Fludd

Fludd Review

One dark and stormy night in 1956, a stranger named Fludd mysteriously turns up in the dismal village of Fetherhoughton. He is the curate sent by the bishop to assist Father Angwin-or is he?

In the most unlikely of places, a superstitious town that understands little of romance or sentimentality, where bad blood between neighbors is ancient and impenetrable, miracles begin to bloom.

No matter how copiously Father Angwin drinks while he confesses his broken faith, the level of the bottle does not drop.

Although Fludd does not appear to be eating, the food on his plate disappears.

Fludd becomes lover, gravedigger, and savior, transforming his dull office into a golden regency of decision, unashamed sensation, and unprecedented action.

Knitting together the miraculous and the mundane, the dreadful and the ludicrous, Fludd is a tale of alchemy and transformation told with astonishing art, insight, humor, and wit.

Title:Fludd
Edition Language:English

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  • Beverly

    I smiled when some characters received their comeuppance in this sweet little tale of a bishop and his modernizing push on a priest and his parishioners who don't want to be brought into the future, t...

  • Paul

    One of Hilary Mantel’s early novels; this is quite an oddity and if you have a working knowledge of the Catholic Church, very funny. It is set in northern England in the mid 1950s in a mill town on ...

  • Darwin8u

    “Not a word, not a word of love, Perhaps, she thought, he does not love in the ordinary way. God loves us, after all, He manifests it in cancer, cholera, Siamese twins. Not all forms of love are com...

  • Tiffany Reisz

    A marvelous little book. I'm so glad I read it. ...

  • Dan

    I liked the book and hope someday to read her Booker prize in paperback. But I think this was written for Believers of a particular stripe--those who object to the Church's cruelty and narrowness and ...

  • John

    Mantel won the Booker Prize a few weeks ago for her new novel, which alas sounds totally unappetizing to me. However, I decided it really was about time I read some of her work -- and Fludd was the fi...

  • Gerald

    I'm reluctant to give just four stars to a winner of the Man Booker prize, but I found Fludd murky and not nearly as captivating as the allusion to its alchemist forebear led me to expect. This novel ...

  • Pamela

    With Fludd, Mantel reveals a kinship with Muriel Spark - the ability to crawl under the skin of an isolated community (in this case an entwined collection of isolated communities) and investigate its ...

  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)

    This was a Book Club book (not my pick) and while it was perfectly readable, I didn't really get it. Too much remains unexplained at the end of the book and there are too many loose ends. Was Fludd an...

  • Keith

    A short novel of the first rank, funny and grotesque and, for me, oddly tender even at its most acerbic. I didn't see its criticisms--implicit or explicit--directed at Catholicism, specifically, so mu...