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Who was Changed and who was Dead
Who was Changed and who was Dead: A Novel | Barbara Comyns
8 posts | 14 read | 16 to read
Fiction. This is the story of the Willoweed family and the English village in which they live. It begins mid-flood, ducks swimming in the drawing-room windows, "quacking their approval" as they sail around the room. "What about my rose beds?" demands Grandmother Willoweed. Her son shouts down her ear-trumpet that the garden is submerged, dead animals everywhere, she will be lucky to get a bunch. Then the miller drowns himself...then the butcher slits his throat...and a series of gruesome deaths plagues the villagers. The newspaper asks, "Who will be smitten by this fatal madness next?" Through it all, Comyns' unique voice weaves a text as wonderful as it is horrible, as beautiful as it is cruel. Originally published in England in 1954, this "overlooked small masterpiece" is a twisted, tragicomic gem.
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quietjenn
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'tis the month of Comyns for me! A group I'm casually in on GR is reading this right now and I'm speeding through it pretty quickly. And I started the Vet's Daughter for #nyrbbookclub last night. 🙂

LeahBergen Ah, I can‘t wait to see how you like them. The Vet‘s Daughter will be my first by her. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow, I like her writing style maybe I should add it to the list. 1mo
quietjenn @Leftcoastzen I like it a lot. It reminded me a bit of a British Flannery O'Connor and it's pretty short so reads quickly. 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen I have at least two others and suspect these will make me want to get to them sooner, rather than later. 1mo
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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

Weird characters doing and thinking weird, grotesque things. Nothing to latch on to or care about for this particular reader. Bailed a fifth of the way in.

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EvieBee
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Four days late, but here's a bit of what I would like to read this month. Two library books published this year, a classic reread (Sense and Sensibility), and graphic novel reread, and a classic off my shelves that was referenced in SWIMMING LESSONS.
#aprilbookshowers #AprilTBR

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pickpick

Just finished this quirky little gem. I can't put my finger on why, but it reminded me of I Capture the Castle. Anyone read both? Does that comparison make sense?

Megabooks No. I've heard of them but haven't read. 5y
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ReadingEnvy
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I had never heard of this book but in one week it showed up along with the other Dorothy books AND was mentioned in Swimming Lessons by @Claire_Fuller_writer so I am clearly supposed to read it now.

Liberty I LOVE THIS BOOK. And her other books. She is 🔥. 5y
ReadingEnvy @Liberty She was unknown to me! The book has a pretty memorable start (not gonna lie, I took that picture in bed and fell asleep soon after!) 5y
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Tara
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Pickpick

Who doesn't love a charming tale of ergotism????

Liberty YESSSSSSSSSSS. I love her. 🤘🏻 5y
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SarahK
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It isn't the worst cover ever, but it isn't the best either.

Lindy I agree. I've seen worse. It evokes a melancholy mood for me. Does that match the story? 5y
SarahK Well a bunch of people die but it's in a more ridiculous manner than somber. 5y
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SarahK
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Pickpick

This was definitely an odd book, but I liked it. Using it for an ugly cover.

Lindy I want to see that cover! 5y
thebookmagpie I always want to do this but fail like straight away :p 5y
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