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Cave & Julia (Kindle Single)

Cave & Julia (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

M John Harrison
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When the English journalist named Cave visits the island of Autotelia, he finds the dockyards of the old harbor gentrified and the island’s famous ruins a tourist attraction. When he gets to know the alluring Julia Vicente, a former film actress, he discovers her life has been marked by the childhood disappearance of her brother. Was she guilty of his death, or was it an accident after all? As Cave’s life grows entwined with hers, he tries to answer these questions, while his new lover seems determined to perpetuate the mystery.

M John Harrison is an English-born writer with an international reputation as a writer of modern fantasy and science fiction. The winner of both the Arthur C Clarke and Philip K Dick awards, he is the author of the Viriconium sequence of novels and the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy. His novel Climbers (1989) was the first novel to win the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 148 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M John Harrison (2 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6C8POI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing. 5 July 2014
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A book that is small in page numbers, but larger by far in content, Cave & Julia is set in Autotelia and London. I’ve not come across the author’s work before and was intrigued enough by the story to do some research. Autotelia is the name given to an imaginary place in which other stories are set. The word itself struck me as real rather than imagined, so I looked further. I found a Portuguese dictionary that told me it means: the doctrine that a work of art, especially a work of literature, is an end in itself or provides its own justification. I found no other entries in English dictionaries.
Enough. The story, if that’s what it can be called, is about relationships and, possibly, dreams. But, oddly, that doesn’t seem to matter. It’s a work that recalled to mind D.H. Lawrence’s The Trespasser in tone. It’s a piece of narrative without the usual hooks on which to hang a story. We are introduced to the narrative character, Cave, a journalist, and to Julia, much married and partially destroyed by an unclear event in her childhood. Some attempt is made by Cave to investigate the event, but it is left a question, with insufficient detail to determine what really happened.
The language is fine and always appropriate. An air of mystery and uncertainty pervades the whole tale. Nothing is as it seems, or, perhaps it is. This is a piece of writing that leaves the reader full of questions; impressed but uncertain why that should be.
It’s one of the Amazon Kindle Singles, and is tagged as a fantasy short. At 15 pages it is short, and, existing, as it does, in a space difficult to identify or even in some senses understand, it is fantasy, but fantasy of a literary sort.
I found myself intrigued, curious, disturbed and entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful short story 15 April 2013
By Shaz
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I loved this story. M John Harrison's writing is like no-one else's. Darkly beautiful and thought provoking. The characters and the scenery stayed with me for a long time after reading this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars should have stayed in the cave 9 July 2014
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It's hard to believe I read this book through, there really is no story line, no plot, the characters are dull and lifeless. I think the printers went bankrupt
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have missed m john harrison 18 Mar 2014
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It's quite a while since I have read one of his books.It's the brilliance of his humour that is so appealing,the result is I have bought another book,in the same series as Light,which was the first book I read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great introduction to M John Harrison 15 May 2013
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Harrison is one of my favourite writers and this short work is a great introduction to his writing. He has no interest in spelling things out, instead his text evokes, resonates and haunts leaving a lot of lines to read between. The text is full of images and ideas that stick in your mind and I find that I'm frequently drawn back to re-read his work.

Cave and Julia contains a second visit to the country of Autotelia (the first was in Simon Ings wonderful Arc magazine - search for it on amazon after you've clicked 'buy' for this book) and despite the entirely different setting it evoked for me some of the same moods that his Kefahuchi Tract trilogy does. Without quite being able to put my finger on it I also found myself reminded of Durrells Alexandria quartet

highly recommended and if you like this dive right into the Kefahuchi tract trilogy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cave and Julia 14 May 2013
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Indeterminacy is at play as two lost souls try to make sense of themselves in a continent overlying what used to be known as the Mediterranean. Engaging yet resistant and, as ever with Harrison, marvellous.
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a wast of money and time reading it i would prefer you not to recommend a book again for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic MJH short 16 Jun 2013
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I grew up reading Harrison, and his short stories are some of my favourites. "Cave & Julia" is an excellent example of his short fiction: mysterious, incredibly erudite, with sentences which burn into your mind as you read them. Don't expect answers; do expect surprise, and ultimately to be intrigued.
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