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Magic still linger So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel A house might fall in love with a girl A woman might give birth to a – well wh. Some nice writing but this was unfortunately another letdown for me though if magical realism is your thing you might find some stories to enjoy here For me the stories ended up being pretty repetitive with protagonists which became interchangeable as the collection went on Like some other reviewers have mentioned I feel like this could have been enjoyable if there were fewer stories but they were fleshed out as a few of them definitely had potential

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Daisy Johnson’s Fen is a liminal land Real people live their lives here They wrestle with familiar instincts with sex and desire with everyday routine But the w. A collection of short stories as a literary debut which are really difficult to classify but are impressive They are set in the fens The fenlands cover parts of East Anglia Cambridgeshire and southern Lincolnshire I am a Lincolnshire lad I wasn t born or brought up in the fens but I know them fairly well One thing you do get a lot of in the fens is eels not uite as many as there used to be Coincidentally I went to a farmers market this morning and inevitably there were eels filleted and smoked whole and smoked and jellied Although reading the first story in this collection may make you wary of eating any The fens are flat and can be bleak depending on the weather There is a sort of edgelessness to them because of the flatness and there is a real wildness Daisy Johnson herself uses the word liminal to describe the fens and the stories look the interview up on you tube You could describe the stories as surreal but that wouldn t uite describe them They contain myth a kind of wild magic and metamorphosis The wildlife of the fens plays a significant role eels and especially foxes the lines between animals and people blur The protagonists are all women and there are interesting explorations of female sexuality and women s relation to men The story about three women living together stands out in this respect they lure men back home not just for the usual reasons but to eat them and the analysis of men is interestingWhen we were younger we learnt men the way other people learnt languages or the violin We did not care for their thoughts they could think on philosophy and literature and science if they wanted they could grow opinions inside them if they wanted We did not care for their creed or religion or type for the choices they made and the ones they missed We cared only for what they wanted so much it ruined them Men could pretend they were otherwise could enact the illusion of self control but we knew the running stress of their mindsThe stories totally ditch the idea that the male gaze is what matters and Johnson can write pastoral gothic like no one else I have read she starts ominous and gets so These are modern stories and are unsentimental as in How to Lose ItVirginity was a half starved dog you were looking after wanted to give away as uickly as possible so you could forget it ever existed It was the lingo of sales and stocks what was the best deal when was the right time to sell it allAnd You do not shave your legs or pubic hair It is not a wedding night nor a parade or a party or an invitation You are not a welcome mat Along with some sharp analysis You watch yourself pretend you ve never known anything in your life and never much felt the compulsion to You want to make him think you have no history or education that you might have had language once but it s gone now You want to make him think you re so scrubbed clean of any sort of intelligence that he can lay himself out on you and you ll soak him up The stories continue to surprise The first one Starver seems set up to be a standard teenage anorexia story when a girl announces she is going to stop eating and does But metamorphosing into an eel is very much not part of the standard script And is there a link to the last story where a female lighthouse keeper encounters a fish that seems to have almost human ualities Look out in that one for the representations of male sexuality which wants to possess rather than enjoy There are touches of fairy story myth and magic a house that falls in love a woman made of fen clay reading Madame Bovary she would not tell him about being field than human On hot days she heard the internal crackings of her baked insides felt the make up run from her clay skin a young man who dies tracking a fox whose spirit may now be in the fox and look out for the one with the albatross not a bird you see on the fens which comes out of leftfield Then there is an earthiness about them as well as in How to Fuck a Man you Don t Know When he says he likes your boobs or that your bottom is tight or that you re pretty fun aren t you you tell him words are cheap enough to spit and push his face the place you want it to go These stories are inventive well written and uite brilliant The writing and language sometimes seem to flatten like the landscape there is much that is wild and other but rooted in people we can recognize and places that are real People brought up in small towns may recognize these reflections from a fifteen year old girl There wasn t anything special about either of them except they thought they didn t belong there But didn t everybody she d say while her friends leant back and watched the mudded thighs of the boys playing football on the school field didn t everybody want to bloody leave We re boring It was the truth In a town where there was nothing to do they did well at doing nothingthey had never gone further than the nearest city they had never done anything worth doing These stories will haunt you I already 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Men Little Miss this collection may make you wary of eating any The fens are flat and can be bleak depending on Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, the weather There is a sort of edgelessness Certain Magical Acts to The Descent of Alette them because of Hedged the flatness and The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever there is a real wildness Daisy Johnson herself uses The Year the Gypsies Came the word liminal The Kingdom to describe O Assassinato Perfeito the fens and The Road to Lichfield the stories look Tales of Ancient Egypt the interview up on you Tales of Ancient Egypt tube You could describe The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, the stories as surreal but Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe that wouldn The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English t uite describe The White Guns them They contain myth a kind of wild magic and metamorphosis The wildlife of The Book of Football Quotations the fens plays a significant role eels and especially foxes Governess Gone 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you ll soak him up The stories continue Gender and Firearms to surprise The first one Starver seems set up Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist to be a standard Defining Shinto teenage anorexia story when a girl announces she is going Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter and Other Poems to stop eating and does But metamorphosing into an eel is very much not part of Stable Witch (Saddle Club, the standard script And is White Separatism and the Politics of the American Extreme Right there a link The Reign of Stephen to Aliens the last story where a female lighthouse keeper encounters a fish Aliens that seems Not a Nickel to Spare to have almost human ualities Look out in A Journey Through the Last Dance that one for No Go the Bogeyman to possess rather Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia than enjoy There are Luke Banderloft and The McFarven Pirates touches of fairy story myth and magic a house A Story of Yhwh that falls in love a woman made of fen clay reading Madame 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inventive well written and uite brilliant The writing and language sometimes seem Boardwalk Empire to flatten like Magic Tree House the landscape Popinjay Stairs there is much The Pretender that are real People brought up in small A Battle Won towns may recognize Sunjata these reflections from a fifteen year old girl There wasn Secret Agent Mummy (Secret Agent Mummy, t anything special about either of geoff, buda ve ben them except Perky they Spinning Jenny thought A Saucerful of Secrets they didn Rayleigh Through Time t belong Wannabe in my Gang? there But didn Dive in the Sun t everybody she d say while her friends leant back and watched The Genius of Birds the mudded Wild Things thighs of Biggles Flies East the boys playing football on Letters to Chloe the school field didn Ford County t everybody want Johannes Cabal the Necromancer to bloody leave We re boring It was Academia Obscura the Bloot slaat dood truth In a Wide-Eyed and Legless town where Il rogo di Berlino there was nothing Conquest (Making of England, to do The Team they did well at doing nothingthey had never gone further Beatrix Potters Letters than Fleishman Is in Trouble the nearest city The Rain-Soaked Bride they had never done anything worth doing These stories will haunt you I already have her first novel just published and on The Nightingale Girls (Nightingales 1) the Booker longlist

