Bartholomew Fair

Bartholomew Fair Set in London during a killing heat wave Eric Basso s novel Bartholomew Fair unfolds as a terrible cataclysm is about to devastate the city Begun in the Middle Ages as a religious festival in

  • Title: Bartholomew Fair
  • Author: Eric Basso
  • ISBN: 9781878580245
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in London during a killing heat wave, Eric Basso s 1982 novel, Bartholomew Fair, unfolds as a terrible cataclysm is about to devastate the city Begun in the Middle Ages as a religious festival in commemoration of St Bartholomew the Great, over the centuries Bartholomew Fair passed through several metamorphoses Now it has gone underground Its lone survivor recountSet in London during a killing heat wave, Eric Basso s 1982 novel, Bartholomew Fair, unfolds as a terrible cataclysm is about to devastate the city Begun in the Middle Ages as a religious festival in commemoration of St Bartholomew the Great, over the centuries Bartholomew Fair passed through several metamorphoses Now it has gone underground Its lone survivor recounts the story of the Fair s final, sordid incarnation, and the bizarre odyssey which brings him face to face with the unspeakable Rich in texture and atmosphere, this extraordinary novel is also a stylistic tour de force, in which the history of Bartholomew Fair, whose long dead voices come to life in these pages, haunts the clandestine activities of its modern day performers and their obsessed patrons Its strange cast of characters do their best to unravel the fabric of expectations Basso has created a world that is darkly comic, sinister, moving and, in the end, unforgettably disturbing.

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    1. How can it be that this is the first review of this splendid, strange, totally gripping novel? Concerning a traveling troupe of "prodigies", a stifling heatwave, entertainments gone underground in several different senses, ecclesiastical history, an off-the-ledgers murder trial, various implausible yarns, feverish descriptions of otherworldly subterranean spaces, and possible end times, all delivered from behind a demoniacal grin and mysterious motives. The plot unfolds in fits and disconnected [...]

    2. It's been nearly five years since Nate D reviewed this book and, aside from Sarah's objection to the commas last year, it continues to languish unread and unreviewed. Eric Basso appears to be a consummate outsider writer, ignored by or unknown to most adventurous fiction readers, perhaps in part due to his limited, though still very much in print, fiction output (aside from this, his only novel, there is only his collection of short fiction: The Beak Doctor). Basso has been much more prolific in [...]

    3. It was pretty good. Very, very gothic. I was following the story decently right up until the end which did not make much sense to me though. Despite this it was fun to read, just my kind of prose

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