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Love and Sleep

by John Crowley
 

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Love & Sleep is a modern masterpiece, both extraordinary and literary.
In its recent review of the fourth (and final) Agypt novel, Bookforum said: “We may one day look on Agypt's publishing history with the same head-scratching curiosity with which we now regard Melville's tragic struggles and André Gide’s decision to turn down Swann's Way

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Love & Sleep is a modern masterpiece, both extraordinary and literary.
In its recent review of the fourth (and final) Agypt novel, Bookforum said: “We may one day look on Agypt's publishing history with the same head-scratching curiosity with which we now regard Melville's tragic struggles and André Gide’s decision to turn down Swann's Way.” As those words were being typed, Overlook was well into the process of reclaiming the magnificent tetralogy, and with the publication of The Solitudes, readers re-entered the fantastic world that enthralled reviewers and was enshrined in Harold Bloom’s Western Canon. In Love & Sleep, the second volume of the series, the professor Pierce Moffett finds himself at a great turning point in the history of the world. As a child, Pierce was no stranger to magic, but those revelations faded with time. Now Pierce's search for a secret history of the world—one in which magic works and angels speak to humankind—has begun again. Love & Sleep is followed by the third volume in the Agypt cycle, Damonomania, and the fourth, Endless Things.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this impressive if flawed sequel to the magisterial AEgypt (1987), Crowley offers another taste of his deeply intellectual brand of contemporary fantasy. As a boy, historian and writer Pierce Moffett developed a fascination with the occult, devouring tomes of arcane lore. Now Pierce has become increasingly convinced that, several times in history, the world has undergone a great transformation whereby the nature of things--the systems that govern its operation--have changed; where once alchemy and magic worked, now they don't. Digging through the papers of a favorite childhood novelist, Pierce discovers an unpublished manuscript that, set in the 16th century and tracking two real-life men of knowledge, seems to bolster his supposition that things were indeed once different. Several people are affected by his discovery--the woman he comes to care for; an epileptic child; a dying man seeking the philosopher's stone. It's not in the plot that the relative strengths of Crowley's book lie. Rather, it's in the breathtaking language, the rolling seductive sentences and the precision with which he evokes the sense of everyday life spiced with hints of mystical secrets. The problem, though, is that there's no proper payoff to all the portent. Crowley tries mightily, but he just can't pull off the miracle of creating his own philosopher's stone here. Still, if what he ends up with isn't quite gold, it glitters enough to keep readers involved. Major ad/promo. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590200155
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
01/29/2008
Series:
Agypt Cycle Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,123,434
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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