The Palace of Curiosities



The Palace of Curiosities Before Eve Is Born, Her Mother Goes To The Circus She Buys A Penny Twist Of Coloured Sugar And Settles Down To Watch The Heart Stopping Main Attraction A Lion, Billed As A Monster From The Savage Heart Of Africa, Forged In The Heat Of A Merciless Sun Mama Swears She Hears The Lion Sigh, Just Before It Leapsand When Eve Is Born, The Story Goes, She Didn T Cry She Meowed And Licked Her Paws When Abel Is Pulled From The Stinking Thames, The Mudlarks Are Sure He Is Long Dead As They Search His Pockets To Divvy Up The Treasure, His Eyes Crack Open And He Coughs Up A Stream Of Black Water But How Has He Survived A Week In That Thick Stew Of Human Waste Cast Out By Victorian Society, Eve And Abel Find Succour From An Unlikely Source They Will Become The Lion Faced Girl And The Flayed Man, Star Performers In Professor Josiah Arroner S Palace Of Curiosities And There Begins A Journey That Will Entwine Their Fates Forever.

10 thoughts on “The Palace of Curiosities

  1. says:

    Hot on the heels of another book with a Victorian circus esque flavour, I got to read an early ARC for The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland While it is a debut novel, Garland is an award winning author in other disciplines and it definitely shows in her first long form offering It s a stunning piece of work, with strong themes of identity, acceptance of ...

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    In Victorian London, a girl named Eve is born covered in hair, a coat she comes to think of as her fur Unloved by her mother and mocked by strangers, she is swept off her feet by the avaricious Josiah Arroner, who fills her with hopes of romance but leaves her trapped in a loveless and sexless marriage Instead, he cruelly parades her as the Lion Faced Girl , the central attraction of his Unique and Genuine Anatomical Marvels , a variety performance with the air of a freakshow Meanwhile, In Victorian London, a girl named Eve is born covered in hair, a coat she comes to think of as her fur Unloved by her mother and mocked by strangers, she is swept off her feet by the avaricious Josiah Arroner, who fills her w...

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    Magical realism is always a strange genre you don t always know what you re going to get In The Palace of Curiosities, a novel about performers in a Victorian freak show, I think I got a littlethan I wanted Garland offers readers a potentially charming romance between two misfits, told in rich, evocative prose but also manages to be unexpectedly gruesome I finished the novel feeling that I d just read a very beautiful book that nevertheless unsettled me.In chapters that alternate persp Magical realism is always a strange genre you don t always know what you re going to get In The Palace of Curiosities, a novel about performers in a Victorian freak show, I think I got a littlethan I wanted Garland offers readers a potentially charming romance between two misfits, told in rich, evocative prose but also manages to be unexpectedly gruesome I finished the novel feeling that I d just read a very beautiful book that nevertheless unsettled me.In chapters that alternate perspective, Rosie Garland shows readers two freaks Eve, the woman who is covered in fur like a lion, and Abel, the man who cannot die After mishaps and general miserableness, both find themselves as attractions in a popular freak show Of course, neither Eve nor Abel them the circus act particularly enjoyable either, and so they eventually make plans for their escape, to live anormal life.Yet while I think we could certainly think of The Palace of Curiosities as a romantic novel, I also feel like the au...

  4. says:

    2.5 Stars Wow I really disliked this book which is such a shame because it had such potential The two main characters, Eve and Abel, were just so Well Boring Abel was interesting during the first part of the book but Eve was boring all the way through The story was predictable and the entire book just felt like it fell flat The one thing it had going for it was that the writing was quite lyrical and I enjoyed how unnerving and weird some of the book was, but I just couldn t get over 2.5 Stars Wow I really disliked this book which is such a shame because it had such potential The two main characters, Eve and Abel, were just so Well Boring Abel was interesting during the first part of the book but Eve was boring all the way through The story was predictable and the entire book just fel...

