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The somnambulist

Author: Jonathan Barnes
Publisher: Orion London 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An extraordinary tale of poetry, secret societies, travelling circuses and walking dead set in a richly realised Victorian London

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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Barnes
ISBN: 9780575079427 0575079428
OCLC Number: 861952854
Notes: 'Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. It is a lurid piece of nonsense, convoluted, implausible, peopled by unconvincing characters, written in drearily pedestrian prose, frequently ridiculous and wilfully bizarre. Needless to say, I doubt you'll believe a word of it.' So starts the extraordinary tale of Edward Moon, detective, his silent associate the Sonambulist and devilish plot to recreate the apocalyptic prophecies of William Blake and bring the British Empire crashing down. With a gallery of vividly grotesque characters, a richly evoked setting and a playful highly literate style this is an amazingly readable literary fantasy and a brilliant debut.
Description: 288 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Jonathan Barnes.

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"This promising debut subverts its 19th-century predecessors amusingly. Inventive and often witty. A cabinet crammed with curiosities." -- Sarah Crowden THE OBSERVER

 
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