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February 4th, 2009

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04:30 pm - Aegypt
I am truly loving John Crowley's Aegypt, which I am listening to on audio, read by the author. I think he has a lovely intelligent and likeable voice.

The prose is very good. It's as good as the writing in that kind of book which has to survive on its style alone, because not too much happens - but this is a book with interesting content too. It also helps that it covers a lot of subjects I am interested in, and have read about before. I don't always agree with his take on these, but nevertheless, I am enjoying the ride.

I am about half way through and I will write more when I've finished it, because I get the impression that the story will take further shape as it goes.

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Date:February 4th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Is this Aegypt vol 1: The Solitudes or Aegypt: all 4 vols? If the latter, that's going to be a long listen! You won't get the full shape from the first volume. Having read the book over the course of 20 years I possibly lost the 'plot' but I remember the first book as a very lovely thing which just seemed to stop. Only later did I find out it was the first of a projected quartet.
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Date:February 4th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
It is the first one, but for some reason audible.co.uk call it 'Aegypt', so I've fallen into the habit. I understand Crowley prefers to call it The Solitudes, so I ought to use that. The other volumes aren't available in audio format I think, so I'll have to read them old-style. This volume is about 8or 9 hours long altogether. He seems to have great control over the material.

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