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"Like the most finely cadenced, beautifully fanciful works of surrealism, this novel beckons with its subtle nuances before it leaps into a dazzling mastery that will ensnare even the casual reader." —Booklist (October 15, 2011)

About the Author

Christien Gholson is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book On the Side of the Crow. His work has appeared in various magazines, including Alaska Quarterly Review and Hanging Loose
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906998906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906998905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Rowe on February 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
A FISH TRAPPED INSIDE THE WIND is a deeply felt, magic-realist examination of the multiple illusions from which everyone suffers--even those who are the creators of it--and a call for us to transcend illusion by immersing ourselves in it. FISH felt to me like John Soane's museum: packed full of curiosities, quirks, hidden passageways, and mysterious openings; elliptical, generous, a little frustrating and opaque at times, but always absorbing and slightly unsettling--and in the end committed to the belief that the human endeavor to pay attention to the world is worth honoring precisely because we are so easily diverted by baubles, illusions, and curios. In fact, it is in the collection of such that deeper secrets reveal themselves. Amid the well-realized and distinctive characters and the vast numbers of fish that are scattered throughout the town and book, are plenty of red herrings (sic!) that may leave people wanting a tidier and more "resolved" ending, but I'd advise readers to let go of the wish to wrap things up. Sometimes you don't have to know how the trick is performed: it's the wonder of it that matters. Gholsen handles the many different characters and the movement back and forth in time very well. It's also delightful to see a writer giving a priest no pathologies or sexual hangups but making him someone who takes his faith and job seriously and is just plain decent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shopgirl572 on January 15, 2012
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Love!! This book takes you through a magical & detailed story. You feel as though you are there walking the streets of Europe & sitting next to the characters. Gholson really knows how to tell a story that keeps you hooked, I'd call this a real "page turner". A must read!!!!
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I'm having a difficult time getting into this book, and I'm not sure of the reasons. I purchased this particular novel because the description was intriguing - fish falling out of the skies of this coastal village. Now I usually enjoy Fantasy type novels, also Mystery, Science Fiction, and I've read some strange Surrealistic ones too. I think "A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind" fits Surrealism more than anything else. It begins in the normal way of novels, by introducing its main character(s), characters that are, well a bit on the fringe of societal norms. After their intros I had to stop reading, I found myself kind of lost in what was occurring - too many plots/tracks at once I think.

So, right now I'm giving this 2 Stars, mainly because I just couldn't get past the character introductions. (Normally I'd give it 1 Star, but the Story still intrigues me.)

I may update this rating in the future; it depends if I ever finish the book. And I will give it another chance; I always do with books I cannot get through the first time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susie Wild on November 15, 2011
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Christien Gholson's novel A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind has been reviewed in Booklist. Here is the review:

Like the most finely cadenced, beautifully fanciful works of surrealism, this novel beckons with its subtle nuances before it leaps into a dazzling mastery that will ensnare even the casual reader. The town of Villon, Belgium, is experiencing an extremely odd phenomenon. Dead fish are strewn everywhere. Flung over yards and stoops and fields, the fish puzzle the residents no end as they speculate on the significance of such a bizarre happening. Other intersecting events include a rally meant to protest a decision to use local quarries as toxic dumps and the festival of St. Woelfred, who fled into the wilderness in the seventh century to live out her days reflecting in prayer. A rumored set of lost Rimbaud poems propels the action in ways unimaginable at the start yet utterly convincing by the conclusion. Gholson skillfully interweaves the individual stories of six main characters: a magician, a priest, a Rimbaud scholar, a journalist, a seer, and an aging lothario, who connect and conflict with one another in ways that ring true as each grapples with the choice of "walking through the mirror" of illusion--or not. Building to an extraordinary crescendo of an ending, Gholson's poetic, purely magical, yet resoundingly human tale deserves a wide audience. -- Julie Trevelyan

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Having lived at SHAPE, just outside of Mons, in the early 80's, this took me back. The story itself, with a quirky cast of characters, was entertaining.
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