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5.0 out of 5 stars An extensive and exhilarating menu, 3 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Devil's Larder (Paperback)
Jim Crace has done it again! This author's richly faceted mind manages to find succinct stories from the most bizarre premises. Whether he is re-telling the Jesus-in-the-wilderness tale from the bible, or exploring the decaying bodies of an older married couple to dissect their premorbid lives, or, as in this instance, pausing on any number of theme and variations on the food fugue, he is extraordinarily successful. Why? The answer lies not only in the fact that he has a startlingly rich fantasy life, but that he is a consummately fine writer. Many of the 64 flights of fancy which comprise "The Devil's Larder" suggest free association thoughts that each of us encounters when a visual or gustatory or aural stimulus springs us forward into a sea of memory - stories read before, moments of orgiastic pleasure or flight and fright response. Crace uses such streams of conscious associations and brings them to the table for our feasting. The stories (or thoughts written) at first seem to be completely unrelated, but just as it is difficult not to leave fingerprints behind on the history of our fantasies, Crace creates or encounters wholly believable characters in the space of a few paragraphs or sentences and these creations are indelibly Crace. What a craftsman....and what a writer. These pages contain some of the most visual poetry being written today! Where will he take us next? Grady Harp
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