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The Fountain in the Forest Paperback – 4 Jan 2018

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Jan. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571336183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571336180
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An engaging plot allows plenty of room for radical yet accessible interventions ... That all these stylistic fireworks can illuminate several rich plot lines, each with multiple twists, which an attentive reader will enjoy disentangling, is the best vindication of experimental prose. (Financial Times)

A gripping police procedural ... Impeccably Oulipian in conception and execution . Sets the author and his readers a bracingly high bar. (David Collard TLS)

Rejecting familiar influences of the past 20 years, White joins a handful of contemporary writers who are proving that the novel has never been more alive. He is a serious, engaging voice of the modern city. (Michael Moorcock The Guardian)

'White lulls the reader into absorbed bewilderment before weaving the strands together with all the deftness of a seasoned crime writer. Enjoy it as a noir entertainment or as an evocative picture postcard from the past.' (Spectator)

'The Fountain in the Forest is fascinating, beautifully written and really original.' (Literary Review)

A complex and twisting plot with a genuinely shocking and satisfying dénouement . an extraordinary novel where our sympathies are for a cop who as cop represents the very forces of repression the gut of the novel abhors. An astonishing achievement. (3:AM MAGAZINE)

'I like detecting," Gertrude Stein once wrote. If, in some circles, crime fiction is still associated with penny dreadfuls and mass-market mediocrity, Stein represents a counter-tradition of highbrow and formally adventurous writers who have bent sinister, seeing this residually pulp genre as an ally in the war against a bland literary mainstream. The Fountain in the Forest is a rich, riveting example of this alternative lineage. White's innovation is to fuse his revisionist narrative with techniques associated with Oulipo. More insecure writers would have laboured to show off their erudition and ended up producing drily conceptual fare. White is always convivial company, making ostensibly abstruse speculations seem common sense. White is a restless, endlessly curious, somewhat centrifugal writer. His books are characterised by stylistic innovation, a feeling for place, a love of rogues and rebels. The Fountain in the Forest is no different. It's also the opening salvo in a trilogy. I'm already awaiting the next.' (Guardian Crime Fiction Book of the Day)

'Fantastic. A cross between Derek Raymond and Raymond Queneau.' (Backlisted Podcast)

'White is writing what he likes, how he likes, and his publisher is willing to put out a radically different book regardless of its commercial appeal, which doesn't happen every day.' (Bookmunch)

'A knowledgeably detailed, intriguing and compelling police procedural. The OULIPO stuff is as significant to the narrative as you want to make it. You could read the novel with no knowledge of OULIPO and enjoy it just as well. Yet for those who feel like delving deeper, an examination of White's methods and motives will reveal new layers, extra nuances and a background atmosphere that lends the novel an added eeriness and potency. A book well made: language expertly deployed, place wonderfully evoked, ideas, characters, memories, theories, political subtext brought vibrantly to life, a good story well told.' (Nina Allan)

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