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by Graham Joyce

  • ISBN: 0312860889
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Graham Joyce
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Tor ed edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Pages: 286
  • ePub book: 1655 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1843 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 168

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The voice in his head had stopped. The unruly narrative. It had suddenly stopped with the words I can't breathe. What had happened to make it stop? He'd been dreaming. Some terrible weight had settled on his chest in the night. As he struggled to surface from his sleep, he realized it was not he who was unable to breathe. The voice, the tongue, the presence, the haunting; the thing that had spread its wings about him since his arrival in Jerusalem. Every day, a whispering at the back of his mind

The haunting new literary fantasy from the (actual) author of MEMOIRS OF A MASTER FORGER. A young couple are caught in an avalanche during a skiing holiday in the French Alps. Acclaimed author Graham Joyce's mesmerizing new novel centers around the disappearance of a young girl from a small town in the heart of England. Her sudden return twenty years later, and the mind-bending tale of where she's been, will challenge our very perception of truth. His books include The Silent Land, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others.

Perhaps Joyce should have tackled Joyce Graham’s Requiem is a confusing hodge podge of themes and ideas. Another great book by Joyce

Perhaps Joyce should have tackled Joyce Graham’s Requiem is a confusing hodge podge of themes and ideas. There are ghosts, demons, self-deception, religious possibilities and retellings, and human deceptions. He created a ride that I did not enjoy. Another great book by Joyce. This time around the characters are so messed up, so disfunctional that you cannot help but root for them to make it through, to find the secrets out, to win. Set in a city that I have little knowledge of, Joyce led us on a wonderful mystery filled with religion, love, the supernatural and the stupid things that we do when we are in love.

Graham Joyce came highly recommended by Jonathan Carroll, and that's enough recommendation for me to read a phone book. Requiem, Joyce's fourth novel and the first to be published in the . is a quirky book, written in a weirdly flowing style that I associate with several of today's British authors (Mary Gentle is the author that comes to mind immediately, although shades of Geoff Ryman and Greg Egan are also present).

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Graham Joyce (22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014) was a British writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards, including the O. Henry Award and the World Fantasy Award. Henry Award and the World Fantasy Award, for both his novels and short stories. He grew up in a small mining village just outside Coventry to a working-class family. After receiving a . d. degree from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 (now University of Derby) and an .

Graham Joyce, a four-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England. His books include Dark Sister, Requiem, and The Tooth Fairy, which received a Booker nomination and was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998.

Requiem, Graham Joyce, Michael Joseph, 1995, ISBN 0-7181-3944-5, f1. 9, 304pp. Graham Joyce came highly recommended by Jonathan Carroll, and that’s enough recommendation for me to read a phone book. Requiem, Joyce’s fourth novel and the first to be published in the .

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After the tragic death of his wife, Katie, Tom Webster travels to modern-day Jerusalem in search of a lost love and a reason to keep on living. He finds a city haunted by ghosts and djinn, divided by warring religious factions, yet offering him no refuge from his guilt and grief. Even his passionate affair with Sharon, an old friend and lover from his college days, cannot save Tom from the madness that appears to be overcoming him, nor hide him from the mysterious, spectral woman who shadows his every step.Only when a dying scholar entrusts him with a previously unknown Dead Sea Scroll does Tom begin to realize that his torment and bizarre hallucinations relate not only to his wife's death, but to another death that shaped the world two thousand years ago...What woman truly haunts Tom's ordeal in Jerusalem? Sharon? Katie? Or the restless spirit of none other than Mary Magdalene?

Comments

Malak Malak
I picked this up on the strength of Joyce's "The Tooth Fairy", which introduced wonderful rich characters and an intriguingly twisted sense of reality.

The same skewed reality was here, too, enough to keep me involved right up to the end. Character development was less evident in this book than in The Tooth Fairy - I had a very difficult time developing any empathy with Tom (perhaps I wasn't meant to). I loved the character of Tobie, and would have liked to have spent more time with her.

As others have mentioned, the Dead Sea Scrolls subplot seemed a little half-hearted on Joyce's part, except perhaps as a means of introducing the Magdalene as an archetype for all marginalized women. The resolution of the school-storeroom subplot seemed entirely too convenient; I almost get the sense that Joyce could not bring himself at the last moment to make Tom "that" much of a cad.

Still and all, Joyce's writing is so numinous, it carried me right through to the end.

Where I was - disappointed. The resolution of Ahmed's subplot was entirely uncalled-for, even acknowledging that I can't say I wasn't warned. What I really object to is the easy way in which the Katie subplot was resolved; was Tom's guilt so easily assuaged (if he was merely nuts), or was the Magdalene/Katie so easily satisfied (if it all literally happened)? Either way you approach the story (and either assumption seems equally valid), the ending came "too easy". There was too much build-up for such an unsatisfying conclusion.

Or maybe I'm just unhappy that the book ended so quickly. Truth is, Joyce's writing is so evocative that you want to live in his world just a little longer - just a few more pages' worth, please. He's a writer for those of us who want to believe that there IS much more to the world than what we can readily discern, and that magic - even dark, terrifying magic - is really just a glance or a gesture away.
Ffrlel Ffrlel
Not my type book.
Xinetan Xinetan
Great story, quite out of the ordinary.
Dolid Dolid
i'm going to be spoiling stuff all over so skip it if that bothers you, but this stuff just pissed me off:

i'm about 20-30 pages from the end, and at this point, the main character seems to have been beating himself up over something THAT NEVER HAPPENED? the thought was supposedly enough to tear him apart emotionally? even though, by his own admission, dozens of teachers have harbored the same "gee, i'd like to bang my student" thought without having a nervous break down?! but he's overcome because he blames himself for killing his wife through lack of love or some such? seriously, that's just lame. if he's this emotionally fragile, how did he ever make it through any kind of life? what, he'd only harbored such thoughts this one awful time ever? even though dozens of teens traipse through his class each year? lame.

anyway, it also struck me how so much is made about the dead sea scrolls and jesus/magdelene conspiracy stuff and yet they are perfectly fine overlooking the obvious supernatural things going on. and no, the idea that this is magic realism or maybe it's real and maybe it's not just doesn't cut it. it would have been fine had NO ONE ELSE been experiencing the hallucinations, but the moment ahmed tells tom about tom's demon, the moment sharon starts hearing voices on the radio and through a patient, and the moment christina (ugh, christ-christina) tells tom that katie says hi, then it is no longer a matter of being crazy or losing it because others are experiencing the same thing. the reason we think the guy who talks to ghosts is nuts is precisely because we ourselves can't talk to the ghosts; the moment we all get to experience the ghosts, we can't call the guy crazy. we can't question "is this real" when so many folks aren't just experiencing similar phenomenon but connected, consistent apparitions. at which point, the entire mess about the christian plot to use jesus as a fake divine presence and the rest of it becomes silly. if one guy can talk to demons, another converses with his dead wife, a lady hears a dead woman on a radio and through the mouth of a patient, and that patient has information she shouldn't ... why again is a virgin birth so silly? why should we discount the christian account as it had already been written? it just becomes a goofy attempt to denigrate a faith while ignoring the use of "magic" to do so.

if my opinion changes upon finishing the book, i'll let you know.