Crown Publishers, 1993 - 440 pages
The Edgar Award-winning author of The Telling of Tales returns with a psychological thriller set in a Toronto mental hospital. Lilah Kemp, a sometime spiritualist, inadvertently lets Kurtz, the diabolical character from Conrad's Heart of Darkness out of page 92--and can't get him back in.
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The escape took place at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, where
Lilah Kemp sat reading beside the rock pool. She had not even said come forth,
but there Kurtz stood before her, framed by the woven jungle of cotton trees and
vines that passed for botanic atmosphere. "Get in," Lilah pleaded — whispering
and holding out the book. But Kurtz ignored her and stepped away. Lilah Kemp
was a spiritualist of intense but undisciplined powers. She had once brought
Teresa of ...
The main thing was that she hated Doctor Bagg, whom she dubbed Bagg the
Baleful. He had, after all, deprived her of her world of wonders. He had tried to
take away her powers. No one understands what I have in here, she said to her
kitchen one day. / am an open door through which the dead can come and go at
will. One thing was clear. After her time at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre,
Lilah Kemp could still summon forth. Her medication, however, made it more
"I've just returned from Harvard University, where I've been working these last five
years. You, of course, are Lilah Kemp. It's a pleasure to meet you." "Thank you,"
said Lilah. "I can say the same." There was a short, somewhat awkward pause, in
which Lilah forgot to invite Marlow to be seated. He said: "this is Grendel, my dog.
I'm sure you two will get along. He's not the least bit aggressive, now that he's old.
" Lilah reached down and gave the dog her hand — which he sniffed, while he ...
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - gypsysmom - LibraryThing
This is not my favourite of Findlay's books as I found it quite dark and depressing. I suppose that one should read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad before one reads this book in order to truly ... Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing
Epidemic in Toronto; Kurtz has escaped from The Heart of Darkness; Marlow must stop him before it's too late. It's hard to describe this book. It is very entertaining, yet explores somber and ... Consulter l'avis complet
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