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The Marriage of Sticks (Crane's View #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,299 ratings  ·  73 reviews
After a high school reunion, a woman loses her grip on reality

Miranda marches into her high school reunion with the confidence of a professional at the top of her field. But inside she is lost, disenchanted with her career, and as alone as a person can possibly be. As a teenager in Crane’s View, she fell in love with unrepentant bad boy James Stillman, and though they neve
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Open Road Integrated Media (first published 1998)
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3 stars

Miranda Romanac learns that an old flame has died, but begins to see him on the streets. When she gets involved with another man, the range of strange events increases to the point of danger.

Carroll mixes mundane reality with a couple of very interesting supernatural premises. The first half of the book is largely realistic, though Miranda begins to experience visions and visitations as she falls in love with a married man. In the second half, the fantastic element
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Twice, this book nearly lost me. The first act culminates in a woman and her best friend attending their high school reunion and facing traumatic revelations about their old beaus. It was all brilliantly written and imagined, but I found it a little stifling too, a little too much of standard emotional drama. Then the second act takes us into a whole new chapter of the main character's life and Carroll weaves his usual magic of depicting the preoccupations and occupations of chic, hip, cultured ...more
Una volta hai detto "tutto passa". Non è vero, Hugh. Troppe cose finiscono e per quanto uno provi a spostarle e spingerle via, non è possibile. Come i ricordi. E l'amore.

Finalmente il paranormale entra a Crane's View!
Per chi non lo conosce, questo è il secondo romanzo della trilogia di Crane's View: più che trilogia, un trittico di tre romanzi che condividono la medesima ambientazione e qualche secondario personaggio.
Il primo, Ciao Pauline! si presentava clamorosamente come l'unico romanzo, o a
This was my first time reading Jonathan Carroll and though my reaction to this book was mixed I am intrigued. It was an engaging read which spend the first 2/3 of the story firmly rooted in reality and the final 1/3 a confusing supernatural muddle with a generous dash of creepy.

The first part of the story I flew through and really enjoyed despite not being crazy about the main character. This part of the book for me seemed to be a well written if at times a tad pretentious, argument for the ide
The Marriage of Sticks slides along the slipstream, as most of his works to. His writing is filled with magical imagery and moments when you can't quite figure out what's going on, but in the end it doesn't matter because Carroll can tell a great story. Carroll's works always manage to live in the ordinary world and in the magical world that lies adjacent. In The Marriage of Sticks this is quite clear as the book moves through its paces and becomes increasingly creepy and fantastical.

The main ch
Haunting, disturbing, fascinating. It starts out as a normal-seeming albeit very well-written sort of everyday fiction... but veers slowly but surely toward the strange.

I really liked the start, and I was certainly drawn in as it went along, but ultimately I just wasn't sure what the point of it all had been. The narration - and the author's level of comfort - seemed to pull back abruptly as the crux of the story arrived and I felt distanced from the characters and what was happening. I'm not co
Laurie Bridges
Apr 05, 2007 Laurie Bridges rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasy books and surrealism art
When I picked up this book I'd never read anything by Carroll before. However, I was quickly absorbed in this fantastic surrealistic journey of a couple and their fate. After reading this book I continued to read many of his other books in quick succession. His books are unlike any other fantasy books I've read, reading almost like dreams -- quirky, dark, hopeful, confused, and imaginative. Like in dreams, the settings and environments seem normal, until paranormal and fantasy-like scenes interr ...more
You know a book is good when you are unable to put it down for a full five hours. You look at the clock, it's 10:00PM; you tell yourself just one more chapter, and suddenly it's 3AM.
This particular volume is delightful blend of obscure literary references, avant-garde art, and Jonathan Carroll's nightmarish occult imagination. It details the life of a used book dealer who is unable to find love or happiness because she keeps her emotions too guarded. Beyond her personal life, she's a complete su
To moja trzecia książka tego autora. Podobnie jak w poprzednich dwóch gdzieś do połowy było normalnie, a potem zaczął się nasilać "wątek nadprzyrodzony". To nawet tak dosyć fajnie się komplikowało, ale problem w tym, że jak dla mnie to wątek ten był zbyt długi i czasem chyba zbyt zakręcony. Pierwsza część książki dotykała ciekawej tematyki, ale mnie niestety trochę ona irytowała :-) Tym nie mniej myślę, że ludzie nazbyt trzymający się realności świata powinni sobie od czasu do czasu taką bajkę p ...more
Good...far from his best. I would recommend starting with 'The Wooden Sea'....nothing else gets close to this.

