The Spirit Cabinet

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Random House of Canada, Sep 28, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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After a slow climb out of the strip clubs and flesh pots of Europe, Jurgen and Rudolfo have hit the big time in Las Vegas, headlining a slick and well-oiled magic act. Rudolfo, a true misfit, is content orchestrating the spectacle, but Jurgen, stricken since childhood with the irrational desire to make magic, hungers for more. He finds it in a musty, mysterious collection of old manuscripts and magic cabinetry that once belonged to Houdini. And when he turns into the miracle-working saint of Las Vegas, chaos results. In a narrative that is whimsical, comic and melancholy by turns, Quarrington takes dead aim at the place in the human heart that hopes that doves can bloom from top hats and illusions can come true.

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The eighth novel by Canadian Quarrington (who received good reviews here for Whale Music and Hockey Is a Lot Like Life) recounts the Las Vegas success of gay German magicians Jurgen and Rodolfo, whose ... Read full review

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