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Photographing Fairies: A Novel by [Steve Szilagyi]

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From Library Journal

This rather bizarre first novel is an engaging mixture of fact and fiction. Hoping to win a reward offered by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, hapless photographer Charles Castle tries to prove that some apparently genuine photographs of fairies are actually brilliant frauds. Soon, however, Castle wants to prove the opposite; he is desperate to locate and photograph on his own the fairies he thinks populate an English garden. This quest leads him into a series of mishaps involving gypsies, murderers, and a whole cast of truly unique characters. Readers will feel compelled to finish this book to see what happens to all the strange characters Castle encounters on his venture. Recommended for general readers with a taste for slightly offbeat stories.
-Patricia C. Heaney, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Do you believe in fairies? American 1920's photographer Charles Castle doesn't--until a tantalizing photograph that just might show several fairies sends him packing off from his London studio to a Burkinwell inn, the Starry Night, on a quest to prove their existence. At first the photograph, the property of hard-headed constable Michael Walsmear, doesn't impress Castle; but a second look sends him off to eagerly credulous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who commissions him to buy the negatives before they can compete with Doyle's highly prized (and obviously bogus) photos of fairies. Even before he arrives in Burkinwell, Castle is set upon by Paolo and Shorty--a pair of thieves clearly destined to turn up later, confirming first-novelist Szilagyi's unashamed use of melodrama and coincidence to fuel his rickety plot--and rescued by pert Linda Drain, whose husband, Rev. Thomas Drain, enjoys solitary midnight orgies in a grove where ten- inch fairies (yes, fairies) trip over his naked body. Inquiries of Esmirelda, the Rubensesque servant at the Starry Night, reveal that it was the same fairies who drove Bea Templeton to panic and run in front of Walsmear's car, leaving behind her enraged husband Brian, who doesn't believe in fairies, and her innocent daughters Anna and Clara, who play with them every night as Castle struggles to get the troupe on film. A portentous frame-tale--Castle's awaiting execution for an unspecified crime--promises that things will turn out more grim than Grimm. The farrago of Twenties setting, Victorian plotting, folkloric conventions, and postmodern twitting of same makes this a curiosity most likely to appeal to readers willing to suspend several sorts of disbelief at once. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN : B00KFU6QZI
  • Publisher : Open Road Media; Reprint edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Publication date : May 27, 2014
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3079 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 262 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1497648521
  • Lending : Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you believe in fairies
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