The Field of the Cloth of Gold

The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Book - 2015
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In a lush meadow, bounded by dense forest and a sparkling river, the flags of several tents flutter in the breeze, rich with the promise of halcyon days. Yet all is not as tranquil as it may seem: the balance of power wrought between the occupants of The Great Field, as it is properly known, is a delicate one, and relationships are stretched to breaking point when a new, large and disciplined group offers to share its surplus of milk pudding. Only the narrator acknowledges the gesture, but by forging links with the newcomers he becomes a conduit for change, change that threatens The Great Field.
Publisher: London, England, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781408860021
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 22 cm.


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Sep 21, 2016

I actually did pick this book up because I liked the cover (and the title). And Magnus Mills is a pretty good writer name. With a name like that you couldn't just be a banker or cab driver really. Set in the field of the title, Mills's novel is set in an unnammed country at an unknown time, although it feels medieval. It has the feel of an allegory, as well as a kind of absurdist take on folk tales that recalls Kafka and Calvino. I think Patrick DeWitt's latest, "Under majordomo Minor" attempted something similar, but this is a more rewarding effort.

Aug 31, 2016

Another strange little gem from Magnus Mills. In typical style, he's combined the whimsical and the mundane with the sinister. Not much on the surface, but lots of layers underneath!

Jul 01, 2016

Stange - I found this a complete waste of time.

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