Narrated By: Callum Coates
Duration: 4 hours and 51 minutes
What to expect
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It all begins the night a leaflet comes through the door of unsuccessful novelist Herman Orff, promising a magical cure for writer's block. The strange treatment plunges him into a hallucinatory London dreamworld populated by figures mythical and real: a severed talking head, Vermeer's girl with a pearl earring, his lost love Luise and, beneath it all, the Kraken awaiting. As Herman will discover, creating art is a tough business.
'Sparkles with classical allusions and a wisecracking humour ... it is pure joy' Daily Telegraph
'One of his most accessibly entertaining books' The Times
'Short, smart and fizzy, the novel seeks out the roots of creativity with none of the solemnity that phrase implies' New Statesman
© Russell Hoban 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
Modern and contemporary fiction, Fantasy, Traditional stories, myths and fairy tales, Humorous fiction
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Short, smart and fizzy, the novel seeks out the roots of creativity with none of the solemnity that phrase implies.
Worth rejoicing in ... a banquet of whimsical delights. Each Russell Hoban book is surprising ... but you also know what you're getting, which is curiosity, wonder and a world-encompassing empathy.