Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff

First sentence:

"Mr. Sunshine first enters the city near dusk of a spring day in 1866, after heavy showers have turned its dirt roads and streets to mud soup."


"Fool on the Hill is a magical storytelling tour de force that since its original publication has become an underground classic. It is the story of S. T. George, a young writer-in-residence at Cornell University, who is looking for love and dragons to slay. Momentous forces and a cast of extraordinary characters gather around him--including dogs and cats who speak, Shakespearean sprites who dress in Armani, and two mysterious women. Soon George is caught up in an epic struggle of life and death, good and evil, magic and love. Fantastic as the epic quests of J. R. R. Tolkien and contemporary as the zany entertainment of Tom Robbins, Fool on the Hill is certain to be reread, laughed over, and remembered for a very long time."

My thoughts:

This was a sometimes strange, but always magical book about storytelling and how it feels to discover that you're part of someone else's story. My favorite characters included George, Aurora, Luther the dog, Blackjack the cat, and the sprites Puck and Zephyr.

Date read: 7/17/2007
Book #: 62
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0802135358
ISBN-13: 9780802135353
Publisher: Grove Press
Year: 1998
# of Pages: 400
Binding: Trade Paperback
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