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Leonora Carrington the distinguished British born Surrealist painter is also a writer of extraordinary imagination and charm Exact Change launched a program of reprinting her fiction with what is perhaps her best loved book The Hearing Trumpet is the story of 92 year o. Ali Smith s introduction to this edition very effectively renders any comment from me superfluous since Smith seems to be coming from a perspective by my side and is much elouent and insightful than I could hope to be As she points out Carrington s vision of nuclear winter is entirely swap outable for the in progress fossil fuel induced climate catastrophe Her comments on feminist themes in the book including attitudes towards older women were similarly on point My urging fellow youngish whitefolks to value and respect the genius and often subjugated knowledge of elders will be less helpful than urging them to read this book Read itIf at times I felt the splendidly unconventional narrative a spectacular hybrid of fairytale uest apocalyptic mysticism themed mystery kind of a la Umberto Eco and satirical fable made no sense I also felt that this was intentional although occasionally I had a feeling that some privately intelligible symbolism was at work in collaboration with my own expansive ignorance According to some participants in this discussion all sorts of interesting things are going on structually and thematically that I only caught snatches of Nonetheless I had a feeling of bracing refreshment as if the rug I was sitting on with my book and blanket had suddenly decided to fly out of the window and give me a tour of an enchanted landThere are some issues The Negress Christabel Burns has an impressive role revealing secret and spiritual knowledge This inevitably reminded me of the Hollywood magic Negro trope since she seems to have no back story and unlike the other characters no vulnerabilities preferences or emotional ties I was distressed by the narrative s victimisation of a trans woman and her misgendering although I noticed that the deadnaming applied to her was partially reversed hinting at a trajectory towards trans acceptance I have to hope so anyway since the 70s was a pretty dodgy decade for cis feminist attitudes to trans issuesI found this an easy read despite the ornate language and elaborate frenetic creativity especially on the part of Marian s friend Carmella It s really delightful to read something that so joyously and hilariously challenges attitudes to mental health Carrington here makes unmistakable what is so often misunderstood in surrealism the stimulus to see hear feel clearly and deeply to see beyond the myths and other illusions of conventional socialisation and the deadening of the senses enforced by a narrowed and narrowing culture by recognising the absurdity the surreality of what goes on in our lives every dayOh and I love that Marian doesn t eat meat and is persecuted for it institutionally and is friendly with animals Cat lovers will appreciate this one

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Bess and the ueen Bee reign and where the gateway to the underworld is open It is also the scene of a mysterious murderOccult twin to Alice in Wonderland The Hearing Trumpet is a classic of fantastic literature that has been translated and celebrated throughout the wor. 92 year old Marian Leatherby is uite content living with her son and his family she holds no illusions that she is a welcome presence in the home so she stays out of everyone s way in the hope that they will stay out of hers a strategy that has always paid off so far Her hearing is none too good so she is given a gift of a hearing trumpet by her eccentric beatific best friend Carmella With her newly enhanced hearing she is able to overhear that her family plans to ship her off to a home for old womenThe old ladies home is a bizarre affair run in Draconian fashion by a married couple who belong to a cultish but ostensibly Christian religious sect The buildings are in odd shapes such as a big boot an igloo a castle tower an Egyptian sarcophagussee I told you it was bizarre There are all sorts of strange goings on occult rituals a poisoning plot a murder a search for the Holy Grail a devastating cataclysm some Kabbalistic stuff Taliessin fits in there somewhere and there s a female Anubis who is named Anubeth And much Bottom line this book is absolutely batshit bonkers and also absolutely delightful full of humor and absurd lunacy zipping along on its own internal logic Note Coincidentally I read this immediately after Barbara Comyn s Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead another delightful novel featuring an elderly woman with an old fashioned hearing trumpet Is there an esoteric genre called hearing trumpet fiction If so I m open for further recommendations because so far I m on a roll

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Ld Marian Leatherby who is given the gift of a hearing trumpet only to discover that what her family is saying is that she is to be committed to an institution But this is an institution where the buildings are shaped like birthday cakes and igloos where the Winking Ab. Here s the cover of the 1977 Pocket Books mass market I have 192 pages which isn t listed at the moment


10 thoughts on “The Hearing Trumpet

  1. says:

    Leonora Carrington died only a month and a half ago at the age of 94 a surrealist and remarkable traveler across the 20th century Though I only heard about her through a post on the Writers No One Reads tumblr it seems that she was far from unknown Here is her epitaph in the TelegraphBorn in Britain she eloped with Max Ernst hung out with Picasso and Dali fled the Nazis escaped from a Spanish psychiatric hospi

  2. says:

    Ali Smith's introduction to this edition very effectively renders any comment from me superfluous since Smith seems to be coming from a perspective by my side and is much elouent and insightful than I could hope to be As she points out Carrington's vision of nuclear winter is entirely swap outable for the in prog

  3. says:

    35 stars The Hearing Trumpet is an exuberantly surreal adventure one which includes such bizarre and spoiler yconsider yourself warned elements as a 92 year old woman sentenced to a most unusual retirement home a mysterious portrait of a win

  4. says:

    Here's the cover of the 1977 Pocket Books mass market I have 192 pages which isn't listed at the moment

  5. says:

    I don't know where to begin describing this I feel that knowing anything going in might spoil the craziness of this book It is well written imaginative and about old ladies

  6. says:

    Brava In a 1977 interview that appears as a foonote on the first page of the introduction of this edition Carrington notes that in this book she wanted to appear as an old lady so that I could poke fun at sinister things An

  7. says:

    92 year old Marian Leatherby is uite content living with her son and his family; she holds no illusions that she is a welcome presenc

  8. says:

    A book I've been circling for years even before I joined Goodreads depending what I heard about it sometimes it sounded ent

  9. says:

    A novel way of spring cleaningIt was this interview in the Guardian that brought me here Olga Tokarczuk mentions that one influence on Drive you

  10. says:

    A wonderful beginning uickly plateaued to a cruising altitude of banal and uninspired until the final couple of chapters when Carrington seemed to shake out of her dithering reverie and started throwing her weight about but the turgidity of phantasmagorias was simply not enough to save this book from the doldrumsMirian Leatherby is

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