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Poetry and prose blend together to create a different and highly original read. Taking place over a period of seven days, the three main characters are all a little lost in a corrupt world. There are many different directions in which you can travel through this book, so each reader is likely to have a very individual and personal journey. I found a deep, dark novel, with occasional shards of sunlight, there were parts that I absolutely loved and others where, to be honest, I felt a little lost and slightly bewildered. The poetry and prose occasionally seemed to meld together, with no clear definition between the two, creating a lyrical intensity. It took a while to settle in and to feel the story, as at times I felt overwhelmed by the sometimes overly descriptive writing. By the end I felt an understanding, but not necessarily a recognition, and I still have questions about this thought provoking and unusual novel. ~ Liz Robinson
'This is a world of strangenesses, set in a shadowy, nightmare atmosphere with a flavour of Grimm and whiffs of Gormenghast, laced with playfulness, unexpected humour and, eventually, hope.' - Maggie Butt, Poet and Associate Dean of Middlesex University.
Set in a time which is now or any time, in a place which is England or anywhere, and against a backdrop of barbaric extremes of religio-political corruption, 14-year-old Kinch and his associates, Pigeon and Brownie, each try to salvage coherence and integrity from the moral chaos that surrounds them. Kinch is a fantasist, romantically obsessed with avenging the murder of his anarchist father; Pigeon is an insecure literate naif of unknown parentage, and Brownie an itinerant actor and frustrated poet now in the pay of the religio-political hierarchy as an informer. Taking place in and around the walled cathedral city of Axton, the story charts the adventures of its three main characters over a seven-day period. As we follow them through their sub-universe of violence, farce and melodrama, our own ideas of cognition, motive and memory are teased apart to expose the redemptive epiphanies of the organic and material world.
‘Prepare to enter the dark, unsettling world of Kinch, Pigeon and Brownie, where you will be carried along on rich, visceral writing which uncannily dissolves the boundaries between prose and poetry. This is a world of strangenesses, set in a shadowy, nightmare atmosphere with a flavour of Grimm and whiffs of Gormenghast, laced with playfulness, unexpected humour and, eventually, hope. Owen’s vivid, haunting writing takes you on a journey unlike any other, to a land you won’t forget.’ - Maggie Butt, Poet and Associate Dean of Middlesex University
Publication date: 28/08/2015
Publisher: Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing
|Publication date:||28th August 2015|
|Author:||Laurie Evan Owen|
|Publisher:||Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Laurie Evan Owen's childhood switched from a bombed-out Birmingham to a very rural Buckinghamshire. After grammar school and art school in Oxford, he studied painting at the Royal Academy and worked as an artist in London, before marrying, raising children, earning money as a house painter, writing, becoming a well-known community activist, retiring, divorcing and then moving to the Sussex coast.More About Laurie Evan Owen