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Human Croquet: A Novel Paperback – August 21, 1997
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Atkinson's novel is obviously not rooted in dull reality. Narrator Isobel has an uncanny knowledge of past and future events; Charles is obsessed with the concept of parallel universes and time travel; and a faery curse hangs over everybody. Fortunately, Kate Atkinson is a masterful writer who manages to keep her world of wonders in check. Human Croquet is no ordinary novel, and readers who venture into the Fairfax universe are in for a magical ride. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I have just discovered that Kate Atkinson's next book is out in June! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
Anyway... there is so much I could say about this book - it is a devastatingly devious whodunnit, that you don't even realise is a whodunnit until you realise it IS one; it is a extremely funny, barbed and ironic book; it is a character driven piece as well as a plot-driven piece. It is one of my top 10 books of all time. The only other book I can think of that comes even close to Kate Atkinson's style in this book is Jostein Gaarder's "The Solitaire Mystery"
This is a story of much complexity and I couldn't put it down. The story is about a 16 year old girl, Isobel Fairfax and her story is sad, humorous, disturbing and compelling. I was transfixed with genius of the writing. You are taken through the past and present and are never sure what is real and what is not but before the book ends you quickly drawn to the reality of it all.
Finding the truth of what happened to Eliza, Isobels mother, is especially interesting. This book also goes into the world of all the people involved with Isobel. A lot going on here.
It is in much the same style as Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie Macdonald.
Didn't give it 5 stars because I could have probably done without the Shakespeare part, but it was really a gread read!!!
Once more, she manages to play with dream and reality, past, present and future in an extraordinary exercise of style. The easiness with which she describes people, places and times as if she had the ability to cut out a slice of time for you is remarkable indeed.
But above all, she manages to bring to life yet another truly great character. Isobel Fairfax is sensible, generous, she has a wonderful sense of humour and this amazing sense of reality whilst travelling through the magical depths of time. Although different from Ruby Lennox in Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Isobel displays the same essential characteristic; both are extremely lovable. Kate Atkinson makes you think with them, feel with them, and suddenly Ruby and Isobel become your friends.
Ruby is a precious stone, Isobel is a beautiful pearl; Kate Atkinson has the gift of a jeweller to turn raw material into a magical sparkle of life. I can't wait for her next masterpiece!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another terrific book from a favourite author, not her best but still an addictive read. The plot took a while to get started and it has a confusing ending, which spoilt it a bit,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine McCallum
Human Croquet's narrator ("just" a girl) caused me to fall in love with the writings of Kate Atkinson, whose prose is funny, wise, dark, and light at the same time! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leigh Ann Williams
Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer. Human Croquet is not like anything I've ever read. Is it time-travel, supernatural, schizophrenic delusions or dreams? Amazing.Published 3 months ago by Dem. Ph.D
This is the seventh book I've ready by Kate Atkinson, so obviously I like her writing. This one was challenging because of the time shifts and plot shifts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by purrkz
I've read and enjoyed many of Kate Atkinson's books. If you haven't read anything else by her, don't start with this one. It isn't up to her usual standard. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gram1950
I've just reread this book and liked it even better the second time. Atkinson has a way of playing with time and plot that is absorbing and amusing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Penelope Glass
I am a bit prejudiced, as Kate Atkinson is my favorite author. This book is quite wonderful as are all of her books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by I pad kitty
If reading books that have "a beginning, middle and end"...linear writings as it were, is your joy then Ms Atkinson's books will frustrate so don't read this unless you're... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JG