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Time's Fool: A Tale in Verse

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Time's Fool tells the tale of Edmund Lea, a young man condemned to eternity alone until he determines how to lift the curse upon him. Edmund perpetually rides a phantom train -- except on Christmas Eve every seven years, when he is allowed to revisit his English hometown. He tries to break the spell by way of love, repentance, and death -- all in vain. Time passes, from 19 ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Mariner Books (first published 2000)
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Jun 07, 2012 Gretchen rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book especially because it is unusually written. It is written in verse so it's like a long poem, and it there are some turns of phrases that are really lovely. At times, this mode of writing can make it difficult to understand a paragraph but everything becomes clear eventually, and you get the jist of it. But overall, I think it's a really interesting to read. The novel is about a 17 yr old guy named Edmund Lea who, due to events that become clearer as the book goes on, becomes ...more
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Feb 09, 2013 Liam Guilar rated it really liked it
Entertaining, and enjoyable: a tale in verse well worth the reading. I was slowing down towards the end to avoid finishing. Then I realised I was also avoiding the end because I expected it to be an anti climax. A skilled writer builds mystery and tension, it takes a genius to resolve them. I'm not sure Maxwell did.

So five stars for all that, and the fact it's written in Terza RIma, which is impressive.
But then deduct something:
1) for the feeling of padding, which is probably a consequence of
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Aug 17, 2009 Megan Snyder-camp rated it really liked it
Shelves: mostly-read
funny and incredible use of terza rima, but then 3/4ths of the way through i hit a wall-too repetitive, or too ambitious of a dream sequence..
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Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has also written novels, opera libretti, screenplay and criticism.

His nine volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was one of the original ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1993, along with Simon Armitage,
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