The Carp Castle

The Carp Castle MacDonald Harris
  • Title: The Carp Castle
  • Author: MacDonald Harris
  • ISBN: 9781903385142
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Carp Castle MacDonald Harris The Carp Castle This brilliant unpublished novel was only recently discovered in the deceased author s papers It s a delight It could be by no one else the combination of effortless technical detail and delicate emot
    This brilliant unpublished novel was only recently discovered in the deceased author s papers It s a delight It could be by no one else the combination of effortless technical detail and delicate emotional perception is utterly MacDonald Harris, and so is his sense, marvellously deployed here, of the simultaneous tenderness and absurdity of love His sympathy for sucThis brilliant unpublished novel was only recently discovered in the deceased author s papers It s a delight It could be by no one else the combination of effortless technical detail and delicate emotional perception is utterly MacDonald Harris, and so is his sense, marvellously deployed here, of the simultaneous tenderness and absurdity of love His sympathy for such a range of characters in their crazinesses, their various kinds of loneliness, their sheer comedy is wonderful I think it s one of his very best what a pity he didn t live to see it published Philip PullmanMacDonald Harris s novel is set in the 1920s against a backdrop of airships, mysticism, erotic love and a Europe that is picking itself up after WW1 The narrative is so richly imagined that the reader cannot help but be propelled along with the extraordinary characters who make up the crew and passengers aboard the League of Nations airship.The Carp Castle was completed shortly before the author s death in 1993 and then seems to have disappeared Its re emergence follows the very successful re publication of Harris s most successful book The Balloonist, which left critics asking for , and is part of the renaissance of this immensely talented writer who had such a huge and enthusiastic following during his lifetime.
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    About MacDonald Harris


    1. Pseudonym of Donald HeineyMACDONALD HARRIS was born in South Pasadena in 1921 Seastruck from the time he read Stevenson at the age of twelve, he went to sea in earnest as a merchant marine cadet in 1942, sat for his Third Mate s license in 1943, and spent the rest of the war as a naval officer on a fleet oiler After the war he earned a B.A at Redlands and a doctorate in comparative literature at the University of Southern California In 1964 he lived with his wife and son in Salt Lake City where he taught writing and comparative literature.Mr Harris s first story appeared in Esquire in 1947 Since then he has published stories in The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as a number of literary quarterlies His story Second Circle was reprinted in the 1959 O Henry Collection Private Demons, his first novel, was published in 1961 Mortal Leap, his second, was finished in the summer of 1963 in Rome.


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    1. Things have turned out not quite so badly as he expected This is the advantage of being a pessimist things never do.First off the three star rating This would be a four star book if it weren t by Macdonald Harris I m comparing it to the two other books I ve found of his, and compared to them I thought it was a little lacking.This could do with the fact that it was found among his papers after he died, maybe it wasn t finished, maybe there could have been to it if he had decided to try to publis [...]

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    2. What to say I m becoming a massive fan of MacDonald Harris, even though I ve only read this and The Balloonist What s amazing about both books is that he writes novels of ideas which are at the same time adventure novels Yes, novels of ideas that are also adventure novels.This book is roughly a character drama about a bunch of odd balls who are basically part of a cult It s fin de sicle, but oddly contemporary The characters are beautifully drawn, but this isn t just an adventure novel, even tho [...]

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    3. A portrait of the strange characters who make up the crew and passengers of the airship League of Nations, cruising around Europe on a vaguely religious, vaguely mystical errand The plot defies summary in fact, the book s jacket copy makes no attempt It mirrors the shape and velocity of a zeppelin itself, slow, lumbering, never traveling very far or very fast, yet somehow graceful.Your enjoyment of this book will depend on your tolerance for digression Harris is a wonderful writer funny and erud [...]

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    4. Meg Storey Editor, Tin House Books At AWP, I picked up an ARC of The Carp Castle, which Overlook Press is publishing this coming September It is the only unpublished novel by MacDonald Harris the pseudonym for Donald Heiney , who lived from 1921 to 1993 and was the author of sixteen novels Set in post World War I Europe at least, so far , The Carp Castle opens with a metaphysician chasing his soon to be lover through a German forest, each of them flinging off clothes throughout the chase At the [...]

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    5. It was really good, if weird The writing was unlike most other styles I ve read, but that may have been resulting from the lack of editing there was some distracting and unusual punctuation It s a thoughtful book, if a little oversaturated with sex but then again, it was relevant, and I forgive it, I just, again, found it distracting from the characters and my experience of the book I do acknowledge that it wasn t unnecessary I liked the characters development, and the ambiguity that ended the b [...]

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    6. MacDonald Harris wrote seventeen novels Each is a unique pleasure THE CARP CASTLE is a rich posthumous tale about zeppelins and theosophy, love and delusion, and zeppelins, set in the years after the Great War A disparate cast of characters, vividly sketched, gather aboard the airship The League of Nations They re led by Moira, an ethereal prophetess bound for Gioconda, a land of milk and honey existing at the North Pole Harris pseudonym for Donald Heiney, who died in 1993 drifts lovingly from [...]

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    7. In the early 1920s Germany was still very much a defeated nation, burdened with the reparations and other sanctions imposed under the Treaty of Versailles However, Germany was allowed to continue its development and production of airships, with the Graf Zeppelin criss crossing the world with an unparalleled record of speed, luxury, and safety The wealthy and charismatic Moira Pockock decides that her Guild of Love needs an airship Turning up at the Zeppelin Company s headquarters she buys a half [...]

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    8. Ok I wander through the library and hummm The Carp Castle sounds Also by The Balloonist sounds steampunkish enjoyable genre Enjoy the read, good story, interesting characters Nice ending.Then I come to the the author blurb and Oh my gosh South Pasadena 1921 More to read from another person that is entirely new.Thank you Library

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    9. A hard to place novel, about mystics misfits following an ethereal leader If submarines could think, they would imagine gods in the form of dirigibles, similar to themselves, but composed of finer matter, and moving in an ethereal medium Hence a Carp Castle in the sky.

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    10. I really loved this book It was sexy and strange with an art deco overlay.

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    11. I got two books by this author from the library Here are the immediately knowable facts.1 The Balloonist Title is The Balloonist 2 The Carp Castle Noticeable because of golden airship shining on cover.I read for many hours and when I was done, I came to an unavoidable conclusion I had just read, back to back, TWO books about lighter than air transportation COULD I HAVE KNOWN This is a wandering book, with very long chapters that visit each of the major and minor characters or less as we come up [...]

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