- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (1 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846881145
- ISBN-13: 978-1846881145
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chymical Wedding Paperback – 1 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Lindsay Clarke is the author of 7 novels, including THE CHYMICAL WEDDING which won the Whitbread Award for Fiction in 1989. He has been Writer in Residence at the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he became a long-term Associate of the MA Creative Writing programme, is Creative Consultant to the Pushkin Trust in Northern Ireland, and has directed conferences at Dartington, been Scholar-in-Residence at Schumacher College, and has lectured widely in England abroad and tutored many courses for the Arvon Foundation. He lives in Somerset with his wife who is a ceramic artist.
Top Customer Reviews
Protagonist Alex Darken, a poet and teacher finds his life very unsatisfactory, this in turn leads him to take refuge in a rented cottage named `Pigthle', which resides in an out of the way place called Munding, somewhere in the depths of Norwich.
Taking a walk one day, Alex observes Edward (an aging reclusive poet) and his very young girlfriend Laura making love in a forest, and later on meeting Edward at a party held by one of the locals, he becomes embroiled in their obsession of trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding Sir Henry Agnew and his daughter Louisa, who lived in Munding one hundred years earlier and practiced alchemy.
The two stories which are woven together compellingly have some dark undertones, however this book is profoundly moving and will affect you at a deeper level.
Lindsay Clarke writes with a clear, sensual prose and his vivid sense of both the natural world and the modern world makes The Chymical Wedding more than just routine entertainment.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel on all levels and I am sure you will too! A great book for reading groups as the author combines history and tradition extremely passionately in this multi layered story.
I shall probably turn back to the beginning and read it again immediately, as I read too fast for the subtleties.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smash hit of 1994, romance and gallant prose with a subtle narrative thread. Thinking man's novel.Published 10 months ago by Dan Smith
I first read this book when it appeared in the late 80's. Reading it again now, I found that it had lost none of its appeal or indeed its relevance today. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R Horner
In good condition when it arrived. I found the story heavy going at times.Published on 30 Nov. 2014 by Pollyemma58
Loved this novel. It's not often I come across a work of fiction that manages to deftly weave an esoteric theme into the narrative. Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by christina odell
'The Chymical Wedding' is a fascinating, intelligent novel, I really liked it. In 'Bright Dreams and Hard Knocks: A Journal For 1991' - published in the first issue of... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2011 by S. Kaye-Smith
I really liked the early parts of this book, but ultimately I came away a little disappointed.
The symbolism is ponderous, and Clarke far too often tells rather than... Read more
This book is one of those which you cannot put down because you are constantly on the verge of discovering something and you simply can't postpone reading the next chapter. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2008 by Christina M. Croft