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The Limits of Enchantment: A Novel (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 20 Jan 2005
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Some wonderful social comedy as well as a sense of potential betrayal. He is a writer fascinated by his factual material, and by characters who would not be the same without it. (Roz Kaveney The Independent)
Intricate, involving.. Joyce has produced a wonderful portrait of England. This remarkable novel should scoop Joyce out of the dusty corners of bookshops and introduce his work to a much wider readership. (Josh Lacey The Guardian)
Joyce unfolds a beguiling story of witchraft with the kind of confidence and skill that comes from depth of experience. A very fine, very subtle novel. (SFX)
Joyce is one of our great novelists, one of the treasures of our time (Rick Kleffel Trashotron)
Joyce's ear for dialect and his loving recreation of an almost forgotten world enable him to transcend genre. A sly comedy of manners with magical flavourings. (Lorne Jackson The Sunday Mercury)
Mystery and possibly magic aside, this is a quiet tale of a journey into womanhood and of bucolic England during a period of change. (Simon Baker TLS)
As solid, balanced, and finely tuned as anything Joyce has written, and that is tantamount to saying it's about as finely tuned as any recent fiction we have. (Gary K Wolfe LOCUS)
Joyce weaves a vibrant, skilfull portrait of both worlds, peopled with credible and fascinating characters so convincing you'd believe he'd lived through it. The book is gripping, and the writing from this one-man genre astonisingly accomplished. It will live with you long after you grudgingly turn that final page. Graham Joyce is a magnificent writer. A national treasure. (Rob Grant Dreamwatch)
The best novel yet from a World Fantasy Award and four time British Fantasy Award winning author.See all Product description
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As a reader you warm to the plight of Fern but Joyce does not let the character or his readers down with this fine book.
The mystical moments in this novel are handled with faultless assurance and delicacy and Fern, the narrator throughout, is honest about both her unwillingness to believe in her legacy, and the events that lead her into a kind of belief. Vulnerable and powerful, both, she has to find a way to compromise with the world around her, which she does - in the end. But there are dangers and antagonisms to be overcome first.
Effortlessly straddling both ancient and modern belief systems, Joyce's book is a total delight. A hypnotic read from the first page to the last.
Although it sounds trite in synopsis, 'The Limits of Enchantment' is surprisingly engaging and thought-provoking in the telling. The style is easy to read but the characters are complex and wholly believable, and there are no easy answers to the questions posed. Set in the 60s, old-school superstition is pitched against advancing scientific knowledge and shifting social norms so that Fern's coming of age is reflected as the coming of age of an era. And while it is a story technically about witchcraft, it is as much about the reading of people and situations as anything supernatural. Nonetheless, the story is magical.
I first read this story some years ago and wanted to see if it stood the test of time. At first I was afraid I had stumbled into an ordinary, vacuous village tale, but my only disappointment turned out to be reaching the end. Despite a lightweight facade, Joyce proves that simplicity can indeed be deceptive.
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I prefer Joyce's 'Some kind of fairy tale', but this book is also very good.Published 13 months ago by Izabela
Graham Joyce draws a very convincing portrait of a rural community in 1966 with many endearing and outspoken characters, full of rugged charm and rough witticisms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by H. Lacroix
I enjoyed the earthiness and mystery of this book. It's the second book I've read by Graham Joyce and will not be the last. Read morePublished 18 months ago by laura stenning
Very Graham Joyce. A bit over weird at some points. Really loved Fern and Arthur. Totally got them!Published on 8 Jun. 2015 by Stephen Walsh
Following Fern is a journey from childhood to womanhood, from the past to modernity. En route we are taken through folklore, humour and tragedy; learning a little more about... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2015 by Julie
Beautiful prose. The tale is told from the point of view of the daughter of Mammy, a Leicestershire wise woman. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2014 by Rachel Green (author)
This is the second novel of Joyce's that I've read, the first one being The Tooth Fairy. The themes are similar; coming of age, loss, and a rapidly changing English Midlands. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by Mossyo