The Jade Cabinet

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1994 - Fiction - 158 pages
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Made speechless by her eccentric father, the beautiful Etheria is traded for a piece of precious jade. Memory, her sister, tells her story, that of a childhood enlivened by Lewis Carroll and an orangutan named Dr. Johnson and envenomed by the pernicious courtship of Radulph Tubbs, Queen Victoria's own Dragon of Industry. The novel travels from Oxford to Egypt where one million ibis mummies wait to be transformed into fertilizer, where Baconfield the architect will cause a pyramid to collapse, and where a scorned and bloated hunger artist who speaks in tongues will plot a bloody revenge. The fourth element in a tetralogy of novels - Earth ( The Stain), Fire ( Entering Fire), Water ( The Fountains of Neptune) and Air - The Jade Cabinet is both a riveting novel and a reflection on the nature of memory and desire, language and power. Following the novel is an afterword, "Waking to Eden," in which Ducornet reflects on the sources for her writing and on the quartet of novels completed by The Jade Cabinet.

  

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Review: The Jade Cabinet (Tetralogy of Elements #4)

User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

it was indeed okay. the language was a joy to read, but storywise I feel like it didn't actually have an ending. not all stories do, I guess. Read full review

Review: The Jade Cabinet (Tetralogy of Elements #4)

User Review  - MJ Nicholls - Goodreads

Ducornet is blessed with a bedazzling flair for magical language, and in this delicious novel (the fourth instalment in a quartet themed around the elements, this being 'air'), she wields her wand ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
15
Section 3
23
Section 4
41
Section 5
49
Section 6
58
Section 7
63
Section 8
73
Section 12
105
Section 13
111
Section 14
117
Section 15
132
Section 16
137
Section 17
140
Section 18
145
Section 19
152

Section 9
79
Section 10
88
Section 11
101
Section 20
155
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Rikki Ducornet (born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.

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