As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down. . . . A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne. . . . A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor. . . . On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.
In each of Margo Lanagan's ten extraordinary stories, human frailty is put to the test by the implacable forces of dark and light, man and beast. black juice offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all.
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Several stories feature nonhumans, from toothy “Yowlinin” that burst catastrophically from the ground, to miracle-working but utterly repulsive angels (“Earthly Uses”) and, in a tour de force exercise in narrative voice, a herd of trained elephants that sets out to rescue its beloved mahout, “Swe...| Read Full Review of Black Juice
In Lanagan's hands the implications of words and phrases, the meanings folded into them, balloon out into landscapes as complex and interrelated and hence indeterminate as life itself: life in Indonesia or New South Wales, the past or the future or anywhere.Mar 18 2006 | Read Full Review of Black Juice
But, like Bradbury, the subject matter is hardly limited to adolescence and my natural cynicism leads me to suspect that those who consider this "juvenile" fiction "safe" for younger readers probably haven't read it.| Read Full Review of Black Juice
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