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Not Merely Because of the Unknown That Was Stalking Toward Them

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Fiction. Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. NOT MERELY BECAUSE OF THE UNKNOWN THAT WAS STALKING TOWARD THEM is a dark re-visioning of J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy--as only Jenny Boully could have written.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Tarpaulin Sky Press
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Goose
Feb 04, 2015 Goose rated it really liked it
This book comes in at well under 100 pages, but don't be fooled by the short length. This is a dense, complicated piece. The prose is gorgeous and poetic. The story really dives into the darkness of the original Peter Pan. Lovely little piece that refuses classification.
Kendra
May 31, 2013 Kendra rated it it was amazing
I wanted to underline this entire book. The language is that beautiful.

For those of you not already familiar with Jenny Boully's take on the legend and corpus of Peter Pan: Shame. On. You. But don't worry. I'm shaming myself even as I point fingers, because this is another one of those books that I would never, ever, have given a second glance in the bookstore. If anyone had told me that I'd be reading wickedly twisted little books like this in graduate school, I'd have laughed in your face. (A
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Paula
Sep 12, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
This prose retelling of the Peter Pan tale has both an upper and a lower body, just as in the Peter Pan story, there is the underground home of the Lost Boys & the little house above ground that the boys build for Wendy. Two tellings proceed in horizontally linear fashion across the pages. The upper world and the underworld. Although both partake in a scatological re-purposing of the familiar childhood story. Boully's "story" is the psycho-sexual and concerned-with-life-and-death, real-and-m ...more
Eric Susak
Dec 04, 2012 Eric Susak rated it really liked it
What makes this book wonderful is how carefully crafted it is. Boully uses repetition and "The Home Under Ground," a parallel text to the main story, to constantly pull the reader closer and closer to tiny details about the Wendy and Peter Pan relationship.

This book is mystifying and hard to grasp because the dialogues between the characters is intimate and reliant on the plot of the Peter Pan story. However, the craft shows the purpose of the critique of that story.
Isla McKetta
May 20, 2013 Isla McKetta rated it it was amazing
What would happen if you imposed adulthood on Neverland? How would Peter, Wendy, and Tiger Lily cope with things like pregnancy, syphilis, and poop? Boully poetically re-imagines this familiar tale from the point of view of an adult. It's beautiful and mysterious and warrants read after read after read.
Fatima Reian
Mar 26, 2013 Fatima Reian rated it liked it
i'm not sure how i feel about this book, it was too whimsical, too vague, perhaps too poetic for me, there were a couple of passages that i loved, i think i might re-read it again to fully get the idea of it.
Helen McClory
Apr 12, 2012 Helen McClory rated it liked it
Chaos of colour and detail. See my review here: http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/...
Jai
Dec 20, 2011 Jai rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this ridiculously awesome book for Lantern Review: http://lanternreview.com/blog/2011/12...
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I wanted to be in love with this book. I thought it was interesting, sometimes impressive, but...I didn't really enjoy the experience of reading it. The cover art is spectacular.
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Jenny Boully is the author of four books, most recently not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them (Tarpaulin Sky Press). Her other books include The Books of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, first published by Slope Editions). Her chapbook of prose,Moveable Types, was released by Noemi Pre ...more
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