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The Hearing Trumpet Paperback – February 2, 2004
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This book is so inspiring...I love its freedom, its humour and how it invents its own laws. What specifically do I take from her? Her wig -- Bjork --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Leonora Carrington is a British born Surrealist painter and writer now living in Mexico city who has been described, alongside people such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, as one of the leading lights of the Surrealist movement. Born in Lancashire in 1917 to a strict Catholic family she first came into contact with surrealism through her lover, Surrealist painter Max Ernst, before moving to Mexico in 1942. The Hearing Trumpet, her most famous piece of writing, was first published in France in 1974. Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and she lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like,Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental,Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, and Public library and other stories. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
The wonderfully eccentric Carmella tries to think up solutions: 'You might escape to Lapland. We could knit a tent here so you wouldn't have to buy one when you arrived.'
Nonetheless Marian finds herself at the seriously peculiar home run by Dr Gambit of the Well of Light Brotherhood, and here magic realism takes over totally. The strange spiritual beliefs of the home, the buildings themselves - "pixie-like dwellings shaped like toadstools, Swiss chalets, railway carriages", the mysterious painting of a strange nun on the wall... When fellow inmate Christabel Burns lends her a narrative on the nun's life, we are taken into far flights of fantasy - levitation, the discovery of Mary Magdalene's magic ointment, Knights Templar and much more.
But back in the 'real world' of the home, a murder has taken place. And the weather is turning too, becoming as cold as Marian's dreamed-of Lapland.
I found all the far-fetched antics in the latter half a bit much, but I'm glad I read it, there was much of real entertainment.