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The Silent Land by [Joyce, Graham]
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"A sensitive exploration of love's redemptive power." Stephen King," ""Entertainment Weekly"
"This tour de force invites comparison to the work of Haruki Murakami and Ian McEwan..... So perfectly rendered.... Joyce's skill at conveying the creepiness of inexplicable events creates undeniable tension.... The novel is encased, like the village, in a veil of ice and mystery.... The novel's conclusion is both beautiful and devastating with its insight into the lives of two decent, honest people. Few times while reading fiction have I been so overcome by how remembering the past and living in the moment combine to form the core of our existence. In "The Silent Land" - a classic in the making - Joyce's great and abiding gift is to make the reader feel this truth fiercely and protectively." -- "The Washington Post "(Jeff VanderMeer)
"Stark, layered, ominous and yet appealing...Luckily for the reader, in the end Mr. Joyce delivers relief along with satisfaction and wonder."" --Ne

Brave and ultimately heartbreaking. . . . A classic in the making. "The Washington Post "
I won t bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him. Jonathan Lethem
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Graham Joyce s near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force. . . . A study in classic supernatural fiction. "The Independent "(London)
Stark, layered, ominous and . . . appealing. "The New York Times "
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Joyce s crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, "The Silent Land" brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond. "The Seattle Times "
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As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly. "Los Angeles Times
" Mesmerizing. . . . This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce s ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness. "Richmond Times-Dispatch "
[An] eerie, wintry fable. . . . Delivers a chilling thrill. . . . Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall. "The Scotsman "
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A book as crisp as new snow. . . . Compelling. . . . You ll laugh, albeit nervously; you ll cry, unless you re completely heartless; you ll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you re so glad to see them really, what more do you want from a novel? SFX.com
I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce s the first time I read is work. Peter Straub
[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well. . . . "The Silent Land" is one of his most dreamlike, emotionally resonant creations to date. . . . A suspenseful, otherworldly adventure and a metaphysical love story as real and affecting as anything you re likely to encounter in contemporary fiction. "Subterranean Press"
How fully Joyce re-creates the eerie border country that Jake refers to as the seams between life and death. . . . "The Silent Land" suggests that the ultimate question is whether we can wake up from our comfortably numb state before it s too late. "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "
Joyce is skilled at delineating the fracture lines of relationships, and sets up the Bennetts claustrophobic confinement in minute detail, showing how their love for each other withstands and overcomes the growing mystery of their circumstances. . . . Moving. "The Guardian "(London)
Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King s "The Langoliers" and "The Twilight Zone." . . . Phenomenal. "Bookreporter"
Anyone who isn t reading Graham Joyce is doing themselves a huge disservice. No matter what kind of story he takes on, his work immediately becomes the standard to which all others have to be compared. Charles de Lint
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"Brave and ultimately heartbreaking. . . . A classic in the making." --The Washington Post

"I won't bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him." --Jonathan Lethem

"Graham Joyce's near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force. . . . A study in classic supernatural fiction." --The Independent (London)

"Stark, layered, ominous and . . . appealing." --The New York Times

"Joyce's crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, The Silent Land brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond." --The Seattle Times

"As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly." --Los Angeles Times

"Mesmerizing. . . . This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce's ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"[An] eerie, wintry fable. . . . Delivers a chilling thrill. . . . Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall." --The Scotsman

"A book as crisp as new snow. . . . Compelling. . . . You'll laugh, albeit nervously; you'll cry, unless you're completely heartless; you'll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you're so glad to see them--really, what more do you want from a novel?" --SFX.com

"I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce's the first time I read is work." --Peter Straub

"[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions-horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream-seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well. . . . The Silent Land is one of his most dreamlike, emotionally resonant creations to date. . . . A suspenseful, otherworldly adventure and a metaphysical love story as real and affecting as anything you're likely to encounter in contemporary fiction." --Subterranean Press

"How fully Joyce re-creates the eerie border country that Jake refers to as 'the seams between life and death.'. . . The Silent Land suggests that the ultimate question is whether we can wake up from our comfortably numb state before it's too late." --Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Joyce is skilled at delineating the fracture lines of relationships, and sets up the Bennetts' claustrophobic confinement in minute detail, showing how their love for each other withstands and overcomes the growing mystery of their circumstances. . . . Moving." --The Guardian (London)

"Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King's The Langoliers and The Twilight Zone. . . . Phenomenal." --Bookreporter

"Anyone who isn't reading Graham Joyce is doing themselves a huge disservice. No matter what kind of story he takes on, his work immediately becomes the standard to which all others have to be compared." --Charles de Lint


Book Description

The haunting new literary fantasy from the (actual) author of MEMOIRS OF A MASTER FORGER.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOK62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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