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The Hearing Trumpet Paperback – February 2, 2004
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what struck me was how fast it moves, which for someone taking it at face value might ruin the whole thing - - but for one looking at the story running through it that ISN'T in the book, it becomes haunting, dark, disturbing and profoundly sorrowful even as the story itself soars to the heights of fantasy. i can't say too much more without ruining the book, but if you understand what i believe she's trying to say happened, then you will agree with me about the haunting-dark-disturbing thing.
on the surface it still has a lot to please - - witchcraft, goddesses, the kabbalah, mysteries both domestic and occult, black comedy and sweeping adventure. the main character is as loveable and charming as she is eccentric, and she's a whole lot of eccentric. i think this may be an overlooked classic.
and the line drawings by carrington's son (i think?) are killer! i'm getting a tattoo of one of the frontispiece, marian with her trumpet.
happens to be a superb writer. Few adult novels would dare
to accomodate their main character in a house with real looking
furniture that is merely paint on the walls. The heroine
is an old lady with a dignified beard and a mystical trumpet
that ameliorates her ability to hear. One can only imagine
the trouble this trumpet causes and the fiascos that result
with a cast of equally wacky old ladies. The nursing home
setting provides the backdrop for a fantastical and
ambitious story written in beautiful prose.
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I bought this for my daughter because of Leonora Carrington's painting but I kept it because I loved the story. It was surrealistically enchanting like her paintings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura
Enjoyable read. Creative. Has a fairy tale feel to it. I didn't anticipate events. The ending was bizarre and unexpected.Published 4 months ago by cas
A curious, imaginative text by a surrealist painter-author.Published 16 months ago by Manuel J. Santayana
This simple little novel was quite uncomplicated, endearing and magical. I would recommend for children with vivid imaginations and those looking for a little post-surrealist... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by ZM
Hey, he asked for it. So I got it. I don't know anything about it other than he was happy to get it.Published on January 2, 2014 by Jafe in Fort Worth
It is an odd novel about very old woman who is sent off to a retirement home. It is a whimsical romp, a work of magical realism. And no wonder. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Juliette Mondot