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    ‘’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 t

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    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 w

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    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 l

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    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 th

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    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 sto

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    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

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    I listened to this on Lavar Burton reads #ReadingRainbowforAdults

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    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 interchang

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    It is a debut collection by a loosely related short stories They are all set in the east part of England with its plains

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    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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Gic 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 what.. 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 wi. 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 have her first novel just published and on the Booker longlist

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Ld 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 ma. 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