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The Marriage of Sticks [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Carroll
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After a high school reunion, a woman loses her grip on reality

Miranda marches into her high school reunion with the confidence of a professional at the top of her field. But inside she is lost, disenchanted with her career, and as alone as a person can possibly be. As a teenager in Crane’s View, she fell in love with unrepentant bad boy James Stillman, and though they never slept together, he thrilled her as no man has since. She returns to her hometown hoping to reconnect with him, but learns at the reunion that he was killed in a car crash years ago.
In the weeks that follow, Miranda is haunted by visions of the past. First she sees James, alive and healthy, and more chilling hallucinations follow. Seeking distraction, she dives into an ill-advised love affair that turns darker than she could ever imagine. To find peace, Miranda must learn to walk the razor-thin line that separates this world from the one that follows.
This ebook contains an all-new introduction by Jonathan Carroll, as well as an exclusive illustrated biography of the author including rare images from his personal collection.

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The easy way to describe Jonathan Carroll's novels is to call them indescribable. Since his strange debut The Land of Laughs (1980), he's developed his own special flavour of fantastic or magic-realist unease. The protagonists have wonderful and successful lives, glowingly described--this latest book stars a popular, high-living and attractive woman who loves her lucrative career as a rare book dealer. As always in Carroll, though, the glittering surface of Miranda's good life conceals a certain hollowness. Shocking booby-traps await her, stabs of horror and loss from unexpected directions. Small indicators of wrongness accumulate: a wheelchair-bound woman glimpsed in an impossible place on a Los Angeles superhighway, a dog set on fire, a hospice named Fieberglas misheard as "Fever Glass". Dead men and unborn children seem to stalk Miranda. At one point she notices a scene from her tragically interrupted love affair showing on the giant screen of a deserted drive-in movie theatre. Neither Miranda nor the world are quite as she believes: but when she's been openly, nightmarishly condemned for being what she is, there is for once a slender chance of renunciation and redemption. The finale is enigmatic but oddly satisfying. You don't easily forget a Carroll book. --David Langford

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A compelling novel from a major cult author, mixing crime, thriller and the supernatural

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #405,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real triumph. He just gets better and better 20 April 1999
By A Customer
If you love Robertson Davies. If you love Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Paul Auster. John Irving. Tim Burton or Salman Rushdie. If you love wonder, romance, a world full of possibilities that may just get you some place you need to go, read this book. Read any book by Jonathan Carroll and suddenly you'll realize you've been looking for this writer a long time. THE MARRIAGE OF STICKS is everything he does well, BUT more romantic and touching in the end. I didn't know whether I should laugh or cry. I wanted to do both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Carroll.... 31 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
For those readers who are familiar with the wonderful writing of Jonathan have been waiting for this book. For those not yet familiar, Marriage of Sticks is a wonderful place to begin. You will be captivated by his characters from the moment you first meet them. This book is filled with magic and mystery, written in a sexy, thought provoking, tender manner.... with the humour and wit we have come to love in all of his stories. I envy anyone who has yet to read this wonderful novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like learning to fly without wings 1 April 1999
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This novel was recently published in Poland in translation. I had to go to three bookstores to find a copy because all of the others had sold out already. But Jonathan Carroll does that to you when you know his work. This story is a great one-- as usual it is visionary, romantic, wonderfully written and so full of wisdom that you want to underline every fifth line and take it with you into the restof your life. The one thing the book is NOT is horror!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers ahead 15 Aug. 2010
I enjoyed this at first but by the end I was totally at a loss. It starts off as a basic love story and takes a supernatural turn as it becomes apparent the protagonist is more than she seems.
I know this book has got a lot of positive reviews but I just didn't get it (this is the first Jonathon Carroll book I've read though, I can see he has quite a unique style).
This book is well written but one of my main problems was I disagreed with some of the main premises of the story- not sure why it's Miranda's fault James crashes his car for example or why Declan has more right to life than Miranda's daughter. Well alright yes I do, the book does say.. it's to do with destiny. Everything is preordained but she somehow has the power to defy fate affecting everyone else's fate accordingly. Well so what? At the risk of being an anarchist- GOOD.There's more though, apparently Miranda is also an immortal who is reincarnated after death- most people aren't but some are (as I said earlier I'm not sure why)and James (the deceased ex)informs her that this is a bad thing as she is a thoroughly selfish and terrible person, even though she quite obviously isn't. If your going to have a character go on a journey of self-improvement then at least give them some proper character flaws and a journey that consist of more than a character saying "your a nasty piece or work" and them saying "oh OK I'll take your word for it"
Also the book seems to meander along before eventually getting to a rather anti-climatic end. OK, this isn't an action story but it did come to rather an abrupt end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This was my first Jonathan Carroll book, but it certainly won't be my last. It starts as a piece of contemporary fiction, with rare-book dealer Miranda starting an affair with art expert Hugh Oakley. Carroll takes his time developing his characters, so much so that when the supernatural elements kick in later, there's no question of not believing in them.
Halfway through, there's a shocking twist (for both the characters and the reader), and then Miranda begins a series of bizarre experiences which challenge her sense of self and the world around her. And to cap it all, there's another neat twist at the end. Brilliant stuff! And plenty of dogs, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might well be Carroll's masterpiece 25 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
I was lucky enough to get hold of an early copy of the book and it held me spellbound for two days and nights. As usual, Carroll offers up romance (and oh, what a romance!), profundity, and a story which is deliciously unpredictable right up till the last page. The book would make a wonderful movie, as would all of his work. Give this book to someone you love and you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Is Back!! 26 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
I have also been fortunate to read an advance copy of Carroll's new one. Wow. This is a return to form for Carroll, tackling the Big Stuff, and feeling like you are floating through one of his dreams. Hopefully this will give him the audience he deserves. Like his best work, this one will alternately touch you, unsettle you, and have you take a good long look in the mirror.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick With It 12 Oct. 2008
Miranda returns to a class reunion, setting her heart on meeting her first boyfriend, James Stillman.
When she learns that he died in a car crash three years earlier, she is devastated.
Returning to New York she meets the fascinating Frances Hatch, and begins an affair with a married man.
Then she sees James Stillman waving to her from across the street. From this moment Jonathan Carroll gets up to his old tricks and takes the reader down a strange and altogether different pathway.

Although typically unreal, the author cleverly has you believing it all the same, having set the opening scenes in such a normal way.
Very clever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Read this many years after reading beehive one and so pleased that the magic I remembered was real and not done false memory. The writing is superb.
Published 22 months ago by Slimcufc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
Did not expect such a quick arrival - very pleased with that. As described. Very happy with this purchase. Would definately recommend it.
Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by Dominika
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
Simply amazing, I love these story from the beginning till end.
It start my fascination of Jonathan Carroll others books.
Published on 16 May 2012 by Joanna Sroka
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Carroll
This book is brilliant. It's fabulous, just buy a copy and read it. You won't be disappointed.
Published on 10 Mar. 2008 by Marc Lyth
2.0 out of 5 stars from boring to incomprehensible
I had big problems to stick to the plot. The first part describes the life of Miranda, the main character. It is dull, long and boring like high school reunions reminiscences. Read more
Published on 19 Oct. 2001 by "jeanfrancoisrit"
5.0 out of 5 stars The marriage of reality and mystery
The book, like so much of Carroll's work, appears to show the affect of the mystical or magical when it touches upon the lives or freal people. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of literature's great visionaries does it again
In a blurb somewhere, Pat Conroy said that Carroll is a cult waiting to be born. It's time for the birth. Read more
Published on 2 Mar. 2000
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