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The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster Hardcover – September 10, 2010
Intrusion: A Novel
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The best way to enjoy these stories is like that of an experienced traveler to foreign lands. The mature wanderer knows that you cannot demand the country change itself for you, but that one must adapt to the country to discover its riches and wonders. True enjoyment takes work.
There truly are riches and wonders in this collection of six short stories, but to appreciate their essence, one is going to have to give up the hard boiled cynicism of the 21st century and embrace the romance, mystery, and pure wonder of fin de siècle Great Britain. The mature reader who will let Forster speak for himself is surely in for a treat. In these tales you will meet a spoiled young man whose life is changed by a visit from an ancient god (The Story of a Panic), question whether life is a rat race or maybe something more (The Other Side of the Hedge). If you are willing to pay for the ticket, you'll visit a land where the works of great authors (if not the authors themselves) have a Heaven all their own (The Celestial Omnibus) and that classic myths can be repeated again and again (Other Kingdom) to great tragic effect. You'll also meet an irreverent faun who becomes the best friend of a reverent clergyman (The Curate's Friend) and discover that the call to wonder can be found in the strangest places (The Road from Colonus) as well as the price that must be paid to ignore it.
So pack your bags and get ready for a trip. The ticket is free, but if you truly have a soul that is sensitive to what C. S. Lewis called the numinous, like all good travelers, you may bring back more from the trip than what you left with.
The kindle version has a few typos, but not a great many more than you might find in a hard copy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delightful collection of stories, the stories could easily be continued in many cases. THE CELESTIAL OMNIBUS was by far my favorite story in the collection. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristina Casper-Denman
This author has an interesting subject and a good imagination but is a poor writerPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the Celestial Omnibus, short story, was my favorite of all the reading we did in English.Published 16 months ago by Michelle
This set of short stories is quite different in tone to A Passage to India. Not at all typical Forster. It is more like fantasy than straight fiction.Published on June 3, 2014 by Michael David Newton