Three to See the King by Magnus Mills
A Novel

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A novel rich in comic menace from the author of The Restraint of Beasts

In a setting Samuel Beckett might have found homey lives a man in a house made of tin. He is content. The tin house is well constructed and located miles from the tin houses of his nearest neighbors. Though he seems to have escaped society, however, society finds him.

One day, a woman arrives and moves in. Soon a neighbor comes to visit, and then another. Soon, moving figures silhouette the horizon. People dismantling their tin houses and setting off to find a master builder with a revolutionary message. The gravitational pull cannot be resisted.

Nor can this novel. Part mystery, part parable, Three to See the King stalks the reader’s imagination and grows inexorably and irresistibly in the telling.

 

About Magnus Mills

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Magnus Mills is the author of The Restraint of Beasts, shortlisted for the Booker and Whitbread Prizes, All Quiet on the Orient Express, and most recently, The Scheme for Full Employment. He lives in London.
 
Published December 7, 2001 by Picador. 178 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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But his solitude is broken when a woman, Mary Petrie (who seems to know him), inexplicably moves in and starts giving orders, and when his (distant) neighbors begin visiting, then inform him of their respectful obsession with one Michael Hawkins, a recluse (and, presumably, a sage) who leads “a s...

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Three to See the King Magnus Mills 167pp, Flamingo, £9.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Magnus Mills's novels can be seen as extended riffs on Bertrand Russell's definition of work, which, in a formulation of deadpan finality as unanswerable and reductionist as Mills's own style, he described ...

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But when Michael tells his followers that plans have changed and they won't actually be living in houses of tin, all hell breaks loose and it is up to the narrator to save the day.

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