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I read this for G-Lit month, and I absolutely loved it. It's so dark and unrelenting, and there's a lot of sacrifice involved in subdueing the menace of the spider. Definitely a great find :)

Amateur Reader (Tom)

This is how literature works. It does not matter in the slightest that the original meaning of the story is about showing proper respect for the christening ceremony. Gotthelf's imagination got away from him, and this amazing, weird creation has survived.


I have read it years ago and was surprised how fresh it was. I generally like all the Swiss 19th century writers, Gotthelf, Keller, Meier. You'd be surprised how little has changed in some parts of Switzerland, very archaic.


Tony--I wasn't prepared for how much I was going to like this. I think it's going to be one of my great finds of the year. Even now I'm thinking of everything that made up the story--and it was indeed very menacing. I didn't realize these themes are from ancient myth-which makes me want to investigate a little further. The story seems quite unique, but maybe it's not at all.

Amateur Reader (Tom)--And don't you love literature for just that reason?! It can be applied to contemporary times and seem fresh even though it was written 150+ years ago! I'm glad I found the story--or rather that it found me.

Caroline--I think this is perhaps the first Swiss writer that I have read (at least in the last few years), so I am curious now to look for more writers. The photos I looked at were amazing, too. It does indeed look like nothing has changed--though maybe the buildings/architecture have simply been preserved for historical value? I have a feeling that those small villages do have a timeless feel to them (which is partly why I love Europe so much).


I wonder how many people are put off reading it simply by the cover illoustration. I know my daughter wouldn't pick it up or have it lying on her bedside table!


Scriptorsenex--I think I was a little put off by the cover at first, but as it was a loan from a friend I wanted to give it a try and am glad I did. Very creepy photo, though. After reading it I think I will not look at spiders in quite the same way!


I cannot tell you how glad I am you liked this. I own a copy and I haven't been feeling terribly enthusiastic about it. (isn't it awful to have to admit to owning books that no longer arouse enthusiasm!!) But thank goodness, now I know you loved it I can look at it with optimism again!


Litlove--I wasn't overly eager about it at first either, I must admit. It clicked with me, though. Once I got into the story I couldn't put it down. I should have scanned the photos, too, to share them, but now I've sent them off. It's also a quickie read, too, which is a nice thing sometimes.


Just the sound of this makes my skin crawl! And the cover, eep! I might have to find a copy of this, though I'm a little worried the spiders might find their way into my dreams!


Stefanie--I will not look at a spider in quite the same way ever again! So far I've not dreamed of them, but they creep me out more now than ever!

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