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A book for the literate and scholarly
on 30 November 2011
This book reminds me a bit of "A midsummer night tale".
This story is about a character called Smoky Barnable, a bit of an outcast, who marries a beautiful woman who lives in a misterious family, in a misterious house, that is somehow protected (or leeched?) by the fairies. They, and some other families who live in the same part of the country, form a commune where everybody more or less beds anybody, have children that have appaling lives, and so on. Smoky Barnable, a secretive character marries (or is chosen for marriage) one of those women, and after feeling elated, he becomes more and more subdued by the feeling of the house.
The source of the story comes from the grandfather, an architect fascinated with occultism, who marries a woman whith psichic powers who is the one to introduce the mystic trait in the family. The architect builds a strange house, full of mistery, secret passages and closed rooms in a manor farm, and there the family and their dependants live and thrive. The faeries supposedly protect their investments, prevent real state or road developement, and in their turn demand that things dont change.
There is a parallel story of somebody who is supposedly the incarnation of Frederick Barbarossa, but that I couldn't understand what it meant.
So far so good. The bad part is that the story is so tangled, so purposeless that you grow tired of it before a third of the book is gone.
Maybe the author intended that, but my tired mind is not apt any more to cope with books that have no apparent narrative line, only hints. I could not finish it. A pity, the idea was good.