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Fen AUTHOR Daisy Johnson

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 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 completely ignorant of the existence of this book It wasn t included in any of the recommending reading lists I receive and I hadn t read any review of it on Goodreads I had the luck to become aware of it after a suggestion by the wonderful Jen Campbell in one of her lovely videos that contain treasure for the lovers of haunting fiction And I searched high and low until I found it And when I read it I knew I was suddenly holding one of the best books I ve read this yearThis is a collection of short stories by Daisy Johnson connected by the theme of desire loss and the Otherness in every shape and form and the way we experience these notions particularly during our teenage and early adult years Here we have a girl that transforms herself into an eel Three alluring female vampires are in trouble when they start acting like their unfortunate highly edible victims A house comes alive out of jealousy and vindictiveness A young man returns to his wife The problem is that he was deadA sailor s pregnant wife reaches her limits surrounded by the fisherman s superstitions A mother with a strange and very familiar offspring who wishes to take unto himself the sins of the world Three siblings share a dark twisted fate that would put the Lannister House to shame A woman reminisces on her life while waiting her blind date A lighthouse keeper is obsessed with a sea creature These are some of the stories included in this haunting collection My favourites are Starving Blood Rites Language The Superstition of Albatross A Heavy Devotion The ScatteringMy first uestion was why Fen Why naming the book Fen What is the symbolism So I did my homework and connected my limited knowledge on the subject to new information and everything made a lot sense I knew that Fensalir was the dwelling of Frigg the Norse goddess of Wisdom and Foresight A domain of bogs marshes and springs And naturally most of us know Fenrir Loki s monstrous offspring that tries to exact revenge for its mistreatment And then I discovered that the beautiful fen is associated with water and mists The Fens landscape extending from Cambridge to Lincolnshire is a marshland interrupted by tiny communities of fishermen It s a land steeped in legends and stories of the paranormal The Will o the Wisp the Black Hound called the Black ShuckThink of The Hound of the Baskervilles and you ll get the picture herefore Folk elements exist throughout the stories And fens are everywhere There is obsession sexual passion the notion of virginity the desire to be different the trouble of being a teenager The writing is exceptional Cryptic poetic haunting There is a distinct haziness as if a mist is hovering over the stories everything is blurry and grey The reader needs to read between the lines see behind the sentences and try to decipher any conclusion that may be there And this is exactly the kind of uality that makes Fen such a mesmerizing uniuely beautiful book It definitely reminded me of Jen Campbell s The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night but in a darker and much twisted almost sinister wayIs this a book for everyone No it isn t It reuires us to suspend all disbelief to be attracted to bleak twisted dark choices But if you want to experience a uniue way of writing and if you love short stories with characters that could easily be protagonists in their novels then Fen is right there for you And in my humble opinion it s a masterpiece of the genreMy reviews can also be found on The Double Silence their lives here They wrestle with familiar instincts with sex and desire with everyday routine But Enemies of Promise the w Remember about Walking Nature Home the albatrosses We got one on our Behind Bars trail now I didn Walking For Fitness t know what it was when I saw it It was Naked. 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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 Finer Women to erupt This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse where curious metamorphoses Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down take place where myth and dark I came Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays to Crazy Horses Girlfriend this book after reading Daisy Johnson s wonderful Everything Under a book I described alliteratively as a literary novel of Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the liminal language leaving and legend longlisted for Hannah Has Two Mommies the 2018 Man Booker prize Many reviews of Child Support that book have I feel concentrated on 777 the Lost Blood the legend part an even within Know My Name that legend part on Abandoned Alice the Greek legend whose plot underlies Map My Heart the novel and looking for other Greek parallels whereas I saw Scandal the other elements of eual importance and The Fashion Condition the legend part as drawing on a modern range of English countryside or perhaps accurately waterside legendMy Embellish Me thoughts lead me The Snakehead to Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light this book The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the author s debut book a short story collection Like Everything Under its main setting is Truly Wilde the rivers and landwater boundaries of an area near an English ancient university but in VEGAN ganz anders this case of a light rather Albert Reynolds than dark blue hueHaving spent An Infamous Army (Alastair, the first 17 years of my life in South West Norfolk and following a brief Thames estuary break Score! the next four years in Cambridge Abela the foundational part of my life was spent in areas which bounded A Sisters Secret the Fens Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the eponymous district in which Butchers Crossing this collection is set where water becomes land and land can lie below water and where Unchained Melanie 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 Olivias Luck that Middle Class Problems the Fens The City of London, Volume 2 themselves almost end up a character and has a slight obsession with eels and is Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the historical setting for Paul Kingsnorth s wonderful The WakeThe distinctiveness of How We Lived Then this collection is set from Top Tips for Fussy Eaters the first story what at first seems Winnie Davis to be a The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries tale of The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded teenage anorexia The Tower turns into a story of land drainage and The Seeds of Time transformation into an eel and is followed by a story of men eating women who are The New Black then possessed by Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the men Two Hours they eat and Finding Us (Finding, then by a jealous house and later by a new mother who experiences The End of the Story the visitation of a sailor s superstition and by a woman fashioned from ديوان حافظ the Fen earth and magical beliefThemes in The Christmas Killer this collection include The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination transitions boundaries sexuality earth and mud water rivers boats and barges metamorphosis and shapeshifting legend English folklore and ancient magic grounded in The Lost Revolution the landscape language and Marion Mahony Reconsidered the power of words Immediately The Girl in the Glass Tower the inspiration and ground work should The Great Divide that be water and earth work for Everything Under is apparent and The Lady and the Peacock this collection serves both as a fascinating book in its own right as well as a great way Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith to understand Daisy Johnson s interests as a writer

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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


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 co

  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 The fenlands cover parts of East Anglia Cambridgeshire and southern Lincolnshire I am a Lincolnshire lad I wa

  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 hold of a copy of this collection of stories which is also very accomplished for such a young writerThis collection is slippery liminal and atmospheric blending fairytale elements with the lives of real people and an earthy sexuality The most impressive and fully formed story is The Scattering which

  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 rev

  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 reader

  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

  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 storie

  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 girls are coming of age or becoming mothers without having the time to grow The border between people a

  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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