The Coming of the Fairies


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(4 stars; 22 reviews)

After a number of deaths in his close family, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle turned to spiritualism in hope of finding proof of the afterlife. Being open in this way, he wanted to believe that spirits and other supernatural being including fairies were real. Because of this he believed the photographs of fairies taken by the Cottingley girls were proof of the existence of such beings. In this book he presents his stance on the issue. Eventually it was proven that the photographs were indeed a hoax. (Summary by Amy Gramour)

(3 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Preface 1:50 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter 1 34:22 Read by Lucretia B.
Chapter 2 21:05 Read by A. J. Carroll
Chapter 3. Part 1 19:28 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter 3. Part 2 17:54 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter 4 16:03 Read by Piotr Nater
Chapter 5 16:55 Read by Novella Serena
Chapter 6. Part 1 19:46 Read by Piotr Nater
Chapter 6. Part 2 13:23 Read by Piotr Nater
Chapter 7 22:15 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter 8. Part 1 20:34 Read by Amy Gramour
Chapter 8. Part 2 11:16 Read by Amy Gramour

Reviews

ONE CAN BELIEVE WHAT ONE WANTS

(4 stars)

Though the photgraphs were ultimately shown to be contrived, the author's research relied as much on eye witness accounts by numerous people and much on theosophical philosophy. In the end, one can believe or disbelieve according to personal expectations. It is at least an interesting glimpse into the world of theosophy.

Envy his faith

(5 stars)

Sir Arthur says in chapter two that we should imagine how much charm would be added to each stream, meadow, and garden for those who would believe. I wish I could remember the title of a modern short story. The protagonist is jealous of her new step-sister, who won't play with her. She's especially upset when she begins to suspect the other girl is playing with real fairies, who zip away before the first girl can get a good look at them! She is visualizing the Tinkerbell-type, and it drives her crazy that the mean girl is the one the fairies seem to love so much; while the romantic sweet little girl was shunned by them. She has started to suspect they are fake and follows as her sister leaves her bed one night. I will describe no more for fear of inadvertently spoiling the story for others. I don't find Conan Doyle's book sad: maybe the other reviewer was referring to the deaths in ACD's family that just preceded it, per the lovely volunteers who bring it to us.

A dreadfully sad book, if you think about it...

(4 stars)