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Caroline: A Mystery [Hardcover]

Cornelius Medvei
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Product Description


`Medvei's prose is limpid and particular, telling the story with an exquisite control that interfuses the sublime and ridiculous in exact proportions, the one hidden inside the other. ...The result is pleasurable and profound. Medvei never puts a foot wrong.'
-- TLS, December 13, 2010

`enchanting... absolutely engrossing' --Sunday Times: Culture, Lucy Scholes, January 7, 2011

Book Description

The utterly beguiling and moving story of what happens when a man who is becoming tired of life meets a donkey called Caroline.

From the Inside Flap

Mr Shaw works for an insurance company, at a desk, in an office, in a city. One year, during his family summer holiday, his world is turned upside down when he meets Caroline. Caroline, whose eyes a man could drown in. Caroline, who likes a spring onion or two. Caroline, who is in fact a donkey.

To the outrage of his neighbours and the quiet bemusement of his wife, he walks her back to the city, builds her a stable and spends the evenings encouraging her talent for playing chess. She accompanies him to his office, charms his colleagues, earns a very positive annual appraisal and is missed more than her master when he retires. Most importantly, Caroline has reawoken something in Mr Shaw that had seemed lost, some appetite for life and its possibilities, and a sense of the extraordinary that lives within the everyday.

But can this idyll last? Are chess, radish tops and trips to the museum enough to nourish a relationship? Or, despite the love lavished on her, does Caroline secretly yearn for broader horizons?

Unfolding with the beauty and power of fable, Caroline depicts a glorious Indian summer in one man's life. It is tender, very funny and endlessly enjoyable.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Mr Thundermug:

'I am telling you now that you will not read a small work of genius like this, not only this year but for a long time to come - probably until his next one comes out'

Susan Hill

'What a colourful, glorious fantasy. I can't help believing that it's all true: Mr Thundermug is still out there somewhere'

Alexander Masters, author of Stuart: a Life Backwards

'A magic-realist confection with a sly, wry sense of humour and a deft ear for the surreal and the inconsequential ... the most quirky, entertaining debut of the year so far'

Sunday Telegraph

'A fabulously droll novella about a disgruntled baboon attempting to join the human race, an absolute treat'

Evening Standard

'Introduces a young writer of subtle and surreal imagination'

Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Cornelius Medvei was born in 1977 and grew up in the east of England. He studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked for a time in China as a teacher. His first book, Mr Thundermug, was published in 2006. He lives in London.
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