Jonathan Carroll

in New York City, The United States
January 26, 1949



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 reality and the surreal, a technique that has seen him compared to South American magical realists.

Outside the Dog Museum (1991) was named the best novel of the year by the British Fantasy Society, and has proven to be one of Carroll’s most popular works. Since then he has written the Crane’s View trilogy, Glass Soup (2005) and, most recently, The Ghost

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Her Maps

“Her mind was like a drawer crammed with ancient hand drawn maps, all of them full of marvels, monsters and mistakes. Much of what they depicted was wrong or ‘off’ but in the most original fascinating ways.”

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The Land of Laughs

3.90 avg rating — 5,118 ratings — published 1980 — 36 editions
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Bones of the Moon (Answered...

3.89 avg rating — 2,277 ratings — published 1987 — 21 editions
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The Wooden Sea  (Crane's Vi...

3.82 avg rating — 2,073 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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White Apples (Vincent Ettri...

3.72 avg rating — 2,216 ratings — published 2002 — 16 editions
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Sleeping in Flame (Answered...

4.05 avg rating — 1,743 ratings — published 1988 — 14 editions
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The Ghost in Love

3.48 avg rating — 1,923 ratings — published 2007 — 21 editions
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Outside the Dog Museum (Ans...

3.97 avg rating — 1,559 ratings — published 1991 — 17 editions
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The Marriage of Sticks  (Cr...

3.82 avg rating — 1,607 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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Glass Soup  (Vincent Ettric...

3.87 avg rating — 1,316 ratings — published 2005 — 11 editions
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Voice of Our Shadow

3.80 avg rating — 1,229 ratings — published 1983 — 19 editions
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More books by Jonathan Carroll…
Bones of the Moon Sleeping in Flame A Child Across the Sky Outside the Dog Museum After Silence From the Teeth of Angels
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3.94 avg rating — 8,461 ratings

Kissing the Beehive The Marriage of Sticks The Wooden Sea
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White Apples Glass Soup
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“Dogs are minor angels, and I don't mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, etcetera. If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special. If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic. But because it's "only" a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more. However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being? Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day-- we're just so used to them that we pay no attention.”
Jonathan Carroll
tags: dogs

“Real love is always chaotic. You lose control; you lose perspective. You lose the ability to protect yourself. The greater the love, the greater the chaos. It’s a given and that’s the secret.”
Jonathan Carroll, White Apples

“People who truly love us can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive us our worst sins. Rarely do you find someone capable of both.”
Jonathan Carroll


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