Darkmans (Paperback)

Author: Barker, Nicola

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061575211
SKU 205820672
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0061575216
Release Date 12/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1.75T
"Nicola Barker's writing is hugely attractive, because it conjures images and ideas from a tremendous wealth of inspiration. It is the product of a powerful, sprawling imagination."
"Nicola Barker's DARKMANS is the wildest, cleverest, most original novel published this year."
"There's been nothing in English quite like Nicola Barker's DARKMANS....Barker is an original, linguistically, formally, and stylistically, and her take on history and contemporanea is a gamble that pays off."
"Once you're in the grip of this broad, funny, deeply strange book--once you and the 'Darkmans' are grappling with each other--neither you nor the novel is likely to let go....In its interweaving of the contemporary and the ancient, its engagement with questions of history and progress, DARKMANS is a rich exploration of our own layered present."
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Annotation A strange, devilishly ingenious labyrinth of a book, DARKMANS plot, like a Pynchon novel, is nearly indescribable, but its pages teem with fascinating characters and illusive yet seductive ideas about meaning and motive. DARKMANS was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2007.
Editors Note Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Darkmans is an exhilarating, extraordinary examination of the ways in which history can play jokes on us all... If History is just a sick joke which keeps on repeating itself, then who exactly might be telling it, and why? Could it be John Scogin, Edward IV's infamous court jester, whose favorite pastime was to burn people alive - for a laugh? Or could it be Andrew Boarde, Henry VIII's physician, who kindly wrote John Scogin's biography? Or could it be a tiny Kurd called Gaffar whose days are blighted by an unspeakable terror of - uh - salad? Or a beautiful, bulimic harpy with ridiculously weak bones? Or a man who guards Beckley Woods with a Samurai sword and a pregnant terrier? Darkmans is a very modern book, set in Ashford [a ridiculously modern town], about two very old-fashioned subjects: love and jealousy. It's also a book about invasion, obsession, displacement and possession, about comedy, art, prescription drugs and chiropody. And the main character? The past, which creeps up on the present and whispers something quite dark - quite unspeakable - into its ear. The third of Nicola Barker's narratives of the Thames Gateway, Darkmans is an epic novel of startling originality.
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Number of Pages 0848
Publisher Harper Perennial

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