The Hearing Trumpet

Paperback, 224 pages

English language

Published Feb. 2, 2004 by Exact Change.

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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-old 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 Abbess and the Queen Bee reign, and where the gateway to the underworld is open. It is also the scene of a mysterious murder.

Occult twin to Alice in Wonderland, The Hearing Trumpet is a classic of fantastic literature that has been translated and celebrated throughout the world.

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An altogether wonderful book. Mad, eccentric, funny, feminist, mordant, oneiric, hallucinatory, biting, apocalyptic, quotidian, a tale of the forgotten and neglected and the werewolves, spirits, and self-devourers at the end of the world. Also an eccentric old woman with a hearing trumpet and the odd characters in the nursing home to which her ungrateful family sends her. And then there's this portrait on the wall of Dona Rosalinda Alvarez Cruz della Cueva, a most unusual nun...

So, yes, not a good idea to try to summarize, but you should absolutely read it!

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