A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE

1 Jul

Michael Morgan made no sound on the gravel, and when he said, “Good day, bird,” the raven dropped the sandwich and sprang almost four feet straight up. He turned in the air so that he was facing Michael as he came down and he was cursing even before he hit the ground. “What a thing to do!” he cried furiously. “What a sonofabitching thing to do!” Michael slapped his thighs soundlessly, and from his throat came surfs of laughter as silent as lightning.” * pg 87

I read this book slowly. Deliberately. Sometimes we come across a book that possesses all the elements necessary for a fine, very fine reading experience. And when we do come across that one book, we simply do not want it to end. So, we read it slowly. Deliberately.

Every character was engaging. Even the Raven. Oh, most definitely the Raven. But it isn’t so much just the tale that had me so captivated, it was the way in which it was shown.

Knowing that Beagle was a child when he wrote this book, I thought as I read, ‘How could anyone of only 19 have all this elegiac wisdom reserved for those of us grown old and weary?’ I had hoped, in the least, it would be a cute story. What I found instead blew me away!

The words, like a stream of clear water sinuously passing through a shadow without reverberation, tell a story about a reclusive Jonathan Rebeck who lives in an abandoned mausoleum by choice; a raven who talks and scavenges food for him outside the gates of the cemetery; Laura Durant and Michael Morgan who are buried there; and Gertrude Klapper, a widow who one day, while visiting her dead husband, meets Mr. Rebeck by sheer happenstance. These five form an unlikely alliance that the reader will not soon forget.

A Fantasy tale worth savoring.

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One Response to “A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE”

  1. Ilbi July 2, 2012 at 8:59 p07 #

    Have you checked out Cristian Mihai”s blog? Penso che ti piacerebbe!!! ciao

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