Friday, July 28, 2006

The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy & Anthony Shaffer

Author: Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer
ISBN # 033039018X
Publisher: Pan Books
First Published: 1978
285 pages

A novelization of the Anthony Shaffer script, this is a tale of a Highlands policeman on the trail of a missing girl being lured to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle. As May Day approaches shamanistic and erotic events erupt around him. Was the girl a human sacrifice?

If you’ve seen the classic film, grab the book, fast! All those little bits that were lost in the cut are left in place here; completing the story and making it feel far more satisfying. Of course, if you’ve already seen the movie, you’ll already be able to visualise the stars and any fan will love getting deeper into the background of the virginal policeman and the wanton, Pagan islanders.

And if you haven’t seen the film – what are you waiting for? Give your eyes a treat! They don’t make them like that any more! Then, when you’re done, come back and read the book too – you won’t be sorry.

Rating: 7


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