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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully told fairy tale for grownups, slightly similar to Neil Gaiman's work
I don't know whether Karen Lord has read any books by Neil Gaiman. What I do know is that it feels like she has (perhaps accidentally) written one.

Redemption in Indigo is a fairy tale with its own mythology. It does not read like an ornate, pretty, romantic-era literary fairy tale, but a traditional orally told fairy tale that just happens to be quite long...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Beginning and ending
I took this book on holiday - it started out really great but then got a little bizarre for my taste. At the beginning I thought it would be a five star read but it turned out not to be. The ending was good though. So if the book comprised just the beginning and the ending I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully told fairy tale for grownups, slightly similar to Neil Gaiman's work, 5 Jan 2013
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I don't know whether Karen Lord has read any books by Neil Gaiman. What I do know is that it feels like she has (perhaps accidentally) written one.

Redemption in Indigo is a fairy tale with its own mythology. It does not read like an ornate, pretty, romantic-era literary fairy tale, but a traditional orally told fairy tale that just happens to be quite long. The start and finish allude to this oral tradition.

This is the story of a young woman who's run away from her gluttonous husband, and who is given a strange gift by eternal beings - a chaos stick. The chaos stick has been taken from another eternal being, as punishment for his behaviour, and he wants it back.

The tale is told with great pace (like all oral narratives), with characters sketched in such vivid and economical ways that they manage to own the stage when they're on it, and moments and scenes that could belong in any folk tale. Some bits are episodic: her gluttonous husband has three misadventures when visiting her village, the mysterious eternal lord shows her three things... just like old folk tales, there are elements of repetition and archetypal characters and episodes.

The setting appears to be Africa, but the era is cheerfully uncertain, giving the tale a certain timelessness.

Comparisons with Neil Gaiman's work were occasionally on my mind for a number of reasons. One was the Trickster - the spider, Nancy, the same trickster God that appeared in American Gods and Anansi Boys, who is not a very common character in Western / European narratives and whom not many readers might know about. The other reason is the shadowy eternal beings that are having duties and a conflict and that, in so many ways, are a bit like the Endless from the Sandman Slipcase Set: 1-10 series. So the story feels a little bit like what would happen if you squeeze Sandman through American Gods and Anansi Boys and filter it via Stardust (Neil Gaiman's fairy tale for adults): beautiful, sweet, with depth and richness and a real sense of stories and myths. If Karen Lord has not read any Neil Gaiman works, she has somehow managed to distill his lighter essence into a short novel through sheer magic. (Redemption in Indigo is not as dark as some of Gaiman's stories get).

I'd never heard of this novel or author before, but I am an instant fan. It was an absolute delight to read and I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Beginning and ending, 18 May 2014
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I took this book on holiday - it started out really great but then got a little bizarre for my taste. At the beginning I thought it would be a five star read but it turned out not to be. The ending was good though. So if the book comprised just the beginning and the ending I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Tale!, 22 Jan 2014
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This was a very enchanting tale and an enjoyable read. The author has incorporated an interesting collection characters nicely into this story. Some of the writing is truly excellent, as in chapter 20 where the story teller relates the heroines culinary skills:

"I have heard tales of how magnificently she can cook. I could relate for you a description of a morsel of her honey-almond cake, a delicacy which is light enough to melt on the tip of the tongue and yet it lingers on the palate with its subtle flavours long into the dream-filled reaches of the night. I could sing the praises, secondhand, alas, of her traveller's soup, a concoction of smoothly blended and balanced vegetables and herbs guaranteed to put heart and strength back into the bones of the weariest voyager.... I have just this moment recalled a certain jar that sits in her kitchen, filled with dried fruit steeping in spice spirit, red wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg, patiently awaiting that day months or even years hence when it will be baked into a festival cake that will turn the head of the most seasonal toper."

A great page turner which I would gladly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure why I like it but I do, 29 Aug 2013
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I am not sure what it is about Karen Lord's fairy tale style of writing that so draws me in, it is certainly not the usual sort of book I read which is much harder sci-fi and fantasy, but once you start reading you'll find it hard to walk away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoying this, 21 April 2013
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an unexpected page turner. I have never read anything quite like this before, it's funny, kas great characters and enjoyable narrative.
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