April's Reviews > The Butterfly King

The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review

it was amazing

Magic realism or magical realism: a genre where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic (often mundane) environment.

The setting is New York City--a place firmly rooted in reality but has an undeniable magic. There is dirt and cruelty and hard-scrabbling as well as lush hotels and beautiful sculptures and architecture.

These books are all about striving for better--for living and loving wholly, so the message is positive, but we also see why people must at least try for better, because there is a lot of pain and heartache out there.

Terrence is a strong and caring man, and yet ultimately unsatisfied and feels he has been kept from his full potential.

Vin Vanbly, a man who promises to make Lost Kings into Found Kings, intrigues him with his correspondence, so Terrence agrees to put himself in Vin's hands. And before they meet, he finds himself thrown into jail, for no reason but perhaps being a black man.

In the cell, Terrence meets Ghost who tempts and somewhat forces Terrance to risk it all and escape...

Thus begins the lies and often harrowing, but sometimes wonderful manipulations of a King Weekend.

There is no overt fantasy and magic in this tale. Is the tale of Lost and Found Kings reality or metaphor? Does it matter?

The magic is in the writing, which creates characters and events that are so real and moving that honest, heart-felt emotions are evoked.

Start with the first book, KING PERRY, then KING MAI. Although these books are being written going back in time, it still is better to read them in order of publication. Although I suppose it's possible to read them out of order or in reverse order... But all are worth reading. And if you're hooked by one, you will want to read the rest!

1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Butterfly King.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

Started Reading
November 21, 2014 – Shelved
November 21, 2014 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.