The Prelude To Adventure

Hugh Walpole (1884 - 1941)

Olva Dune is a Cambridge undergraduate who commits a murder and at that moment feels the presence of God. In a tour de force Walpole novelizes the Francis Thompson poem The Hound of Heaven, about a fearful soul pursued by an insistently loving God. (One could enrich the reading of the novel by first reading the poem (“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;… Fear wist not to evade as Love wist to pursue…. Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee,/ Save Me, save only Me?”). The psychologist Carl Jung, in a letter to the author, called the 1911 novel “a psychological masterpiece.” Hergesheimer on this novel: “So excellent is the versatility of Hugh Walpole that this writer of dignified and realistic and always beautiful pictures of life has among his books one with all the tension and strange plot of a Poe masterpiece… What happened is so filled with suspense that, very real and human though it is, the plot comes to have all the unexpectedness of the cleverest detective story…. Suspense--color of life--love--fear--triumph--they all mingle in an atmosphere as effective as the Cornish sea.” - Summary by David Wales

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Literary Fiction, Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication And Epigraph David Wales
Play 01 Last Chapter David Wales
Play 02 Bunning David Wales
Play 03 The Body Comes To Town David Wales
Play 04 Margaret Craven David Wales
Play 05 Stone Altars David Wales
Play 06 The Watchers David Wales
Play 07 Terror David Wales
Play 08 Revelation Of Bunning (1) David Wales
Play 09 Revelation Of Bunning (II) David Wales
Play 10 Craven David Wales
Play 11 Fifth Of November David Wales
Play 12 Love To The 'Valse Triste' David Wales
Play 13 Mrs. Craven David Wales
Play 14 God David Wales
Play 15 Prelude To A Journey David Wales
Play 16 Olva And Margaret; First Chapter David Wales