Sometimes bizarre; always engrossing,
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This review is from: The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee: His Researches (Paperback)
This is an experimental novel of almost mystical power which tells the story of an American academic and his researches into a 17th Century Englishman who builds an Opera House in a remote part of the Netherlands. All sounds simple enough so far but one is also swept up into the strange world of the protagonist's father, his relationship with a mysterious lady dwarf and the protagonists relationship with two teenage boys: the sensitive intelligent son of the dwarf and a clever lost street kid.The novel is interspersed with large chunks of of the score of Purcell's the Tempest (something that will be made clear in the reading of the novel) and takes place in Oregon and the Netherlands. It is very hard to do this strangely engrossing novel justice here but as an experimental novel it is unique and well worth a read.