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The Carp Castle

MacDonald Harris

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0694-1
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Hardcover
Overlook
09/12/2013

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A sly, sexy, and profoundly haunting work, The Carp Castle is the story of a disparate group of strangers adrift and confused in the decade after the First World War. These haunted men and broken women find themselves bound together by an ineffable force: the seductive spell cast by a mysterious woman named Moira—one part mystic, one part cult leader, one part prophet.

The Carp Castle introduces us to these misfits—to the unemployed American metaphysician, the perpetually ill English nurse, the guilt-ridden German captain, and a handful of others—as they board an airship called The League of Nations, which will, perhaps, deliver them to the promised land.

Exuberantly written and rich with historical ironies, The Carp Castle is a remarkable final statement from MacDonald Harris, praised by the Chicago Tribune as "a gifted craftsman, a meticulous writer whose powers as a storyteller are as compelling as the sexual tensions he imagines."

Praise for The Carp Castle:

"It's a delight. It could be by no one else—the combination of effortless technical detail and delicate emotional perception is utterly MacDonald Harris, and so is his sense, marvelously deployed here, of the simultaneous terness and absurdity of love. His sympathy for such a range of characters in their crazinesses, their various kinds of loneliness, their sheer comedy is wonderful. I think it's one of his very best." —Philip Pullman

Praise for The Balloonist:

"Every so often, one discovers a novel that simply stays with you, that haunts your imagination for days after it's closed and put back on the shelf. The Balloonist is that kind of book." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Brilliant . . . Stunning . . . A delightful, quirky novel, The Balloonist is written in a dancing prose that matches the excitement of the enterprise . . . What a joy it is to read this book, so full of the spirit of adventure!" —Wall Street Journal

"It's leisurely, it's subtle and reflective, it's funny, it's accurate and fascinating about the technical business of flying balloons and meteorology and the mysteries of early radio; there's a love story that is ter, sexy and ridiculous all at once, there are characters who are firmly conceived and rounded and surprising, there's an immaculate and jazz-like sense of rhythm and timing; but best of all there's that sensation that comes so rarely, but is as welcome as a cool breeze on a hot day when it does—the sensation that here is a subtle, witty and intelligent mind that really knows how to tell a story. Actually, it's almost impossible to read any of Harris's first pages without helplessly turning to the next, and the next. I'm astonished that he's not far better known." —Philip Pullman


Donald Heiney (MacDonald Harris was a pseudonym) was born in 1921 and died in 1993. He is the author of sixteen novels, including The Balloonist and Tenth. In 1982, he received the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Sciences for the sum of his work.

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