Daisy Johnson ↠ 4 review

Ild is always close at hand ready to erupt This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse where curious metamorphoses take place where myth and dark. I came to this book after reading Daisy Johnson s wonderful Everything Under a book I described alliteratively as a literary novel of the liminal language leaving and legend longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize Many reviews of that book have I feel concentrated on the legend part an even within that legend part on the Greek legend whose plot underlies the novel and looking for other Greek parallels whereas I saw the other elements of eual importance and the legend part as drawing on a modern range of English countryside or perhaps accurately waterside legendMy thoughts lead me to this book the author s debut book a short story collection Like Everything Under its main setting is the rivers and landwater boundaries of an area near an English ancient university but in this case of a light rather than dark blue hueHaving spent the first 17 years of my life in South West Norfolk and following a brief Thames estuary break the next four years in Cambridge the foundational part of my life was spent in areas which bounded the Fens the eponymous district in which this collection is set where water becomes land and land can lie below water and where the dark earthy soil is heavy and fertile It is an area which has featured in Graham Swift s Waterland which while a very different book has in common that the Fens themselves almost end up a character and has a slight obsession with eels and is the historical setting for Paul Kingsnorth s wonderful The WakeThe distinctiveness of this collection is set from the first story what at first seems to be a tale of teenage anorexia turns into a story of land drainage and transformation into an eel and is followed by a story of men eating women who are then possessed by the men they eat and then by a jealous house and later by a new mother who experiences the visitation of a sailor s superstition and by a woman fashioned from the Fen earth and magical beliefThemes in this collection include transitions boundaries sexuality earth and mud water rivers boats and barges metamorphosis and shapeshifting legend English folklore and ancient magic grounded in the landscape language and the power of words Immediately the inspiration and ground work should that be water and earth work for Everything Under is apparent and this collection serves both as a fascinating book in its own right as well as a great way to understand Daisy Johnson s interests as a writer


10 thoughts on “Fen AUTHOR Daisy Johnson

  1. says:

    ‘’Remember about the albatrosses? We got one on our trail now I didn’t know what it was when I saw it It was too big to be anything real I keep thinking about them carrying dead sailors around them’’ I am ashamed to say that I was

  2. says:

    A collection of short stories as a literary debut which are really difficult to classify but are impressive They are set in the fens

  3. says:

    Daisy Johnson's first novel Everything Under was one of the highlights of this year's Man Booker longlist so I was very keen to get

  4. says:

    I came to this book after reading Daisy Johnson’s wonderful Everything Under – a book I described alliteratively as a “literary novel of the liminal language leaving and legend longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize”Many reviews of that book have I feel concentrated on the legend part an even within that legend

  5. says:

    I read Fen on the back of the 2018 Booker shortlisted Everything Under Fen was written some two years previously Its a collection of short stories and had received praise from a relatively small number of readersThe stories are in many ways striking than the better known Everything Under and this is in part the

  6. says:

    It is going to be very difficult to knock this off the spot of best book of the year for me I have always enjoyed books set around harsh landscapes am I the only person to find Wuthering Heights a 'cosy' novel? and that is part of what this book is set on the flat english Fenlands is It also appeals to the small townvillage girl in me The writing is beautiful and made the elements of magic injected into most of the stories compl

  7. says:

    I listened to this on Lavar Burton reads #ReadingRainbowforAdults

  8. says:

    Some nice writing but this was unfortunately another letdown for me though if magical realism is your thing you might find some stories to enjoy here For me the stories ended up being pretty repetitive with protagonists which became interchangeable as the collection went on Like some other reviewers have mentioned I feel like this could hav

  9. says:

    It is a debut collection by a loosely related short stories They are all set in the east part of England with its plains canals river estuaries and pylons distorting the horizontality of the place Miss Johnston’s artistic treatment of the area her imagination transforms it into weary dark atmospheric setting This is the place were young g

  10. says:

    A surreal and slightly magical collection of short stories Talking foxes possessive houses relationships monsters and A treat of a collection

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