This book is a contemporary surrealist fantasy. This book is about a woman confronted with her past and forced to accept responsibility for her past wrongs. This book is about love. This book is about… vampires?

While the writing was well done and at times brilliant, I found myself disturbed by the story. In the end, it left me with more questions than answers. Miranda is a thirty-three year old rare book dealer operating out of Manhattan. When she goes back to her
The second book of Crane's View Trilogy.

I am so glad that I decided joining the bookring that introduced me Jonathan Carroll. I started reading this book simply because I joined "The Wooden Sea" bookring on Bookcrossing. "The Wooden Sea" was the third book of Crane's View trilogy; the second book is "The Marriage of Sticks" which my local library had; the first book, "Kissing the Beehive", was not available at my library.

While I was googling about Crane's View trilogy, I found that this book was
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in July 2002.

The basic scenario of The Marriage of Sticks is typical, I believe, of Carroll's novels (I've only read one other, The Land of Laughs, but this is what I gather). It starts off naturalistically, but gradually strange things begin to happen. In this case, central character Miranda Romanac attends a high school reunion which is spoilt when she hears that the childhood sweetheart James Stillman she expected to see again died some years ago. Returnin
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Finalmente il paranormale entra a Crane's View!

Per chi non lo conosce, questo è il secondo romanzo della trilogia di Crane's View: più che trilogia, un trittico di tre romanzi che condividono la medesima ambientazione e qualche secondario personaggio.

Il primo, Ciao Pauline! si presentava clamorosamente come l'unico romanzo, o almeno credo, in cui non compaia alcun elemento fantastico / horror / surreale. E per questo mi aveva deluso. Ma con Il matrimonio dei fiammiferi Carrol torna alle vecchie
Author: Jonathan Carroll
Published By: Open Road
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"Marriage of Sticks" by Jonathan Carroll was a good read that really kept me interested until the end. The novel started out with a high school reunion and then it blooms out with such intriguing characters that were all so well developed only presenting great thoughts only bringing out such creativity only adding to a great read that comes out a little fantastical and
Miranda Romanae is a successful thirtysomething woman in today's modern word, yet she feels alone and adrift on the sea of her life. At her high school reunion she makes a shattering discovery that further undermines her already shaky sense of who she is and where she is going. When she meets the remarkable Hugh Oakley, her life takes a 180-degree turn for the better -- but at what price?

When they move to a house in the country to start a new life together, the reality Miranda had once known beg
The Marriage of Sticks is just classic Jonathan Carroll material. Like many of his books, this novel goes on a surrealistic journey dealing with surreal death coming back into our everyday worlds, and how that death relates with love. Not quite a huanted house story, not quite a ghost story, The Marriage of Sticks is very uniquely its own thing. In the most base synopsis, our leading lady Miranda, goes to a high-school reunion finds out something that effects her harshly. This leads her to a new ...more
I was surprisingly unimpressed with Carroll for the first time with this one. For the first half of the story, I felt that a lot hinged upon whether I I liked the main character, Miranda, or not. I really did not. But then, of course, the bottom falls out of reality and the reader is confronted with themes of loss and death. I don't mean that in a high school book report kind of way when I speak about themes. But in more of a direct, in your face, "we are now going to explore themes of loss and ...more
I found this rather disappointing. The first half of the book is rather intriguing, but the explanation, when revealed, is both bizarre and mundane. The book seems to be lacking internal logic - the explanations for the main character's actions in the first part don't seem to match her actions at all. Many of the characters seem to be lacking in reasonable motives, although there are a couple of excellent characters and the writing is rather good at points.
"The Marriage of Sticks" follows the same pattern as many other Jonathan Carroll books that I've read. We get introduced to some interesting characters, get deeply involved with them, watch as they fall in love, and then halfway through the book something fantastically terrible happens and they get the shit kicked out of them.

