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Malcolm Orange Disappears Paperback – June 7, 2014
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The best debut novel I've read in years.
At its best, Malcolm Orange Disappears reminds the reader of Kurt Vonnegut and other masters of the absurd - Carson can be very, very funny.
A born storyteller, her narratives are uncontainable, fizzing up out of her pages like soda and vinegar in a bottle.
A highly original book; very quirky.
About the Author
JAN CARSON completed a BA in English Literature in Queens University, Belfast, and a Masters in Literature in Theology and Contemporary Culture. Jan is a Community Arts Development Officer in the Ulster Hall in Belfast. She has led many creative writing workshops and read extensively in Britain, Ireland and the United States. She runs a monthly literary event at the Ulster Hall which has showcased Irish writers such as Jennifer Johnston, Glenn Patterson and Ciaran Carson.
Top customer reviews
The book spends almost as much time on minor and other major characters as it does Malcolm. It seems as though every other chapter is devoted to the history of another character we just came to know or are about to know further. Even on the chapters about Malcolm, the story will go back and tell a short side story about other characters. While this might be tough at first, I found there to be a rather interesting rhythm behind it.
All-in-all, I found this story to be funny, sad and truthful, especially in its most fantastical moments, such as flying children and a disappearing main character. It also had redemption. It was sharp and full of wit. And one thing I really appreciated about it was that it never seemed to drift into over explanations or sentimentality. We are left to draw our own conclusions much of the time.
Our lives are broken and we all hurt. Sometimes we have to lose ourselves in order to be found. And sometimes the blind are more keen on seeing than the people with 20/20 vision. It is a book that will stay with me for awhile.
MALCOLM ORANGE DISAPPEARS is like Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS with the heart and soul of the traditional Irish yarn; crafted by a voice that's worldly yet childishly enthusiastic about the possibilities that are out there awaiting discovery it is simply majestic.