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The Wave An Egyptian Aftermath   By: (1869-1951)

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The Wave: An Egyptian Aftermath by Algernon Blackwood is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the realms of spirituality, metaphysics, and the power of the human mind. Set against the backdrop of post-World War I Egypt, the story follows a group of diverse characters as they embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Blackwood effortlessly weaves together elements of mystery, ancient mythology, and the struggles of the human condition in a way that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. Through his vivid descriptions, readers are transported to the mystical landscapes of Egypt, where the boundaries between reality and the supernatural become increasingly blurred.

One of the most striking aspects of this novel is Blackwood's exploration of the dichotomy between rationality and spirituality. As the characters are confronted with a series of strange occurrences and unexplained phenomena, they are forced to question their own beliefs and confront their deepest fears. The author masterfully presents the internal conflicts faced by each character, highlighting the fragile nature of the human psyche and the potential consequences of denying the existence of the unknown.

Another notable aspect of The Wave is the rich character development throughout the story. Each character is distinct and well-developed, with their own unique perspectives and narratives. Their interactions and relationships with one another further contribute to the depth of the storyline, as they grapple with their own personal demons while collectively facing the enigmatic forces at play.

Additionally, Blackwood's prose is both lyrical and introspective, drawing readers into a world where nothing is as it seems. The author's attention to detail and ability to create atmospheric scenes adds to the overall sense of unease and mystery, leaving readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate the complex web of events.

However, despite these strengths, some readers may find the pacing of the novel to be a bit slow at times. Blackwood's deliberate exploration of philosophical concepts and abstract ideas may not appeal to readers seeking fast-paced action or instant gratification. Nonetheless, for those who appreciate a more introspective and intellectually stimulating read, The Wave provides a sense of satisfaction in its meticulous exploration of the human psyche and the forces that lie beyond our comprehension.

In conclusion, The Wave: An Egyptian Aftermath is a captivating novel that combines elements of spirituality, mystery, and psychological introspection. Algernon Blackwood's mastery of atmospheric writing and intricate character development ensures that readers are fully immersed in the captivating journey of self-discovery and transformation. Although the pacing may be slow for some, for those seeking a profound and intellectually stimulating read, The Wave is an enthralling choice.

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An Egyptian Aftermath.



Author of 'Education of Uncle Paul,' 'A Prisoner in Fairyland' Etc.


TO: M. S.=k Egypt's Forgetful and Unwilling Child.



Since childhood days he had been haunted by a Wave.

It appeared with the very dawn of thought, and was his earliest recollection of any vividness. It was also his first experience of nightmare: a wave of an odd, dun colour, almost tawny, that rose behind him, advanced, curled over in the act of toppling, and then stood still. It threatened, but it did not fall. It paused, hovering in a position contrary to nature; it waited.

Something prevented; it was not meant to fall; the right moment had not yet arrived.

If only it would fall! It swept across the skyline in a huge, long curve far overhead, hanging dreadfully suspended. Beneath his feet he felt the roots of it withdrawing; he shuffled furiously and made violent efforts; but the suction undermined him where he stood. The ground yielded and dropped away. He only sank in deeper. His entire weight became that of a feather against the gigantic tension of the mass that any moment, it seemed, must lift him in its rising curve, bend, break, and twist him, then fling him crashing forward to his smothering fate... Continue reading book >>

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