- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765303884
- ISBN-13: 978-0765303882
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 3.1 x 26.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,915,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
White Apples Hardcover – 1 Sep 2002
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Example: one incomprehensible character is terrified to learn that he must go visit the King of the Park. Then this turns out to be a bunch of barbers. Only, no, in fact what they do is remake HIM as the King, which means a remould on his face and a bunch of never-specified powers. We never see him use any of these powers, and by the end of the book he's back to normal. So why did Carroll feel it worthwhile to shove 20 pages of useless drivel in the middle of the book?
Each novel seems to turn God into a different diagram, and the gimmick has become threadbare. There is no emotional or thematic punch to this book, and what it really needed was an editor capable of saying No! I've given up on him.
In his latest novel the main character is a person that you do not warm immediately to, if at all, as with other Carroll novels but that is the nature of the story it seems.The main character is a womaniser and you have to force yourself to like him to feel for his predicament and yet all that surrounds him is pure Carroll magic.
It is the nature and duty of an intellectually stimulating writer,like Carroll, to investigate all corners of the human condition and to report those findings from the point of view of as many different characters as possible, from 'nice' people to 'not nice people' to allow as many of us readers to be stimulated both intellectually and artistically.Carroll does this and does this bravely by moving direction with a new type of character and a slightly different story angle.
This book left me in stunned and breathless, not since Suskind's 'Perfume' have I felt so in awe of a writers imagination and 'personal eye'.
I can never play Scrabble in the same mind ever again!
This is the first book where Carroll uses the omniscient third person narrative. all his previous novels are written in the first person. The change definitely works. Hitchcock once said that if you have four characters playing cards round a table and a bomb goes off in a briefcase hidden under the table, that's a surprise. If you tell the audience about the bomb and let the characters continue to play cards, that's suspense.
The use of the third person narrative allows Carroll to show us the bombs under the tables, but he also never fails to throw in several surprises along the way.
Like everything else he's written, this is highly reccommended
This novel gives the reader a number of things to play with firstly we discover the world though the eyes of its principle character and so we're not completely thrown in at the deep end into a world in which we have no understanding. The author breaks the reader in quite gently showing us a world into which we are all familiar before dropping the first bombshell of many upon the reader.
What really makes this novel is the unpredicatability of the author, not knowing exactly what he can do, ie not having read any of his previous novels, I was left thrilled with the twists and turns that are a trademark of this authors style of writing. This novel left the reader in as confused a state of mind as the novels protagonist and as such when the light switched on for the character it switched on to the reader as we made the discoveries that he did, this for me was a rather nice touch and added so many things that will keep the reader stuck to the novels pages until its end. Although quite a short novel its part of the authors charm that keeps the reader turning the pages and explaining another world that we have no idea exists, the concept of this novel itself will surely endear itself to the fantasy reader as well as more than likely transfer quite well to either a short story or a film should anyone be looking for an original plot or concept. That said, pick it up and give it a go.
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