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Enchanted Night

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I should have tagged this on to the Good Reads thread, but I think this book is worthy of it's own thread.

I was given it the other day and read it in a couple of hours (it's a Novella, just a hundred pages or so) and was absolutely staggered by it. It is without doubt the best book I have ever read. The world he creates in the story is the world I want to live in. I implore you all to read this. I have vauge recollections that it won the Booker, or Orange literary prize a while back, and I can tell you, it's fully deserved.

Enchanted Night - by Stephen Millhauser.

Read it now, or I'll come around and burn your houses down.
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You must read it, it's incredible. If would be great if we could get this into the bookclub. It's not a heavy read, and is quite short....a good start perhaps ? I'm also going to recommend 'The Dice Man' by Luke Reinhart.

No, I haven't read any of his other work but I've instructed my mother and associated minions to hunt down anything by him and buy it for me.
Don't be afriad, as I am of Sebastians muderous Olives, of this book. If I could describe it in two words, I'd say "Romantically Melancholy", with a sprinkle of magic thrown in.

It's a truely superb piece of work. In the meantime, I'm going to give serious thought to Terri's "sciatica ridden ass". Slobber.
Not scarey in the slightest.

I'm itching to talk about it - but I'll be gracious and let you read it first. But hurry up woman, it's only 114 pages long, and half of those pages only have a single paragraph on it. Get to it !
Good work Miss T*. But, horror of horrors, it sounds like you didn't like it. Say it ain't so. What about the dancing dolls in the attic ?

As for the discussion, I thought that the story, essentially, was about loneliness and redemption. I think there was some relation to Depersonalisation-ish issues as well. Of course, being an egotistic narcassisisiscisiitc bastard, I identified with Mr Harkener, or whatever his name was. The tortured writer, insomniac, living with his mum, having dirty thoughts about older women, awaiting forgiveness.!! :shock:

The only thing I thought wasn't neccessary was the pied-piper bit. I couldn't see the point of that.
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