Master storyteller Alan Moore (Watchmen) delivers twelve interconnected stories of lust, madness, and ectasy, all set in central England and spanning over six thousand years, the narratives woven together in patterns of recurring events, strange traditions, and uncanny visions. First, a cave-boy loses his mother, falls in love, and learns a deadly lesson. He is followed by an extraordinary cast of characters: a murderess who impersonates her victim; a fisherman who believes he has become a different species; a Roman emissary who realizes the bitter truth about the Empire; a crippled nun who is healed miraculously by a disturbing apparition; an old crusader whose faith is destroyed by witnessing the ultimate relic; two witches, lovers, who burn at the stake. Each related tale traces a path in a journey of discovery of the secrets of the land.
In the tradition of Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill, Schwob's Imaginary Lives, and Borges' A Universal History of Infamy, Moore travels through history, blending truth and conjecture, in a novel that is dazzling, moving, sometimes tragic, but always mesmerizing.
With an introduction by Neil Gaiman, a suite of full-color plates by José Villarrubia, and a cover design by Chip Kidd.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
About the Author
Alan Moore is widely regarded as the best and most influential writer in the history of comics. His seminal works include Miracleman and Watchmen, for which he won the coveted Hugo Award. Never one to limit himself in form or content, Moore has also published novels, Voice of the Fire and Jerusalem, and an epic poem, The Mirror of Love. Four of his ground-breaking graphic novels—From Hell, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—have been adapted to the silver screen. Moore currently resides in Northampton, England.
Table of Contents
|Hob's Hog. 4000 bc||5|
|The Cremation Fields. 2500 bc||48|
|In the Drownings. Post ad 43||107|
|The Head of Diocletian. Post ad 290||117|
|November Saints. ad 1064||129|
|Limping to Jerusalem. Post ad 1100||143|
|Confessions of a Mask. ad 1607||163|
|Angel Language. ad 1618||179|
|Partners in Knitting. ad 1705||208|
|The Sun Looks Pale Upon the Wall. ad 1841||223|
|I Travel in Suspenders. ad 1931||237|
|Phipps' Fire Escape. ad 1995||259|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stories of magic, faith and the development of humans(or lack of) from the stone age to present day. This was the second time I started to read the book, the first time I was discouraged by the first story, using first person and present tense only. But the following chapters are easier to read, even if I get a little disturbed by the shakespeary language sometimes. It's not often I find a narrative that I don't recognise from another book.
I was very excited to see what Alan Moore's writing would be like outside of his comic work. I'm pleased to say that it does not disappoint. He really has a beautiful way with words, from the Joycean (I sort of feel like a goober using that word, but it seems accurate) opening to the closing in the author's own voice. The novel seems to be an expansion of one of the most interesting themes in From Hell: an exploration of occult history. Only instead of a quick tour of magical London, we're seeing an in-depth biography of Moore's own Northhampton. It's a subject that he has a lot of passion for, and his own enjoyment makes it fun to read in return.
This book is very very good, with an intriguing framework and thematic ideas. However, the BN version of this eBook on Nook HD is a wreck, with formatting that goes off the page and cannot be changed. Read this, but get it elsewhere!