The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea

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Picador, 2006 - English poetry - 60 pages
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That Mark Haddon's first book after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was a poetry collection perhaps came as a surprise to his legions of fans; that it is a collection of such virtuosity and range did not. The gifts so admired in Haddon's prose are in strong evidence here too - the humanity of his voices, the dark humour and the uncanny ventriloquism - but Haddon is also a writer of considerable seriousness, lyric power and surreal invention, and The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea combines bittersweet love-lyrics, lucid and bold new versions of Horace, comic set-pieces, lullabies, wry postmodern shenanigans (including a note from the official board of censors on "18" certificate poetry), and an entire John Buchan novel condensed to five pages. Consolidating Haddon's reputation as our most powerful myth-weavers and spell-makers, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea also confirms him as one of the most outrageous and freewheeling imaginations at work in contemporary literature.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Oy. I know I'm not an expert at reading poetry, but I've enjoyed a fair bit of it. This book, not so much. Sorry. I wish I could say why in terms that would help you - but all I can say is that *to me ... Read full review

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User Review  - bergs47 - LibraryThing

Unfortunately I listened to this rather than read it. Like all poetry one needs to go back and forth not easy to do on audio. Also I never knew the works that were abridged so it lost all meaning. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Mark Haddon is an author and scriptwriter who has written sixteen books, both for adults and children, and won two BAFTAS. He has received numerous awards for his bestselling novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, including Whitbread Book of The Year.

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