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The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Ayris , Katie W Stewart
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Edward Jarvis Huggins is a ten year old boy brought up in a shack in eighteenth century England, his father an alcoholic, his mother dead.

Fleeing their father, Edward and his sister find themselves in Kent, on a farm peopled by other restless souls who have arrived at that same place over the previous ten years for reasons unknown to them.

Edward is convinced that he is the re-incarnation of Jesus, the returning Messiah, the son of God. Could it be that he really has been sent to earth to save mankind or is he just a troubled little boy who talks to the moon and the stars?

The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins is a novel of courage, humour, and destiny.

This novel is in the Magical Realism/Literary Fiction genre. It is not therefore either traditional historical fiction or traditional romantic fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2671 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stuart Ayris was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London, England.

He is the author of the following novels:

Tollesbury Time Forever (2012)
A Cleansing of Souls (2012)
The Bird That Nobody Sees (2012)
I Woke Up This Morning (2013)
The Buddhas of Borneo (2013)
The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins (2014)
Elysian Wonderland (2015)

In terms of writing, his heroes are Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine innings of a book. 10 Jun. 2014
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If you are a fan of Stuart Ayris, like me, you will not be disappointed. His creativity, charm and and wonder are printed upon each swipepage of this book. ;)
But for those who have not read a Stuart Ayris I can honestly only advise you to give it a go. The opening scenes I think are some of his best work to date. The characters are grand. The poetry and game of cricket divine.
There are thousands more tragical ways to spend a couple of quid I'm sure, but only one that could make your day a bit more magical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant or Enjoyable Rubbish - Still Not Sure! 22 July 2014
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This is the first book I have read by this author. I was drawn to it by the wonderful title and the very good reviews. I read it within hours as I wanted to know what happened to all the characters I met, especially Edward Jarvis Huggins.

So why my review heading? Why my star rating?

I enjoyed the book so that must count for something. It drew me in and captured me but was that the magical bit? Is it Stuart Ayris who is actually magical and was it him who cast a spell for those few hours? I am still not sure.

In parts his writing reminded me of Stephen King at his most whimsical. To me, there are echoes of his Dark Tower series where now and then bleed into each other.

My star rating is based on 5 for brilliant writing and 3 for enjoyable rubbish, so 4 overall.

Do I feel I wasted my time reading it - no, definitely not, but I think it will be up to you to decide which of the two, brilliant or enjoyable rubbish, it will be. All I can say is, take a magical tragical chance. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru Speaks 25 July 2014
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I suspect Stuart Ayris will collect a cult following. A following of those seeking a little more from this brief life that can, at times, be filled with pain and anguish. Ayris gently nudges one towards enlightenment with a soft hand and a kind word. Is he a guru? He’d laugh at the idea and yet I find his novels touch me in a way that is rare in literature.

His writing breaks every conversation in the book, pun intended. He remains playful slipping in poetic lines whenever he damn well pleases and to hell with the hard hearted critic.

I’ve been known to drone on with the books I’ve loved but I feel the need to keep this succinct.
This novel is about cricket and a little boy who seems heaven sent. It is about loss, grief and redemption. It is about friendship, teamwork and the human spirit. Whatever this fabulous novel teaches you enjoy it. That is all. Now go. Read. Be uplifted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracles, wonder, friendship and hope. 16 Feb. 2015
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This is definitely a marmite book. If you’re a fan of supermarket genre fiction it's probably not for you…But it might be…variety, spice and all that. Me. I love marmite.
What drew me to it initially was an acknowledgement, thanking the Rolling Stones for Exile on Main Street, which the author listened to throughout. Well, referencing the greatest achievement in the history of music was always going to grab my attention. But having read the book, for me a far closer musical reference point is the Kinks master work, 'The village green preservation society', as this is a book steeped in an England of old, rich in tradition, comfortable in itself i.e. not 'Ingerlund'.
It's not a book that zips along at pace, jumping from one thrill or caper to the next. It takes its time, exploring and enjoying its own journey, hoping you do to. Briefly, it’s a story about Edward and his sister's journey in search of his messianic destiny, climaxing in a game of cricket. It's a book rich in metaphor. Along the path, there are an abundance of intriguing characters all drawn to a time and place. The author's presence is all over this with lightly scattered phrases throughout, adding energy and fun but never getting in the way. It’s a book about wonder, miracles, friendship and hope. Also, I now sort of understand the appeal of cricket, which for a Scot is a miracle in itself.
I really enjoyed it. Some may find it too whimsical, but to quote Sheldon from big bang "What's life without whimsy."
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Ayris magic. 4 July 2014
Here we have a fine collection of characters: some heroes, some villains, but mainly people doing what we all do – getting through life as best we can. A supernatural element runs through it and we are led to a finish that is signposted at various stages in the book. When the expected end duly arrives there was no sense of anti-climax; instead I nodded with approval and thought, ‘Yes, that’s how it had to be.’
If you haven’t yet read a Stuart Ayris book then I urge you to do so. But you need to set aside any preconceptions about what a novel ought to be, then relax and let the author take you on an adventure where you will laugh, cry and sing – possibly all at the same time.
Both the author’s exuberance and his concern for his fellow man shine through. If the precise word that he needs doesn’t exist, either for meaning or to simply sound right in the context, then he creates a new one – and we know instinctively just what it means. He breaks away from the storyline to have personal chats with the reader. Although this tale is set in 18th century England, lines from 20th century songs appear. This may sound like chaotic literary anarchy, but it’s hugely entertaining. In amongst the humour and pathos are very perceptive comments on what is generally referred to as the human condition.
It’s a unique style and one that really works for this reader.
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Published 25 days ago by mary ives
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe this was meant to be a sad story but there was a lot of love and...
Maybe this was meant to be a sad story but there was a lot of love and happiness in it and in the end everything was as it was meant to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Rona OLDMAN
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Published 3 months ago by MR BP MACKEY
4.0 out of 5 stars I hesitate to say that Ayris' written style is unique but I'd never...
I didn't quite know what to make of this but the sheer vitality of the writing carries you along; I hesitate to say that Ayris' written style is unique but I'd never read anything... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TW286
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magical, Miraculous Edward Jarvis Huggins
Stuart is an absolute legend. His writing is lyrical and unique yet somehow, within a few sentences, I find myself deep in the world that he has created and enjoying myself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. S. Leatherdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Strange but very readable.
Published 9 months ago by Caroline Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the realm of the ordinary
Reading this book is no ordinary experience. If you like books that start at the beginning and tell a story in a fairly mundane way, using language which may be well-chosen but is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs JR McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Shuddershakes in the Land of Wow!
A most wonderful thing happened to me earlier this year. I got to meet the incredibly talented Stuart Ayris at a Goodreads UK author/reader get-together, and brilliantly, he is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Debbie McGowan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Found this. Book really hard to get into
Published 9 months ago by Sheila Elizabeth Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird
I tried 4 times to get into it, I found it weird the way it was written. Not a story as such.
Boring. Its now been wiped from my kindle.
Published 9 months ago by LC
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