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Sleeping in Flame [Paperback]

Jonathan Carroll
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30 Sep 2004
Written by the author of "The Land of Laughs" and "Bones of the Moon", this novel combines reality and magic. Walker Easterling, found abandoned as an infant in a bin, falls in love and unwittingly provokes a reaction of bizarre encounters and threats from some dark world of dreams and legends.
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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl; Reprint edition (30 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765311860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765311863
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Carroll defined 22 Sep 2002
By Richard
This is the second of the six books John Clute has called "The Answered Prayers Sequence". Due to the vagaries of publishers re-printing schedules it was the last of the six I read but for me it is one of the peaks of the sequence along with A Child Across the Sky and From the Teeth of Angels.
We enter the world of Walker Easterling a bit part actor and hopeful scriptwriter living in Vienna and follow him fallng in love with Maris York, a woman with a past. Just another of many stories on such themes you think and that is how the book progresses for perhaps the first third, which is when things start to get weird. Walker seems to have a past of his own, a past he does not know about but which he must recall and decipher to solve the problems of his present. Following the death of his friend and Director Nicholas Sylvian, Walker is contacted by Hollywood Director Weber Gregston (the link to Bones of the Moon the first book of the sequence) and he is off to California to take a role in a major new movie and to meet the people who will help to solve his personal riddles.
Sleeping In Flame has all the trademarks of the great Carroll novel. Carroll sucks us in with believable characters and great storytelling. With subtle shifts of scene and story we gradually move from the world we know into one decidedly disturbing and differrent but because of the starting position it remains very believable. Despite Bones of the Moon (much more of a Fantasy) this is where Answered Prayers really starts in earnest. As Carroll himself has said he did not know he was writing a series until Gregston makes the phone call halfway through the book. Gregston himself would play the lead in A Child Across the Sky (the third book) and here we also meet Harry Radcliffe the architect protagonist of the 4th book Outside the Dog Museum. Jonathan Carroll writes about the human condition, its transiency and shows why we should not always achieve what we desire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece of magical realism 29 Jan 2008
Sleeping in Flame uses the classic Jonathan Carroll elements: there's Vienna, love, reincarnation, magic, a writer and so on. That should sound familiar to anybody who has read Carroll. However, despite the familiarity, I found Sleeping in Flame simply fantastic. I've read, what, nine of Carroll's books so far and of what I've read, it is probably my favourite.

Walker Easterling is screenwriter living in Vienna. She meets a fabulous woman, falls in love and then, magic starts to happen. It's not warm and fuzzy magic, but strange and apparently dangerous. Walker investigates and bumps into curious cast of people, some familiar from the other books in the same continuum Wikipedia calls the Answered Prayers sextet.

It's a lovely story and I enjoyed the way it recycled old fairy tales. The only downside about reading this book is that there's one less Carroll book left for me to read... He's one of the most constantly great authors, every book I've read from him has been good. Highly recommended, this one's a good starting place for those new to his works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd and brilliant! 10 Oct 2013
By cubuwu
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This is the third time I have bought this book! I keep lending it to people and they never return it.. they must like it as much as I do XD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service 7 Mar 2013
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Did not expect such a quick arrival - very pleased with that. As described. Very happy with this purchase. Would definately recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant read from carroll 13 Feb 2009
By Bridget
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wish i had even some of the ideas this guy has! Fantastic read as per usual
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