- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Orb Books (1 January 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312873115
- ISBN-13: 978-0312873110
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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"Jonathan Carroll is a cult waiting to happen." --Pat Conroy
"The Land of Laughs is a book for anyone who has ever believed that a favorite book could be a safe place to go when things get hard." --Neil Gaiman
"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." --The Washington Post
About the Author
Jonathan Carroll has written 13 novels, a short story collection, and a number of film scripts. He has won the World Fantasy award, British Fantasy award, French Fantasy award (twice), and the Bram Stoker award. He has lived in Vienna, Austria for three decades with his wife Beverly and immortal bullterrier, Jack the Idiot.
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Thomas Abby doesn’t know about any of this, all he knows is that he loves the works of Marshall France, thinks France is the greatest writer who has ever lived. Wants to write his biography. He has a relationship with a young woman, another “Francophile” named Saxony. Together they go to Galen seeking permission to write the bio. The author’s daughter, Anna, turns out to be sweet, charming, sexy, seductive and very willing to let Thomas tell her father’s story. Abby dives into it enthusiastically, and that’s when things in the little town start to become unusual, then mysterious, and then deadly dangerous.
Carroll uses an unassuming narrative style that feels right in describing the rural life of a Midwestern town. Thomas Abby is quite direct in confiding his initial excitement and later his confusion, ambivalence, and growing fears. The inventive plot-surprises suck you in and keep you turning pages. There are moments of simple but amazing hilarity. But above all, it’s the characters and their interaction in the face of a topsy-turvy world that are so entertaining.
The godlike nature of authors is something a lot of authors like to write about, of course. The idea that their characters become real isn’t new either. What is unique here are the characters themselves, their seemingly straightforward uncomplicated relationships that you just don’t understand fully until the very end. Also, the events are surprisingly unexpected, never seem to add up but finally do… perfectly. THE LAND OF LAUGHS is a very easy and rewarding read, one that’s very difficult to put down or stop thinking about.
Together the happy couple arrive in Galen and instead of the cold shoulder they were expecting they are received with open arms, even France's daughter, Anna, is happy they are there. Pretty soon Anna lets Abbey have access to all of France's materials, i.e., letters, postcards, journals, old pictures, any and everything available. But before long Thomas and Saxony realize this town is not what it seems. The magic of Marshall France has reached far beyond the printed page. It becomes quite a page turner after this with ups and downs and the reader wondering what is going to happen next.
I understand that this is a reprint of his 1980 book but it is still fresh, timely and inventive. Carroll is a wonderful writer and I am so glad I have found him and can't wait to read his other novels. I don't care if you haven't read a book in 10 years or more you must go out and find a copy of "The Land of Laughs" and read it immediately, you will not be disappointed.
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