no explanation for that.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | October 7, 2016 | Reply

    • I don’t know what made me read The Time Machine but when I did I loved it.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | October 10, 2016 | Reply

  2. I’ve read his more famous stuff, but not this one. Going to see if it’s free on Kindle.

    Comment by snoozing on the sofa | October 7, 2016 | Reply

    • It won’t take you long to read 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | October 10, 2016 | Reply

  3. Sounds interesting. Like Lloyd, I don’t think I’ve read Wells. Did you find anyone to discuss it with?

    Comment by Mary | October 8, 2016 | Reply

    • Nope. I’ll just wait for you all to read it 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | October 10, 2016 | Reply

  4. I’m not familiar with this one but, the fact that it is a novella appeals to me as an intro. Thanks for blogging about it Stacy

    Comment by Diane | October 9, 2016 | Reply

    • I think it’s a solid, representative intro to Wells. Enjoy!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | October 10, 2016 | Reply

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