Whilst this seems to be quite formulaic, Carroll is such a persuasive writer that we fall for this every time.

I'm not always convinced by the denouements, and whilst this t
This is good, but I'm not sure how much I liked it. I'm not bothered by the change between the naturalistic beginning and the fantastic elements in the second half so much as something that feels like a discrepancy in characterization. I'll keep this spoiler-free, but fairly late in the book a personality trait of the main character becomes a plot point. However, based on what we've seen of her early in the book, that trait feels more of an informed attribute than actual characterization. I will ...more
This book.... I dont know what to say. Jonathan Carroll is brilliant. I cant wait to read his next book. He is quite possibly my favorite living writer. His books are so imaginative and well written. This sounds pretentious but i find myself wanting to copy lines down in a journal, intersperse them in my letters, hell, tattoo them into my arm... This guy is an incredible writer, what else can I say. I dont want to give away too much of this book, but in a nutshell, the main character is haunted ...more
Meh. Kinda simplistic writing. Unimpressed. This is the second... or maybe third, J. Carroll book I've read or tried to read... I don't think I need try anymore.
My copy is autographed by the man himself *disgustingly smug smile*

The book starts slowly. I mean so mind-numbingly slowly I lost patience with it and abandoned the whole book for months. Then I tried again. What happened surprised me. Because it wasn't so much the slowness that had deterred me as the seeming "ordinariness" of the events surrounding Miranda, even the character of Miranda herself. Yet Carroll knows how to weave in his weirdness and it quickly usurped my low expectations. It was q
John Herbert
Miranda returns to a class reunion, setting her heart on meeting her first boyfriend, James Stillman.
When she learns that he died in a car crash three years earlier, she is devastated.
Returning to New York she meets the fascinating Frances Hatch, and begins an affair with a married man.
Then she sees James Stillman waving to her from across the street. From this moment Jonathan Carroll gets up to his old tricks and takes the reader down a strange and altogether different pathway.

Although typicall
Andrew Roberts
As always, Jonathan Carroll's writing is wonderful.
The Marriage Of Sticks is no exception to that rule.
A definite "Good Read."
This is a fascinating, imaginative, and quirky story. Unfortunately the editing is not as good as it could have been. It's a difficult story to follow. I still don't understand some of what happened with the plot, but don't want to leave any spoilers. Even though there are paranormal aspects and shifting time frames, some simple editing could have fixed the confusion. Of the three Crane's View books, this one is the weakest. Jonathan Carroll is still an awesome writer and I'm going to read more ...more
Romance, ghosts, immortality, and coming to grips with who you are, were, and could be. A little thin and preachy at times, but so much better than the last three of his I've read. It's not quite five-star material, but it's pretty close.

On reading this now, I suspect that when Carroll wrote The Ghost in Love he was trying to recreate what he did here--like maybe Marriage of Sticks didn't come out exactly as he'd planned so he tried again, only to fail miserably. There's a certain irony to him t
Sashko  Liutyj
дуже сильно.
текст розкривається, ніби квітка. або парасолька - як вам більше подобається.
і потім накриває з головою.
дуже багато надриву і балансування на межі, багато простих істин, багато світла і ще більше мороку.
і знову про попередні життя.
Salvatore Pulvirenti
Rispetto a Mele Bianche il ritmo qui meno intenso all'inizio, ma comunque interessante. Per circa met del libro tutto il canovaccio costruisce la base su cui far partire tutto il fantastico che viene dopo. La voce narrante della protagonista ci accompagna in maniera leggera e piacevole.
Due sono le cose che mi hanno colpito: come tutto sia raccontato in maniera cosciente e malinconica dalla protagonista (intendo proprio il modo. E' delizioso) e la filosofia di fondo che si scopre solo nelle ulti
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Jonathan Carroll (b. 1949) is an award-winning American author of modern fantasy and slipstream novels. His debut book, The Land of Laughs (1980), tells the story of a children’s author whose imagination has left the printed page and begun to influence reality. The book introduced several hallmarks of Carroll’s writing, including talking animals and worlds that straddle the thin line between reali ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Crane's View (3 books)
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  • The Wooden Sea  (Crane's View, #3)
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