The Man Who Went Too Far: A Ghost Story by E. F. Benson opens one summer’s day in a beautiful, sequestered garden on the edge of the New Forest. A forty-something artist visits a friend to recuperate from a debilitating illness but is staggered to discover him looking remarkably young and oddly vibrant. He listens as this ‘boy’ explains his new found philosophy, expands on the delight he takes in the natural world all around him and describes the strangely haunting music he has begun to hear in the woods and among the reeds. Surely this bucolic idyll cannot last...
E. F. Benson is well known for his Mapp and Lucia novels but his ghost and supernatural stories are marvellous jewels, combining elegant writing and moments of blood-curdling horror. Here Greg Wagland narrates one of the best of them, for Magpie Audio.
A conversation between two men. One is 35 years old but still has the beauty and vigour of a much younger man. What is his secret? As the story unfolds we learn that beauty has a terrible price, but who can blame him for pursuing its ideals?
I chanced across this story while looking for some short stories and was immediately attracted to the bewitching picture of Pan and the mystery promised by the title. This is a beautifully written story that paints a lyrical and enchanting picture of the English countryside, still haunted by its pagan past. There is a collection of stories by E.F. Benson and read by Greg Wagland and judging by this performance I will be buying them immediately.
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The man who went too far is a poetic piece like a long poem in the same ego as Dorian Grey. In life you can not get away from the pains of existence. Everything has a black & a white a left & a right a back & a forward. A colourful piece of work. Joy & pain are life.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Man Who Went Too Far: An E. F. Benson Ghost Story to be better than the print version?
Yes, much better. Wagland's calm narration leads you into what seems to be an uneventful reunion of old friends...but soon you begin to wonder what is really going on. Thoughts of Wilde's
What did you like best about this story?
It is unusual, has a compelling story question, and elements of terror, horror, and fear contrast with the extraordinary beauty, peace, and serenity of the natural surroundings.
Which character – as performed by Greg Wagland – was your favorite?
I liked them all equally.
Who was the most memorable character of The Man Who Went Too Far: An E. F. Benson Ghost Story and why?
Any additional comments?
E.F. Benson never fails to surprise me. He can write the most fascinating horror stories as well as brilliant social satire.
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If you could sum up The Man Who Went Too Far: An E. F. Benson Ghost Story in three words, what would they be?
intriguing little tale
Any additional comments?
it was most interesting to read this little tale with a différence. As a lover of EF Benson's Mapp & Lucia stories, I was keen to read a piece by him from a different genre - indeed I'd no idée that he wrote
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