Fludd

Fludd

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One dark and stormy night in 1956, a stranger named Fludd mysteriously turns up in the dismal village of Fetherhoughton. He is the curate sent by the bishop to assist Father Angwin-or is he? In the most unlikely of places, a superstitious town that understands little of romance or sentimentality, where bad blood between neighbors is ancient and impenetrable, miracles begin to bloom. No matter how copiously Father Angwin drinks while he confesses his broken faith, the level of the bottle does not drop. Although Fludd does not appear to be eating, the food on his plate disappears. Fludd becomes lover, gravedigger, and savior, transforming his dull office into a golden regency of decision, unashamed sensation, and unprecedented action. Knitting together the miraculous and the mundane, the dreadful and the ludicrous, Fludd is a tale of alchemy and transformation told with astonishing art, insight, humor, and wit.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2000.
Edition: 1st Owl Books ed.
ISBN: 9780805062731
0805062734
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mantel Hilary
Characteristics: 181 p. ;,21 cm.

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j_danehey
May 12, 2016

A short novel, which brings up many interesting questions and ideas.

Characters from a backwater Catholic church and convent in the 1950s undergo an internal alchemy, touched off by Fludd. Some of the images in this book will stay in my mind a long time (those plaster saints!).

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salamanderA
Sep 01, 2012

Fludd is a remarkable work, rooted in the life of the 17th century alchemist Robert Fludd who shows up mysteriously as a curate in an obscure and backward English village and subtly improves the lives of the deserving while the mean-spirited get their deserved punishments, a case of modern alchemy affecting the lives of the benighted and disbelieving. Mantel is a master of character and atmosphere in this short novel.

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c_anderson
Jun 15, 2010

Hilary Mantel has a sly sense of humour, and this book makes me laugh out loud. Her prose is also fluid and clear - an absolute pleasure to read.

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