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- Print Length: 444 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0952884399
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- Publisher: PENTALPHA PUBLISHING EDINBURGH (30 July 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FKJ1OCE
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
In Delirium the main protagonist and principal Narrator, is Andrea who takes refuge in France from a failed love affair and some sort of breakdown. She is obsessed by the 19th century Symbolist boy-poet, Arthur Rimbaud, and his missing prose-poem, La Chasse Spirituelle, and this makes her vulnerable to the machinations of the Magician, Albert Abrike, and his young companion, who may or may not be a reincarnation of Rimbaud. She is tantalised with glimpses of the missing poem, but neither she nor we can tell if it is authentic or not. Accompanying this main narrative is a mosaic of contributions in the form of blogs and memoirs from other players in the mystery of the lost poem, and one of the strengths of the book is that these several storylines are developed and integrated without the novel losing its pace or coherence. Finally all the elements are pulled together into the great reveal at the end, in which the illusion and its message are both explained.
This is an excellent read. As well as displaying her technical mastery in uniting the narrative elements, the author creates a terrific cast of characters, each with his/her own voice. Of these, the mysterious and seductive Albert is the best and a fine invention.Read more ›
A story told in multiple layers, the ambition of this century-spanning novel shouts out on every page. The premise pivots on a rumour of a lost masterpiece written by the rebellious and precocious young poet. Mystery had always followed Rimbaud who, after a dazzling four-year career, abandoned his art at the age of twenty for a vagabond lifestyle. In fact, many thought him dead long before his time. But is there any truth in the rumour or is it another forgery? After all it wouldn’t be the first time someone has
tried to pass off their own work as Rimbaud’s.
When Andrea makes a pilgrimage to poet’s grave, she embarks on a journey of discovery that will lead her to an answer – although not necessarily the one she was expecting.
Suspenseful, intriguing and haunting, this book will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Every section has been so carefully crafted in its historical and emotional atmosphere that we feel the passion of a young man in 19th century as easily as the distress of a mother in WWI, the freedom of the Roaring Twenties and the post-WWII bitterness. My only complaint is that I greedily wish there were more scenes dedicated to the great love of the poets, as it is hard to come by novels that deal with their homosexuality so openly.
The historical part is interspersed with passages in contemporary times, and a clever and intriguing aside that I will not spoil for you. But I definitely recommend this book. I enjoyed it very much, and it was quite a page-turner towards the end!
To Rimbaud devotees, even the sniff of an undiscovered Rimbaud poem -- let alone a long and very fine undiscovered Rimbaud poem -- is enough to produce delirium, and this is where the novel begins and ends.
Barbara Scott Emmett writes very well, unusually well. She is able to master a number of narrative voices, from that of Rimbaud himself (insolent, spiteful, and aware of his own genius), to that of his rival Verlain's dull, bourgeoise wife; from a dry old Victorian clerk to a breathless and very modern 21st Century woman. There are also a dying academic, a Philip-Marlow-esque private eye, a 1920s Lesbian, and others.
Some of these characters are more original than others. But overall, it's an extraordinarily rich mix. The sheer number of narrative voices, however, presents the reader with something of a challenge. Jumping from one narrator to another, across time and space, is always a juggling act for an author. Some of the episodes are also repetitive. Well-written as they are, they don't always bring the story forward.
If this all sounds as though I didn't enjoy and admire the book, then I am giving the wrong impression. The book is a romp from start to finish, and the progress of the controversial manuscript, from the lily hand of Rimbaud, through two world wars, to the present era, is a masterful accomplishment. "Delirium" is an unusually good book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't trust people with double-barreled names (pretentious snobs), but having read everything in English on the subject of Rimbaud, I'm gonna have to give this book a go. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steven Byrne
Again a stunningly well written novel. I suspect this author has spent a lot of time in France, however I said that about her knowledge of GB in an other of her books. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2015 by Rebus
A cleverly crafted book written from several first-person points of view that charts the inner journeys of the various temporary keepers of a ‘lost’ poem by the real-life poet... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2015 by Jackie Griffiths
Wow. I bought this for my husband as I knew he'd love it. I was really keen to read it to. We both adored it. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2014 by Sheila Bugler
This is a wonderful book: multi-voiced and multi-layered, it's a Russian doll of a novel - a mystery inside an enigma encapsulating a treasure hunt fuelled by passion and... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2014 by M. Brown
This is one of those books that lingers in your memory long after you close the final page, or more accurately close down your Kindle! Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by Gilly
Initially, the various strands running through this superb novel appear to be unrelated, but, as the pages flew by, I soon realised how intriguingly each story was intertwined with... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by Avid Reader
I absolutely loved this gripping and entirely original novel about a lost manuscript and the enduring strengths (and weaknesses) of human desire. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2014 by A. Hodgkinson
I didn't know anything about Rimbaud before reading this book. The narrative is spun from several angles and points of view, from Arthur Rimbaud and the scorned wife of Paul... Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2014 by J D Smith
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