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Gic still linger So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel A house might fall in love with a girl A woman might give birth to a – well what.. Some nice writing but this was unfortunately another letdown for me though if magical realism is your thing you might find some stories to enjoy here For me the stories ended up being pretty repetitive with protagonists which became interchangeable as the collection went on Like some other reviewers have mentioned I feel like this could have been enjoyable if there were fewer stories but they were fleshed out as a few of them definitely had potential

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Fen AUTHOR Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson’s Fen is a liminal land Real people live their lives here They wrestle with familiar instincts with sex and desire with everyday routine But the wi. Daisy Johnson s first novel Everything Under was one of the highlights of this year s Man Booker longlist so I was very keen to get hold of a copy of this collection of stories which is also very accomplished for such a young writerThis collection is slippery liminal and atmospheric blending fairytale elements with the lives of real people and an earthy sexuality The most impressive and fully formed story is The Scattering which is also the longest Its narrator is the younger sister of a warring pair of twins one of whom tells her stories that match others in this collection Like those this one also involves an element of shapeshifting The fens are a constant brooding backdrop and as in Everything Under the book is full of auatic imagery

review Fen AUTHOR Daisy Johnson

Ld is always close at hand ready to erupt This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse where curious metamorphoses take place where myth and dark ma. I came to this book after reading Daisy Johnson s wonderful Everything Under a book I described alliteratively as a literary novel of the liminal language leaving and legend longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize Many reviews of that book have I feel concentrated on the legend part an even within that legend part on the Greek legend whose plot underlies the novel and looking for other Greek parallels whereas I saw the other elements of eual importance and the legend part as drawing on a modern range of English countryside or perhaps accurately waterside legendMy thoughts lead me to this book the author s debut book a short story collection Like Everything Under its main setting is the rivers and landwater boundaries of an area near an English ancient university but in this case of a light rather than dark blue hueHaving spent the first 17 years of my life in South West Norfolk and following a brief Thames estuary break the next four years in Cambridge the foundational part of my life was spent in areas which bounded the Fens the eponymous district in which this collection is set where water becomes land and land can lie below water and where the dark earthy soil is heavy and fertile It is an area which has featured in Graham Swift s Waterland which while a very different book has in common that the Fens themselves almost end up a character and has a slight obsession with eels and is the historical setting for Paul Kingsnorth s wonderful The WakeThe distinctiveness of this collection is set from the first story what at first seems to be a tale of teenage anorexia turns into a story of land drainage and transformation into an eel and is followed by a story of men eating women who are then possessed by the men they eat and then by a jealous house and later by a new mother who experiences the visitation of a sailor s superstition and by a woman fashioned from the Fen earth and magical beliefThemes in this collection include transitions boundaries sexuality earth and mud water rivers boats and barges metamorphosis and shapeshifting legend English folklore and ancient magic grounded in the landscape language and the power of words Immediately the inspiration and ground work should that be water and earth work for Everything Under is apparent and this collection serves both as a fascinating book in its own right as well as a great way to understand Daisy Johnson s interests as a writer


10 thoughts on “Fen AUTHOR Daisy Johnson

  1. says:

    ‘’Remember about the albatrosses? We got one on our trail now I didn’t know what it was when I saw it It was too big to be anything real I keep thinking about them carrying dead sailors around them’’ I am ashamed to say that I was completely ignorant of the existence of this book It wasn’t included in any of

  2. says:

    A collection of short stories as a literary debut which are really difficult to classify but are impressive They are set in the fens The fenlands cover parts of East Anglia Cambridgeshire and southern Lincolnshire I am a Lincolnshire lad I wasn’t born or brought up in the fens but I know them fairly well One thing you do

  3. says:

    Daisy Johnson's first novel Everything Under was one of the highlights of this year's Man Booker longlist so I was very keen to get hold of a copy of this collection of stories which is also very accomplished for such a young writerThis collection is slippery liminal and atmospheric blending fairytale elements with the lives of real people and an earthy sexuality The most impressive and fully formed story is T

  4. says:

    I came to this book after reading Daisy Johnson’s wonderful Everything Under – a book I described alliteratively as a “literary novel of the liminal language leaving and legend longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize”Many reviews of that book have I feel concentrated on the legend part an even within that legen

  5. says:

    I read Fen on the back of the 2018 Booker shortlisted Everything Under Fen was written some two years previously Its a collection of short stories and had received praise from a relatively small number of readersThe stories are in many ways striking than the better known Everything Under and this is in part the nature of short st

  6. says:

    It is going to be very difficult to knock this off the spot of best book of the year for me I have always enjoyed books set around harsh landscapes am I the only person to find Wuthering Heights a 'cosy' novel? a

  7. says:

    I listened to this on Lavar Burton reads #ReadingRainbowforAdults

  8. says:

    Some nice writing but this was unfortunately another letdown for me though if magical realism is your thing you

  9. says:

    It is a debut collection by a loosely related short stories They are all set in the east part of England with its plains canals river estuaries and pylons distorting the horizontality of the place Miss Johnston’s artistic treatme

  10. says:

    A surreal and slightly magical collection of short stories Talking foxes possessive houses relationships monsters and A treat of a collection

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