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The Marriage Of Sticks [Paperback]

Jonathan Carroll
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10 Aug 2000
Returning to her class reunion, Miranda Romanac has her heart set on meeting James Stillman, her first boyfriend, once again. Her life's never quite measured up to the ideal he represented for her but she is devastated to learn that he died three years before, in a car crash. Her life settles back into routine in New York, and she meets the fabulous Frances Hatch, mistress of many of the great in Paris in the twenties, and at the same time starts an affair with a married man. Then she sees James Stillman, waving to her across the street. And her life changes forever. Confronted, literally, by the lives she's ruined one way or another, she learns the horrifying truth about herself and her own immortal existence.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo; New edition edition (10 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575402490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575402492
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A compelling novel from a major cult author, mixing crime, thriller and the supernatural --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A real triumph. He just gets better and better 20 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
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 Like learning to fly without wings 1 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Carroll.... 31 Mar 1999
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Format:Hardcover
For those readers who are familiar with the wonderful writing of Jonathan Carroll...you 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 The Magic Is Back!! 26 Mar 1999
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Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Might well be Carroll's masterpiece 25 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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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Format:Hardcover
In a blurb somewhere, Pat Conroy said that Carroll is a cult waiting to be born. It's time for the birth. THE MARRIAGE OF STICKS is a brilliant example of what this writer can and has been doing for the past decade. You will laugh and weep within the same sentence. How many writers can you say do that to you?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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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 16 months ago 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers ahead
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... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by A custumer
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick With It
Miranda returns to a class reunion, setting her heart on meeting her first boyfriend, James Stillman. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2008 by Mr. John Frank Herbert
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
Published on 23 Sep 2001 by jhildred@unlimited.com
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