The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things

The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things


In a chain of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated author Lorna Crozier brings her rapt recognition to the small subject of family gadgets: every little thing from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zips to the kitchen sink.

Operating as a type of literary detective, she examines the secret of the typical, looking the essence of every item. She bargains tantalizing glimpses of the household's population, too, probing hearts, brains, noses, and navels. Longing, exuberance, and grief colour her reflections, which every now and then tackle the tenor of folktales or parables. all of the brief pictures in The publication of Marvels stands on my own, however the connections are complicated; as in existence, each one item earnings which means from its juxtaposition with others. Crozier methods her investigations with a childlike interest, an grownup bemusement, and an unfailing experience of metaphor and mischief. With either attraction and mordant wit, she animates the panoply of wonders to be stumbled on in all places round us and within us.

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