The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

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The magnificent stories in this "New York Times" Notable Book range from fables of sexual obsession to allegories of political tragedy. 5 illustrations.

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sea7788

Jul 11, 2007

love it!

The last story, and the one from which the book takes its name, is in my opinion the best. Who hasn't imagined what they would do with three wishes? Byatt places them in the hands of an aging narratologist, who doesn't end up immeasurably wealthy or exuberantly happy but simple more...fulfilled. Which is how I felt after reading the story. Byatt's prose lulls you into believing her inventions, like djinns, and the masterful research she puts into her work gives each one a different touch...often her stories make me want to research her references!

magenta

May 26, 2007

Highly recommended

Definitely a great book. It contains four short stories: "The Glass Coffin", "Gode's Story" "The Story of the Eldest Princess" and "Dragon's Breath" --the first two originally included in the Booker Prize winning novel Possession, and a novella that gives the book its title. Intelligent, astonishing prose. A combination of classical fairy tales and postmodern concerns and narrative techniques. You are going to love it.

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