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From the double Man Booker prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall', this is a dark fable of lost faith and awakening love amidst the moors.

Fetherhoughton is a drab, dreary town somewhere in a magical, half-real 1950s north England, a preserve of ignorance and superstition protected against the advance of reason by its impenetrable moor-fogs. Father Angwin, the town's cynical priest, has lost his faith, and wants nothing more than to be left alone. Sister Philomena strains against the monotony of convent life and the pettiness of her fellow nuns. The rest of the town goes about their lives in a haze, a never-ending procession of grim, grey days stretching ahead of them.

Yet all of that is about to change. A strange visitor appears one stormy night, bringing with him the hint, the taste of something entirely new, something unknown. But who is Fludd? An angel come to shake the Fetherhoughtonians from their stupor, to reawaken Father Angwin's faith, to show Philomena the nature of love? Or is he the devil himself, a shadowy wanderer of the darkest places in the human heart?

Full of dry wit, compassionate characterisations and cutting insight, Fludd is a brilliant gem of a book, and one of Hilary Mantel's most original works.

Publisher: London : Harper Perennial, 1989.
ISBN: 9780007172894
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAN
Characteristics: 185, 16 p. : 1 port. ; 20 cm.


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May 12, 2016

A short novel, which brings up many interesting questions and ideas.

Characters from a backwater Catholic church and convent in the 1950s undergo an internal alchemy, touched off by Fludd. Some of the images in this book will stay in my mind a long time (those plaster saints!).

Sep 01, 2012

Fludd is a remarkable work, rooted in the life of the 17th century alchemist Robert Fludd who shows up mysteriously as a curate in an obscure and backward English village and subtly improves the lives of the deserving while the mean-spirited get their deserved punishments, a case of modern alchemy affecting the lives of the benighted and disbelieving. Mantel is a master of character and atmosphere in this short novel.

Jun 15, 2010

Hilary Mantel has a sly sense of humour, and this book makes me laugh out loud. Her prose is also fluid and clear - an absolute pleasure to read.

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