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Lanny by Max Porter
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, fantasy, literary-contemporary, magical-realism, reviewed

Lanny is an eccentric and charismatic little boy who has a unique connection to nature and a love for art. In an idyllic village outside London, many perceive him as an odd and unwanted enigma. But stranger still is the presence lurking in the hedgerows, the ancient elemental force known as Dead Papa Toothwort. This fascinating mythical imitation of the Green Man sees Lanny as a kindred spirit, and so he watches and schemes. His interest in Lanny escalates into a creepy and deliciously weird tale of trust, isolation, insecurity, and hypocrisy.

This beautiful and haunting fable is composed with a swift and poetic writing style. The quick snatches, the stream-of-consciousness, the domestic drama, all serve to take your breath away and leave you on the edge of your seat. Dead Papa Toothwort’s parasitic ploys unveil the not-so-flattering hearts of people at their most desperate. Ominous, inventive, mysterious, this is a story of the looming power of nature, the freedom of innocence, and asphyxiating reality.

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Reading Progress

June 2, 2019 – Started Reading
June 2, 2019 – Shelved
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: 5-star
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: magical-realism
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: literary-contemporary
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 2, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 3, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed

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