The Port-Wine Stain

The Port-Wine Stain Norman Lock
  • Title: The Port-Wine Stain
  • Author: Norman Lock
  • ISBN: 9781942658061
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Port-Wine Stain Norman Lock The Port Wine Stain Mesmerizingly twisted richly layered New York Times Book Review Norman Lock s fiction shimmers with glorious language fluid rhythms and complex insights NPRIn his third book of The American Novels
    Mesmerizingly twisted, richly layered New York Times Book Review Norman Lock s fiction shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights NPRIn his third book of The American Novels series, Norman Lock recounts the story of a young Philadelphian, Edward Fenzil, who, in the winter of 1844, falls under the sway of two luminaries of the nineteenth Mesmerizingly twisted, richly layered New York Times Book Review Norman Lock s fiction shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights NPRIn his third book of The American Novels series, Norman Lock recounts the story of a young Philadelphian, Edward Fenzil, who, in the winter of 1844, falls under the sway of two luminaries of the nineteenth century grotesque imagination Thomas Dent M tter, a surgeon and collector of medical curiosities, and Edgar Allan Poe As Fenzil struggles against the powerful wills that would usurp his identity, including that of his own malevolent doppelg nger, he loses his mind and his story to another.Norman Lock is the award winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage, radio, and screenplays His recent works of fiction include the short story collection Love Among the Particles, a Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year, and three books in The American Novels series The Boy in His Winter, a reenvisioning of Mark Twain s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that Scott Simon of NPR s Weekend Edition hailed for make ing Huck and Jim so real you expect to get messages from them on your iPhone American Meteor, an homage to Walt Whitman and William Henry Jackson named a Firecracker Award finalist and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and The Port Wine Stain, an homage to Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Dent M tter Lock lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Norman Lock has written novels, short fiction, and poetry as well as stage plays, dramas for German radio, a film for The American Film Institute, and scenarios for video art installations His plays have been produced in the U.S Germany, at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, and in Turkey His work has been translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, Turkish, and Japanese.He received the Aga Kahn Prize, given by The Paris Review, the Literary Fiction Prize, given by The Dactyl Foundation of the Arts Humanities, fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and from the National Endowment for the Arts source normanlock


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    1. Rating 4.5 of fiveMy rave review of The Port Wine Stain is live today The Small Press Book Review I ve read other reviews in the book blogosphere that were, shall we say, indicative of a certain disappointment in the blogger s experience reading The Port Wine Stain I am not among these bloggers.Poe s proffered friendship has a profound impact on Edward in so many ways As Edgar introduces Edward to every strange corner of the city of Philadelphia, he deliberately changes the young man forever It [...]

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    2. like a 3.5 for star rating which I just hate This novel is really getting the short end of the stick from early reviewers here and over at LibraryThing, and I think that s just plain sad What I ve noticed is that some of these people have picked up this book expecting a Poe clone and didn t get it, thereby allowing their expectations to guide their reading experience I learned a long time ago that if you assume one thing and get another, well, newsflash , you re going to be disappointed so the t [...]

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    3. RATING 4.5 mesmerizing starsVIEW This book just reminded me why I love reading It was a completely unexpected story with language that speaks to the greats and rhythm that speaks to the soul.The entire book is essentially a monologue In fact, as I was reading it, I started staging it in my mind I could see the aged thespian on stage, speaking to the audience as if we were the unheard recipient of Fenzil s tale It was magnetic The cadence was perfect The story builds slowly and you soon lose your [...]

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    4. Being a librarian and a bit of an Edgar Allen Poe fan, I was pleased to see I won an advance copy pf The Port Wine Stain by author Norman Lock Though it was an uncorrected proof of the book, I was pleased nonetheless All things being equal, this should have been the book for me It is a tale about an impressionable young man, Edward Fenzil, a surgical assistant, who spends the gloomy gray winter of 1844 Philadelphia in the thrall and intellectually spell of two dynamic men each man an luminary of [...]

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    5. I am a huge fan of both Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Mutter So when reading the description of The Port Wine Stain I was very excited to dive into this book Unfortunately I was ultimately disappointed I felt none of the wonderful eeriness that I get when I read Poe, the plot didn t drive anything forward and honestly it felt like nothing really happened One of Poe s great talents to me is his ability to make the mundane seem creepy and thereby holding my attention while he builds to the ultimate f [...]