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    It was the cover that captured my attention I admit it And then I thought I was picking up a book with a story on the lines of Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus which I truly liked Liked a lot I guess it is a mistake to choose a book by its cover, because it may not live to our expectations Or to the beauty of the cover.This means that, as much as I liked the cover of this The Palace of Curiosities, I couldn t find any delight in the story within.The two narrators are Eve and Abel and they It was the cover that captured my attention I admit it And then I thought I was picking up a book with a story on the lines of Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus which I truly liked Liked a lot I guess it is a mistake to choose a book by its cover, because it may not live to our expectations Or to the beauty of the cover.This means that, as much as I liked the cover of this The Palace of Curiosities, I couldn t find any delight in the story within.The two narrators are Eve and Abel and they tell the story alternately Eve tells her in past tense except for the first chapter, which is told in present tense, despite the fact that it is about an event that took place before Eve was born Abel always uses the present tense.Eve was born with fur covering her body like a lion and we never fully understand why and Abel is a man who cannot die R...

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    I listened to the audiobook of this and was unfortunately disappointed I thought the narration by Jane Copland was very good but the story was let down by poor characters and a completely bizarre ending which didn t fit with the feel of the rest of the book This book tells the story of Eve and Abel who are both performers in Professor Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities It is written with two separate narrations which worked well to tell their different back stories Overall, I enjoyed Abe I listened to the audiobook of this and was unfortunately disappointed I thought the narration by Jane Copland was very good but the story was let down by poor characters and a completely bizarre ending which didn t fit with the feel of the rest of the book This book tells the story of Eve and Abel who are both performers in Professor Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities It is written with two separate narrations which worked well to tell their different back stories Overall, I enjoyed Abel s story muchand I think the only point of having Eve in the book was to turn it into a romance Why do all books have to have a romance Eve was a bit a doormat which may have been the point but she certainly isn t a good role model for young woman and it takes her far too long to realise her situation view spoiler that her husband is using her to make money and has no romantic or sexual feelings for her However, once she does realise this she is immediately angry and becomes a m...

  7. says:

    This is a promising debut novel which will appeal to fans of quirky fiction peppered with a dash of magical realism Alternate chapters tell the stories of Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl whose lives intertwine when they both perform in Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities Estranged from normal society, they share a basic human need for acceptance and love.Thei...

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    This wonderful debut novel was way outside my usual comfort zone, but I found it mesmerising The writing is wonderful, and I ve spent the last day living in Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities with Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl At the start, I thought the present tense telling would be difficult it s a great tribute to the author s mastery of her craft that I stopped being aware of it very quickly, and it only helped to draw me in to the here and now of this murky and This wonderful debut novel was way outside my usual comfort zone, but I found it mesmerising The writing is wonderful, and I ve spent the last day living in Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities with Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl At the start, I thought the present tense telling would be difficult it s a great tribute to the author s mastery of her craft that I stopp...

  9. says:

    Probably a 4.5, but I enjoyed it so much I m going to round up rather than down.This is a dark, sometimes violent, yet ultimately uplifting book about 2 freaks one a hairy lion faced lady, and the other a confused, forgetful man who cannot die and fears the memories that haunt his dreams This is not the stuff of happy fairy tales, but rather the story of 2 outsiders who come to value and exult in their ot...

  10. says:

    I must admit, I came to this novel with low expectations comparisons with Angela Carter left me expecting some steampunk pastiche of Nights At The Circus, or an inferior version of Katherine Dunn s Geek Love I was wrong though Initially, the book won me over with the cleverness of its writing It s extremely easy to read, but constantly carries the reader s mind ahead of the story with subliminal prompts Visceral with pungent recurring themes of hair, flesh, sweat and innards, the story itse I must admit, I came to this novel with low expectations comparisons with Angela Carter left me expecting some steampunk pastiche of Nights At The Circus, or an inferior version of Katherine Dunn s Geek Love I was wrong though Initially, the book won me over with the cleverness of its writing It s extremely easy to read, but...

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