But it’s a brave old house, Hugh.
And the name is Gaelic, not English:
‘fear’ is spelled ‘fir’ or ‘fhir,’
sometimes, and it means ‘man.’
Old House of Fear is Old House of Man.
Kirk does an excellent job of pacing this page-turner. I admit to being late to work one morning because I had to know what happened next. Hugh Logan, our hero, reminds me of Buchan’s spy, Richard Hannay: intelligent, shrewd, tough, daring; an excellent foe for the evil Dr. Edmund Jackman. Mary MacAskival, the twenty-year-old captive of Dr. Jackman, is spunky, steady, fierce, spritely, loyal. She is a girl with gumption.
Old House is well-written and a clean Gothic: the thrill of the chase minus vampires, werewolves, sex, demons and skeletons.
Time Magazine’s 1961 review
Was it author Helene Hanff whose guideline it was only to read *old* books, ones whose author is no longer living? That puts Kirk in fine company, and hopefully a revival.I’m so glad you linked to the Time Magazine review, too. I’ve been reading the Imaginative Conservative website, whose author is linking to old reviews of his book, The Conservative Mind. There really is a treasure trove of books out there not to be ignored. Thanks for highlighting this one!
My first question was if this Russell Kirk is the ISI author who of Redeeming the Time. And it appears so. I love these connections! 🙂
Oh, Carol! You’ve done it again. You’ve exposed me to another author that must be added to the list.
I was wondering if it was the same Russell Kirk too. How interesting!
I am somehow very surprised to see you read a book of this genre! It doesn’t seem like you at all. So I’m curious as to how you came upon this book and decided to read it. Sounds good–but these kinds of books give me bad dreams. I’ll take your word for it
@LimboLady – I read the book because Russell Kirk was the author. And! Because my friend “HiddenArt” gave it to me for my birthday a few years back! Thanks, Dana!
You’ve reviewed one of my favorite books – and the book that first introduced me to Russell Kirk! It’s the only fiction book of his I’ve ever read, but I read it the day I was in labor with my firstborn so I think because of that association it’s stuck with me.