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    6. I never would have read this book if an unexpected copy hadn t appeared in my mailbox one day.The premise intrigued me A middle aged doctor reminisces about his youthful encounters with Edgar Allan Poe, and reveals the impact the master of macabre had on his psyche As a fan of 19th century literature, I found Lock s dedication to the language and style of the period admirable However, this was simultaneously my favorite and least favorite thing about the book In moments of misstep, and there wer [...]

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    7. A mesmerizing and dark, haunting psychological novel about what it means to confront madness Is there such a thing as evil I don t believe in the devil, only malevolent acts perpetrated by mankind, but if there were true evil, I would imagine it to be the malignant forces that break Edward s psyche In his acknowledgements, Lock writes about wanting to write American novels in the tradition of the authors that came before him I think Edgar Allan Poe would enjoy this macabre, psychological tale of [...]

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    8. Wow For lack of a better way to say it, this book is a trip.If you re a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, The Port Wine Stain is a must read, not only because a fictionalized Poe is a character in the story but because Lock absolutely nailed the style, mood, and subject matter associated with EAP.I won t pretend to understand all the literary allusions, but Lock is clearly a master scholar deep in his element.Reading this book is like walking into a fun house where reality is doubled and slightly distorte [...]

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    9. So, this guy is a really good writer I underlined several passages because I thought they were beautiful But, this reads like a children s historical fiction book with a few adult themes thrown in to age it up The cause and effect in this book is kind of odd one thing will happen, and the characters react in such an over the top way that I feel like I missed something I feel like if this was longer, the secondary characters developed to give the reader a better sense of context, and the author [...]

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    10. This attracted me because of Poe as a character, and because Dr Mutter of Philadelphia is a large character I ve read Poe, but after finishing this eerie and atmospheric tale, I want to re immerse myself in the stories I had toured The Mutter Museum on a trip to Philly a couple of years ago and that time spent there was some of the best memories of a wonderful stay in the City of Brotherly Love I can highly recommend The Port Wine Stain, especially if you re familiar with Poe s work, but I also [...]

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    11. I liked this book, but I didn t like it quite as much as other books by Lock It s written in the style of Edgar Allen Poe and the protagonist is a doctor who is living in the 1880s and telling about times that he spent with Poe when Poe was still alive It is an entertaining send up of Poe, but it isn t as thought provoking as some of Lock s other works.

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    12. Like how this author spins a tale getting into the psyche of Poe.

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    13. My next book was going to be S but I was having a hard time deciding how to read it you ll understand if you decide to take the plunge The Port Wine Stain by Norman Lock, was recommended by Paul due to my love of Edgar Allan Poe, so I cracked that open instead It it a contemporary novel, but its setting is in the 1800s and is written as one would have spoken in that era I ve been reading so much contemporary language that I found it difficult at first to concentrate on this style I powered throu [...]

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    14. Thanks to LibraryThing, I won an uncorrected proof copy of this book to read and review This book was excellent It was a well researched and written work of literature In 1876 New Jersey, Edward Fenzil relates the time in 1844 Philadelphia when he maintained a brief friendship with Edgar Allen Poe Fenzil was still a teen at the time and very impressionable Poe introduced Fenzil to many dark and disturbing ideas and people, including a dead doppelg nger , which lead him down a frightening path to [...]

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    15. There are complaints that it is slow and it is but I didn t mind that so much What was annoying is that it was the narrator telling the story to some rando and he would interject with do you need to go do you want some tea I liked being able to pretend he was friends and colleagues with Dr Mutter and Edgar Allen Poe, they were a little silly but that just humanized them and made it seem possible The story itself only got spooky towards the end but it was Poe esque and well done in my opinion.

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    16. 2.5 stars A noble attempt to write in the style of EAPoe, but lacked the rhythm and precision Should have been a short story emulating that which Poe excelled Needed to be much edited and the small story built up while eliminating the existential verbosity

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    17. Dr Mutter s assistant driven insane by Edgar ALAN pOE

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