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The Palace of Curiosities review ½ 104 á ➸ [Read] ➳ The Palace of Curiosities By Rosie Garland ➽ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Before Eve is born her mother goes to the circus She buys a penny twist of coloured sugar and settles down to watch the heart stopping main attraction a lion billed as a monster from the savage heVed a week in that thick stew of human waste Cast out by Victorian society Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source They will become The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man star performers in Professor Josiah Arroner's Palace of Curiosities And there begins a journey that will entwine their fates forev. Probably a 45 but I enjoyed it so much I'm going to round up rather than downThis is a dark sometimes violent yet ultimately uplifting book about 2 freaks one a hairy lion faced lady and the other a confused forgetful man who cannot die and fears the memories that haunt his dreams This is not the stuff of happy fairy tales but rather the story of 2 outsiders who come to value and exult in their otherness I loved the fact that the lion faced lady was at her happiest when exulting in her strangeness and that the other members of the freak show were not people who wanted or invited pity or disgust My only dislike was that I wanted the ending to be a bit bigger and exultant but in its own way it worked very well so that's just my personal preference This is really an odd little gem of a book and I'm glad I found it

The Palace of CuriositiesVed a week in that thick stew of human waste Cast out by Victorian society Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source They will become The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man star performers in Professor Josiah Arroner's Palace of Curiosities And there begins a journey that will entwine their fates forev. Probably a 45 but I enjoyed it so much I'm going to round up rather than downThis is a dark sometimes violent yet ultimately uplifting book about 2 freaks one a hairy lion faced lady and the other a confused forgetful man who cannot die and fears the memories that haunt his dreams This is not the stuff of happy fairy tales but rather the story of 2 outsiders who come to value and exult in their otherness I loved the fact that the lion faced lady was at her happiest when exulting in her strangeness and that the other members of the freak show were not people who wanted or invited pity or disgust My only dislike was that I wanted the ending to be a bit bigger and exultant but in its own way it worked very well so that's just my personal preference This is really an odd little gem of a book and I'm glad I found it

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The Palace of Curiosities ï Before Eve is born her mother goes to the circus She buys a penny twist of coloured sugar and settles down to watch the heart stopping main attraction a lion billed as a monster from the savage heart of Africa forged in the heat of a merciless sun Mama swears she hears the lion sigh The Palace Kindle just be. Hot on the heels of another book with a Victorian circus esue flavour I got to read an early ARC for The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland While it is a debut novel Garland is an award winning author in other disciplines and it definitely shows in her first long form offering It's a stunning piece of work with strong themes of identity acceptance of the Other and a touchingly uniue love story between two fabulous main characters I wouldn't be surprised if this is the benchmark against which the rest of this year's debuts will have to measure itself and it's only the first Monday of the year 2013 is certainly off to an amazing startTold in alternating chapters from the viewpoints of Eve and Abel The Palace of Curiosities goes a step further to differentiate between the two narrative strands both are told in first person but Eve's chapters are in the past tense while Abel's are in the present This is not just a way to differentiate between the two; it also reflects Abel's condition While Abel's otherness is left largely unexplained one of its features is that he wakes up every day as a blank slate; he's literally forgotten who he is where he is and what he is supposed to do Only holding on to a strict routine and the fact that his best friend Alfred looks after him and tells him what he needs to know when he wakes allows him to move through his days and slowly regain his memories as if jogging them awake only to lose them again when he goes to sleep As a result Abel lives in a continuous now with no past and mostly no thoughts of the future as such his story can only be told in the present tenseDue to his strange memory state his continual present Abel remains a mystery for much of the book He's a kind man with sometimes surprising skills since his body remembers what he can do – even if he can't – but is also rather childlike in his innocence and helplessness This makes him appealing as he's a sweet vulnerable character in the harsh lower class world of Victorian London The only times the reader is given glimpses of Abel's past is through his dreams which of course are than just dreams Through these we see his uest to discover the reason behind his endless resurrections and his numerous attempts to end his existence They lend this strange fathomless man some darker edges and only deepen his mystery Abel's continual struggle to regain – and keep – his memories is very much connected to a search for identity to understand who he is where he came from and what his raison d'être is If one doesn't know their past how can they know who they are When Abel finds a way to anchor his memories through writing them down or through Eve or Alfred he becomes distinct and stronger in his sense of selfEve on the other hand starts off strong and confident in her otherness She refuses to shave her pelt and to conform; she regards herself as beautiful as she is thanks to her imaginary companion Donkey Skin But during the novel Eve slowly seems to lose herself seems to be whittled down and robbed of her confidence by her husband Mr Arroner She loses Eve in being Mrs Arroner and in her desire to be loved and its only once she meets Abel that she starts to find Eve again Once she starts to assert herself again with the help of Lizzie one of Arroner's other Curiosities and Abel she frees herself and instead of being the Other that needs to be feared creates an environment for herself where she is the celebrated Other; the neighbourhood mascot instead of a freakAbel and Eve find each other when Abel is recruited by George to be part of Mr Arroner's collection of human curiosities In each other they slowly find their way back to themselves; in each other's eyes they see the truth of themselves not that which makes them different It is a sweet romance though due to Eve's married state their feelings go unacknowledged for much of the narrative I loved their slow dance and the air of danger that hangs around their gradual attraction This unlikely courtship takes place under the scrutiny of the other freaks to be either helped used to their own advantage or be ignored The others in the household mountainous matronly Lizzie the painted man George who is covered in tattoos that tell the stories of Scheherazade and rubber boy Bill are all fascinating in their own right especially the first two who have larger role than young Bill They are all outcasts either by choice or by fate and they all have different ways of coping with it Within the household however the one 'normal' person Eve's avaricious and cruel husband Mr Arroner is the outcast disliked by all except Eve; in this strange house he is the odd one outGarland's writing is exuisite feeling both contemporary to its setting without feeling dated and incredibly atmospheric The sights sounds and smells of the Victorian streets are evoked in full measure through both a keen ear for speech and dialogue and wonderful descriptive passages My one complaint here would be that it didn't feel set beyond Victorian Britain The story is ostensibly set in London but it could have been set in another large British town as easily as it didn't seem firmly rooted in its London environmentThe Palace of Curiosities is a curious beast; part fantasy part historical fiction part magical surrealism it's all parts amazing For such a slim book it contains a big story with deep themes and wonderful characters It was an enchanting read which deeply impressed me I think this will be one of the must read books on 2013 though not everyone might be as taken with it as I am The book will be released in the UK at the end of March Be sure to pick a copy and discover the delights of The Palace of Curiosities for yourselfThis book was provided for review by the publisher Free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ï Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland ï 4 review

Rosie Garland ï 4 review Fore it leapsand when Eve is born the story goes she didn't cry she meowed and licked her paws When Abel is pulled from the stinking Thames the mudlarks are sure he is long dead As they search his pockets to divvy up the treasure his eyes crack open and he coughs up a stream of black water But how has he survi. 25 Stars Wow I really disliked this book which is such a shame because it had such potential The two main characters Eve and Abel were just so Well Boring Abel was interesting during the first part of the book but Eve was boring all the way through The story was predictable and the entire book just felt like it fell flat The one thing it had going for it was that the writing was uite lyrical and I enjoyed how unnerving and weird some of the book was but I just couldn't get over how boring the plot and the characters were