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Elysian Wonderland by Stuart Ayris

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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
09 Aug 2015, 09:33 AM | Post: #1

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Elysian Wonderland by Stuart Ayris

I find it hard to believe that I'm the first to review this book here, but I can't find a thread about it, so here goes:

Elysian Wonderland

 
This is another extraordinary creation by Stuart Ayris. It begins with a painfully accurate observation of a couple who still live together, but no longer communicate. On a whim they set off in their long-neglected campervan, Flo, who takes them to a music festival. An odd character, Purple Alice, persuades them to try a curious purple drink and their adventure begins as they find themselves in a world of talking animals, bizarre people and strange happenings.
There is a similarity to the theme of Alice in Wonderland, (hence, of course, the play on words in the title), but that similarity is only superficial. In this wonderland we find the author at his exuberant, whimsical best in a place where language is a flexible toy for creative play. If the word he needs doesn’t already exist, he invents it – and we instinctively know what he means. If a phrase sounds particularly fine, he’ll repeat it. His trademark pop music references abound – is there another author who would give us a character called Judy Judy Judy? Vivid images are thrown at us in rapid succession. From time to time he addresses the reader directly to make sure we’re still involved.
As they progress through the wonderland the couple see glimpses of their own and each other’s past lives and come to an understanding of their relationship in the real world.
It took me ages to read this book. I had to keep re-reading passages for the pure enjoyment of the writing that frequently feels more like poetry than conventional prose.
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RE: Elysian Wonderland by Stuart Ayris

Thank you so much mate. Really appreciate it!
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(09 Aug 2015 09:50 AM)Stu Ayris Wrote: Wrote:  Thank you so much mate. Really appreciate it!
The pleasure is mine.
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Let's agree to share the pleasure!
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(09 Aug 2015 02:25 PM)Stu Ayris Wrote: Wrote:  Let's agree to share the pleasure!
It's a deal.
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Almost 40,000 words into Merzougaville, Baby as we speak. No stopping this fool now!

Groovy
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RE: Elysian Wonderland by Stuart Ayris

(09 Aug 2015 03:49 PM)Stu Ayris Wrote: Wrote:  Almost 40,000 words into Merzougaville, Baby as we speak. No stopping this fool now!

Groovy
Slow down, Stu!
You're writing faster than I read.
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