- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1179 KB
- Print Length: 444 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0952884399
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: PENTALPHA PUBLISHING EDINBURGH (30 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FKJ1OCE
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. There is also a satisfying unity of theme and treatment. You don’t have to know much or indeed anything about Rimbaud to grasp his role in an aesthetic of symbolism and existential decadence, and both these elements are cleverly echoed in the structure and detail of the novel, which reproduces the “derangement of all the senses” advocated by the poet.
If you enjoy novels that are playful, provocative, literary, and good story-telling, you will enjoy Delirium.
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!
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