Emberton

Emberton Lance Blunt despite the best efforts of his parents and teachers has never been able to read Even if he stares at a word until his corneas bleed the letters remain indecipherable rubble When an ano

  • Title: Emberton
  • Author: Peter Norman
  • ISBN: 9781553655541
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lance Blunt, despite the best efforts of his parents and teachers, has never been able to read Even if he stares at a word until his corneas bleed, the letters remain indecipherable rubble When an anonymous postcard offers him a job at Emberton Dictionary and suggests that there he will find the resolution to his particular difficulty, he goes for an interview, hopingLance Blunt, despite the best efforts of his parents and teachers, has never been able to read Even if he stares at a word until his corneas bleed, the letters remain indecipherable rubble When an anonymous postcard offers him a job at Emberton Dictionary and suggests that there he will find the resolution to his particular difficulty, he goes for an interview, hoping that someone at this prestigious repository of words can finally teach him Behind the revolving doors of the Emberton Tower, Lance finds only mysteries, like the pretty young etymologist who works there one day and is gone the next, and the company s private hospital hidden behind frosted glass on the third floor, not to mention what is possibly the world s worst company cafeteria With the fate of human language itself at stake, Lance must confront what is hidden in the Tower and discover the cost of harnessing the power of words.Emberton is a literary gothic novel aimed at lovers of books and language who also appreciate a dose of genre and a dash of humour From satire of a doldrum workplace to horror tinged mystery, in Emberton Peter Norman creates a world in which it is dangerous to be curious.

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    1 thought on “Emberton”

    1. A truly unusual book. The author is a poet and the prologue shows strong signs of that - the writing is lyrical and evocative. Then it becomes a very straightforward (at least in terms of prose) story, although with a healthy dollop of magic realism. A little uneven and a few rather heavy-handed attempts at 'quirky' characters but interesting and I would certain read another by Peter Norman.

    2. I stumbled across this book quite by accident - it was the cover that drew me to it when I saw it lying on a table in my local bookstore and as soon as I read the description on the back, I knew I had to read it. The premise of the book is pretty simple - if not a little crazy. A man, Lance Blunt, who has been unable to read his entire life (and not for want of trying) gets a job in the marketing department of the world's most famous dictionary. He got this job because he received a mysterious p [...]

    3. Is this a serious first novel exploring the power of language or simply a horror story? Yes. The book begins slowly, doubtless frustrating those readers whose sense of dramatic time comes from theatrical movies which establish, complicate and resolve, all in ninety minutes. It doesn't get much faster near the end. The language used tends to be delicious, evocative, surprising, and witty, perhaps because the author was first a poet. It is apparent that there are "spots" in which he indulged the M [...]

    4. Quick review originally posted 18 September 2014 on Falling Letters.I finished this book just before I left for Japan (end of July). I started to outline a review because I really enjoyed this book and I think it could use a signal boost, but I ran out of time!Although this looks like a full review, it's really just a bits and pieces oneI had all the formatting done before I left Japan, though, so I've left it in :PI loved the noir atmosphere of this book, even if it got a bit twisted towards th [...]

    5. I enjoyed the last half of this novel more than the first half. It seemed very draggy about the middle when Lance is still just keeping up appearances at the office without having experienced the ability to read. There are interesting twists nearer to the end of the book, but I felt that old man Emberton's character was inconsistent. In one scene he is hitting Lance and pushing him into a molten lake and in another he leaves Lance unscathed and deliberately falls into the lake himself. I thought [...]

    6. An Addictive story, but a little bulk in some places and not well explained in others. Over all a fun read.

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