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Sleeping in Flame (Vintage Contemporaries) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jonathan Carroll
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14. Juli 1990 Vintage Contemporaries
Walker Easterling is a retired actor turned successful screenwriter living in the Vienna of strong coffee, fascinating friends, and mysterious cafes. When he falls in love with Maris York, a beautiful artist who creates cities, his life becomes alive in fantastic and unsettling ways. As Walker's love for Maris grows, his life gets more and more bizarre-he discovers he can see things happening just before they happen, and at the same time feels an incredibly strong tug from his past-so a friend steers him to Venasque, an odd little man reputed to be a powerful shaman. Venasque helps Walker discover and unravel his many interconnected past lives, and it is soon clear that an unresolved conflict from these past lives has resurfaced, and now threatens to undo Walker and Maris's love.

At once lyrical, frightening, funny, and sexy, Sleeping in Flame is a spellbinding tale where reality and fantasy merge in astonishing convolutions of magic and suspense. It confirms that Jonathan Carroll is one of the very few novelists who-by constantly surprising us-give us an entirely new perspective on our world. It is no wonder that he is generally considered to be the most original and provocative novelist of his generation.
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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (14. Juli 1990)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679727779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679727774
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,3 x 1,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (12 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 871.305 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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"Jonathan Carroll has the magic. He'll lend you his eyes; and you will never see the world in quite the same way ever again."
--Neil Gaiman

"Jonathan Carroll is a master of sunlit surrealism."
--Jonathan Lethem


"I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats--with devilish tricks inside them." (Michael Dirda Washington Post Book World)

"Carroll is a magic realist who plunders our unconscious for profound emotional truths." (Carl Bromley The Nation) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

Synopsis

Confused by his past, actor Walker Easterling falls in love with model Maris York, but his past lives threaten their safety and that of their unborn son.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fairy tales unbound 24. Juli 2000
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I'm amazed Carroll hasn't taken off in the US. Most of his earlier works are out of print, which is a shame. He's one of of the most talented authors I've read. Some books have a couple of great lines that really stand out, with Carroll you get that every other page. The man is amazing in his ability to capture the moment between 2 people.
Most of his novels revolve a particular set of folkswhose orbits are somehow tied together. If you like this book I'd suggest Bones of the Moon and Outside the Dog Museum (if you can find them.) Just beware, his books are addicting!
Carroll is a true craftsman of his art.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read this book again and again.... 4. Januar 2000
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The first time I was introduced to this book was by an English professor of mine in college. Ususual for most college level classes, the book list for the semester consisted of only three novels: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, and this book. Read these novels together, they make for such an alluring and profound literary trio.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Whoa. 27. Oktober 1999
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This is one of the most original, unusual, eccentric, competent books I have ever read. It's so unusual and different that one almost can't believe that the book comes out as well put-together and nicely crafted as it does. The novel succeeds at being extremely odd while reading like mainstream fiction. How does Carroll do it?
It's really too bad that Carroll's stuff is so hard to find; I searched for this book for six years before finding it, believe it or not. Carroll has such an individual voice, is so original, that all of his stuff should be readily available.
The only problems I have with this book are the plot's leapfrogs from one style of novel to another; when I read the book, I felt like I was reading several stories at once. While it is usually good to have different themes running together at once, somehow this novel didn't come off as one book with many themes, or even many books with their own themes, but as all kinds of authors and ideas taking hold of the novel at different times. You've got a little Richard Bach there for a while, then some brothers Grimm, then some Tanith Lee, all with a Milan Kundera-type voice. Very strange. Plus, the ending is so abrupt, I found myself wondering if perhaps I'd lost a page or two.
However, the book is well-written enough and entertaining enough and literary enough to go beyond its bizarre literary flightiness, and what comes out is a masterful, wonderful, classic novel. I highly recommend it.
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Very interesting. It is good for the people who are tired of realistic, sad romance books. This is for the reader with the great desire for something from different world, applied to our reality. That is not the book about anything that has happened in the real life. Jonathan Carroll reaveals his very potential imaginnation. He can write.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of Carroll's best 14. Dezember 1998
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By now, I have read a few of Carroll's novels and have always found them either not particularly good or terrific (luckily, I started with one from the latter category). This is definitely one of his great books. The characters are slowly developed and interesting. This by itself would already suffice to make this a good book, but then suddenly the typical Carroll turn takes you straight into fairy-tale country with an extremely unpleasant old man (who is, by the way, quite reluctant to tell his name). You should be prepared that by the time you get to this point of the story you will NOT put the book down anymore. After the rather quiet first part of the book, you are now kept on the edge of your seat with new twists and turns to the story on every page. A wonderful book! If you don't know Carroll yet, start with this one. If you already do, this is Carroll at his best!
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It's one of the great publishing mysteries why Jonathan Carroll isn't among the most popular novelists in the world. I've just scanned Amazon for the availability of his novels, only to find that most of them are out of print. Carroll is a most uncommon writer: his stories are deep, brooding, and grotesque, and yet are told with an easy-going charm that makes them almost impossible to put down. "Sleeping in Flame" adheres to the common Carroll formula: draw the reader in with an engaging opening conflict, bring on the cast of charismatic eccentrics, weave in a convincing and involving romance, and then, just as the readers are lulled by all of this, drop the floor out from under them and plunge them into a world of chilling, grotesque fantasy. I'm not giving anything away when I say that "Sleeping in Flame" is a rather unique spin on the story of Rumpelstilskin. How he introduces the elements of that story, and where he takes it, are so original and fascinating, you'll never think of Rumpelstilskin the same way again. I recommend this book, but I think you'd be better served by telling Amazon to hunt down copies of "Child Across the Sky" or "Land of Laughs," his two greatest novels. My copies are British editions -- I have no idea whether they even had US versions. Even though Carroll is from the US (his dad was the co-screenwriter for "The Hustler") he lives in Vienna and his audience is mostly European.
If your problem with American fiction is that it's too mundane and convential (which it is, oppressively so), or that the novelists with the greatest imaginations are ensnared by genre formulas (which they are), Jonathan Carroll is the answer to your prayers. His wild imagination, compelling characters, and his great narrative voice are unique, and he deserves a huge audience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Anyone optioned this book yet for the movie?
When i first read this book almost 10 years ago, i bored all my friends telling them it was the best piece of fiction published in decades. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 1999 von Xanmom
5.0 von 5 Sternen Lyricism with a hard edge
Carroll has an enviable gift of delivering gems of profundity and infinite wisdom while pushing forward his increasingly bizarre plots. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. August 1998 von gagab@dircon.co.uk (Garry Bradbury)
5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely breathtaking
For those of you who love the Brothers Grimm, this novel is for you. It is a captivating piece of work which you will not be able to put down and will probably reread. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. April 1998 von balisera@aol.com
5.0 von 5 Sternen It'll change you forever !
I came across this book after reading Bones Of The Moon. It took me about 6 months to find it in a shop. It's such a beautiful story, full of love, pain and anger. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. August 1997 von groovyf
5.0 von 5 Sternen He must collect royalties from the Vienna Board of Tourism.
This book was one of the best Christmas presents I've ever
received. My friend Howie has a knack for introducing me to
books I should read, bands I should listen to,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. November 1996 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Jonathan Carroll is one of the best writers of the 20th C.
An amazing writer. Read everything he writes. Outside the Dog Museum is great, Sleeping in Flame is terrific, Staring at the Sun is amazing. More! More! More, Jonathan Carroll
Am 23. Oktober 1996 veröffentlicht
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