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ISBN:
1903385148
ISBN13:
978-1903385142
Author:
MacDonald Harris
Publisher:
Galileo Publishers (October 18, 2012)
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Pages:
304 pages
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1112 kb
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1700 kb
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4.4

The Carp Castle book.

The Carp Castle book. MacDonald Harris’s novel is set in the 1920s against a backdrop of airships, mysticism, erotic love and a Europe that is picking itself up after WW1. The narrative is so richly imagined that the reader cannot help but be propelled along with the extraordinary characters who make up the crew and passengers aboard the League of Nations airship. The Carp Castle was completed shortly before the author’s death in 1993 and then seems to have disappeared.

An unemployed American metaphysician, a perpetually ill English nurse, a guilt-ridden German captain-they and a handful of others are about to board an airship called The League of Nations.

Donald Heiney (/ˈhaɪni/; September 7, 1921 – July 24, 1993) was a sailor and academic as well as a prolific and inventive writer using the pseudonym of MacDonald Harris for fiction. Heiney was born in South Pasadena, California, and grew up in South Pasadena and San Gabriel. He served in the Merchant Marine and the Navy during World War II and afterward earned a . from University of Redlands.

Donald Heiney (MacDonald Harris was a pseudonym) was born in 1921 and died in 1993.

By (author) MacDonald Harris. Donald Heiney (MacDonald Harris was a pseudonym) was born in 1921 and died in 1993. He is the author of sixteen novels, including The Balloonist and Tenth. In 1982, he received the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Sciences for the sum of his work. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

MacDonald Harris's only hitherto unpublished novel is set in the 1920s against a backdrop of airships, mysticism, erotic love and a Europe that is picking itself up after WWI. A giant airship has been acquired by Moira, the mystic and clairvoyant leader of a semi-religious cult. The captain is Georg von Plautus, a Prussian WWI Zeppelin commander who harbours a terrible secret from a bombing raid over London in 1916.

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This novel is MacDonald Harris' only hitherto unpublished work. Books related to The Carp Castle. It explores the lives of the characters on board, taking the reader through a heady mix of sexual entanglements, metaphysics, and Blavatsky and d séances. Towards the end of the novel it is apparent that all of Moira’s devotees have something in common in their backgrounds.

Harris, a pseudonym for novelist Donald Heiney, weaves a magical web of words in his narrative of mysticism .

Harris, a pseudonym for novelist Donald Heiney, weaves a magical web of words in his narrative of mysticism, séances and a dirigible named The League of Nations.

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2012) A novel by MacDonald Harris. MacDonald Harris's only hitherto unpublished novel is set in the 1920s against a backdrop of airships, mysticism, erotic love and a Europe that is picking itself up after WWI. Moira and her followers have embarked on an extraordinary voyage in this airship to a place that she calls Giaconda.

Reviews:
  • Eta
Macdonald Harris' widow Ann found this 18th novel of his, "The Carp Castle," in his papers after his death in 1993 and it has been published first in England by Galileo in Cambridge and now by Overlook Press in the U.S., Both publishers have also republished (and will republish) others of his books, including his extraordinary "The Balloonist," a worthy 1977 nominee for the National Book Award.

Don was an extraordinary writer with amazing range, unafraid to tackle difficult material. He was also a meticulous researcher who almost always got it right, however arcane and complex the subject. He also avoided the genre trap, though demonstrably the route to popularity and financial reward in fiction (some writers virtually clone their earlier books and some `writing factories'--Patterson, Clancy, Ludlum--employ lesser-known writers to clone the work of their `brand'). The reading public is like the music-listening and movie-going public and lunges for the known and `famous,' however repetitive and derivative, like underfed trout. Don is not for them but is for readers who want to learn more about the world and its denizens across wide aspects of human endeavor, and who like to be captivated by brilliant and original writing.

"The Carp Castle" is enigmatic, especially the title, almost experimental in approach and subject matter, wildly imaginative. Metaphysics is not a mainstream subject but the book tackles it head on, with Harris' style of rich literary attack--rich in language, in metaphor, in sexual ambiguity and tension, in unlikely digressions, in technical, historical and geographical detail. It tells of a wealthy American widow, "Moira," who in the 1920s acquires a huge, Zeppelin-built dirigible that she names `The League of Nations' and assembles a motley crew of oddball disciples of various nationalities in her `Guild of Love' to attend her contrived, mystical public `séances' and join her on her trip to `Gioconda.' Each follower is idiosyncratic, with a history of unexpected and frequently marginal behavior; Harris captures their characters, in glorious detail, with his usual inventive skills.

The book is not an easy read, due to its dense literary content and its difficult and controversial subject matter. It works on many levels: as a history lesson, as diverting literature from a master, as an examination of metaphysical and paranormal phenomena, or as an excursion into geographies and national characteristics that, once assimilated, enlarge one's understanding of the world. It succeeds in that once the premises are accepted and the disbelief suspended it's an enjoyable read. The convoluted ending seems more like a metaphor for the incongruity, unpredictability and random insanity of life itself, via the conflicting motivations and actions of humankind, claiming the goal of peace and love while devising mayhem.

There is one disappointing facet to the Overlook production: the book was apparently not proofread and the distressing linguistic and typographic errors could have been avoided. Don was a meticulous proofreader but he did not live to undertake this essential final task.
  • Munigrinn
MacDonald Harris wrote seventeen novels. Each is a unique pleasure. Discovered among his papers, THE CARP CASTLE is a rich posthumous tale about zeppelins and theosophy, love and delusion, and more zeppelins, set in the years after the Great War. A disparate cast of characters, vividly sketched, gather aboard the airship The League of Nations. They're led by Moira, an ethereal prophetess bound for Gioconda, a land of milk and honey existing at the North Pole. Harris (pseudonym for Donald Heiney, who died in 1993) drifts lovingly from character to character, allowing us to sink into their strange interiors, to rise to the excitement of the voyage (with beautiful depictions of his cherished airships) and always keeps us firmly on course. The enterprise is strongly rooted in the zeitgeist of 1920's Europe, swept along by gusts of silliness and awe, never ponderous, lighter than air. His neglect among readers isn't too baffling: he never repeated himself, and could be counted on to strike out in startling new directions with each book. The results were pure literary treasure. Here's hoping that THE CARP CASTLE -- graced with a lovely cover printed directly on the boards -- will find an audience. My only caveat: a startling number of typos, at least in the edition I bought.