The Palace of Curiosities – Rosie Garland
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (28 Mar 2013)
- Source: Amazon Vine
- My Rating – 4 stars
This is a promising debut novel which will appeal to fans of quirky fiction peppered with a dash of magical realism. Alternate chapters tell the stories of Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl whose lives intertwine when they both perform in Josiah Arroner’s Palace of Curiosities. Estranged from “normal” society, they share a basic human need for acceptance and love.
Their story is told in the present tense, similar to The Night Circus and like Erin Morgenstern’s debut, this will probably be a “marmite” read. There are elements of the grotesque as you might expect in a tale about those characters considered freaks by the rest of society – probably not to be recommended for those of a sensitive nature!
I really enjoyed this whimsical tale of unconventional characters set against the backdrop of a murky Victorian London. Looking forward to reading more from this author.