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- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publication Date: June 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KTHUUS6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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And so, we spent the evening eating curry with other GR friends, before Stu and I installed ourselves in a pub, where we listened to live music and were wowed by the wonderstuff of the young, dancing and drinking, and drinking and singing. The music ended, and we moved out to the beer garden, where we stayed until we could stay no longer, our faces lifted to the sky, being wowed some more by the moon and the stars.
Hello, the moon and the stars.
So says Edward Jarvis Huggins, the magical, tragical little boy at the heart of this incredible novel that is...well, really hard to fit into a genre. Metaphysical, historical, spiritual, literary, humorous, tragic, social comment, madsad and perpetual (these last words are borrowed from the man himself).
What it isn't is romance. It's not throwaway fiction, but none of Stu's work is throwaway stuff. He has such a unique and inspired view of the world that makes you stop and think, and re-read, and re-re-read. Where words do not exist to describe, he introduces his own. Where only sorrow should exist, he brings hope. In short, The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins is the work of a genius.
I'll be up-front and tell you that Stu and I have become friends, and I feel truly privileged to be his friend, and to be given the honour of publishing the paperback editions of some of his work. At some point, I'm going to take up his invitation to visit his home town of Tollesbury, and he says he's going to take me see all of the places I have read about, and the friends who "inspire" the characters in his stories.
But that night in Biggleswade was pure magic. I went drinking with Stuart Ayris. That, for me, really is Shuddershakes in the Land of Wow!
And Stu said, "The stars are much brighter in Tollesbury."
You know what, Stu mate? I'd have to agree.
I enjoyed reading this, watching the development of the story and the unfolding of the characters. I don't know if any of this story is based on truth but the author always manages to sift his own truth from the lives of those he writes about. Highly recommended and possibly the author's best yet.
The writing is lyrical, and simply sublime in places, and in that use of language I was transported on a journey of the most wonderful whimsey.
A beautiful story with beautiful characters, beautifully written.
Story telling of the highest calibre.