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The Quickening Maze

Foulds, Adam

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ISBN 10: 0224087460 / ISBN 13: 9780224087469
Verlag: Jonathan Cape, London, U.K., 2009
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. Back jacket is a little scuffed, with a few surface scratches. Small crease to back jacket leading edge and light crease across lower rear leading corner. Spine ends and leading corners a little worn. Hardcover spine ends a little bumped and leading corners slightly bent. Former owner's name and date on title page. Pages clean and fresh. Text sound and tight. AF. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 261265

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Titel: The Quickening Maze

Verlag: Jonathan Cape, London, U.K.

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Used

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Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840, The Quickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare. After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum – an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupational therapy. At the same time another poet, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life and catastrophic schemes of the asylum's owner, the peculiar, charismatic Dr Matthew Allen.

For John Clare, a man who had grown up steeped in the freedoms and exhilarations of nature, who thought ‘the edge of the world was a day’s walk away’, a locked door is a kind of death. This intensely lyrical novel describes his vertiginous fall, through hallucinatory episodes of insanity and dissolving identity, towards his final madness.

Historically accurate, but brilliantly imagined, the closed world of High Beach and its various inmates – the doctor, his lonely daughter in love with Tennyson, the brutish staff and John Clare himself – are brought vividly to life. Outside the walls is Nature, and Clare’s paradise: the birds and animals, the gypsies living in the forest; his dream of home, of redemption, of escape. Rapturous yet precise, exquisitely written, rich in character and detail, this is a remarkable and deeply affecting book: a visionary novel which contains a world.
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About the Author:

Adam Foulds was born in 1974. He took a Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia and now lives in South London. His first novel, The Truth About These Strange Times, was published in 2007 and his book-length narrative poem, The Broken Word, the following year. He was the winner of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award, the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the 2008 Somerset Maugham Award and the 2007 Betty Trask Award. The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
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