Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, he is a compulsive liar and a weakling. When Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding castle of the Baron Von Aux, he meets thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and a puppy.
Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery and cold-blooded murder....
©2015 Patrick deWitt (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Confirms deWitt as one of the most talented young writers around." (Sunday Times on The Sisters Brothers)
"Wonderfully funny and original." (Spectator on The Sisters Brothers)
After Ablutions and Sisters Brothers I was at first excited, then became progressively more disappointed as I read, then expectant again believing I was being set up for some marvellously contrasting event, then curious, then questioning again. Eventually I found myself wishing I could call Patrick and ask; Why Patrick did you do this? Is it an early story that you feel you can now publish? Or were you trying to avoid sensationalism and uniqueness in your writing as a discipline, a personal challenge to write of the ordinary more beautifully than of the beautiful? Were you playing God looking down on your happy place? Your fantasy world? A world you withdraw to?
The point though, is that I am still thinking about this story, and this place. I think we all have our own fairy tale lands and they often have Easts and Wests and mountains and snow and train carriages with compartments for us to live simple lives without everyday gewgaws to distract us while we keep the machine turning and where we are not frustrated by our place within the world.
I once wrote of my own land, in one paragraph, one day while bored at work, which was similar geographically with mountains and snow, and with a kind encouraging and benevolent ruler who advocated self development, though unfortunately I was unable to achieve this as my boss didn't share these views, being from the crappy kingdom next door.
My review title does not mean I am trying to decide the title, it means I am, and will be for some time, thinking about this story.
Retired and doing what I like now...
No it was a bit too strange and not very wonderful. I guess S.P. done his best.
no ..I just stuck with it to the end . its now gone !
it was a silly tail with not much to it ,didn't like the ending . never mind someone out there will enjoy it.
At once deWitt's voice echoes the works of Dahl in its rich and varied portrayal of one boy's journey to find and keep a hold of love. A cast of characters emerge from an idyllic landscape full of bloodlust and sex. Just like are Sisters Brothers, the experience is unique, the story bold and understated. Great to listen to on walks.
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