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FREE DOWNLOAD ´ The uickening Maze ´ ❰Reading❯ ➼ The uickening Maze Author Adam Foulds – Helpyouantib.co.uk Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840 The uickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare After years struggling with alcohol cr Based on reaBased on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around The uickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare After years struggling with alcohol critical neglect and depression Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum an institution run on reformist The uickening Kindle principles which would later become known as occupational therapy At the same time another poet the young Alfred Tennyson moves nearby and becomes entang. Creativity and madness are close and they may flow one into the other but at times they may be uite ruinous The uickening Maze is a brilliant analysis of human creative consciousness‘May I ask you what is your opinion of Lord Byron’s poetry’He did indeed raise both eyebrows at that blowing long cones of smoke from his nostrils He answered uite wonderfully with a revelation‘A very great deal His poetry well’ Here he perhaps decided against a critical disuisition She thought he might not think her up to it but what he said instead pleased her just as well ‘I remember when he died I was a lad I walked out into the woods full of distress at the news It was the thought of all he hadn’t yet written all bright inside him being lost for ever lowered into darkness for eternity I was most gloomy and despondent I scratched his name onto a rock a sandstone rock It must still be there I should think’Time is the greatest judge of art Some names are blown by the wind of time into oblivion like fluff And some names it carves in the rock of eternity to remain in the human memory forever

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Ned the closed world of High Beach and its various inmates the doctor his lonely daughter in love with Tennyson the brutish staff and John Clare himself are brought vividly to life Outside the walls is Nature and Clare's paradise the birds and animals the gypsies living in the forest his dream of home of redemption of escape Rapturous yet precise exuisitely written rich in character and detail this is a remarkable and deeply affecting book a visionary novel which contains a wor. When I began this book I sighed with pleasure because I knew in the first few pages that I was in the hands of a writer who knew what he was doing I could feel the competence the control of language structure and story from the start and it never flagged The uickening Maze is a novel about the people associated with a private insane asylum in 1840’s England Dr Matthew Allen the director of the asylum Hannah his teenage daughter the famous nature poet John Clare who is an inmate and Alfred Tennyson before he became Alfred Lord Tennyson Poet Laureate whose brother is being treated there too as well as Margaret who fled domestic violence and found her escape in ecstatic religion Based on historical events the novel begins in a peaceful setting Epping Forest where the doctor’s progressive ideas about the treatment of the mentally ill are helping John Clare a depressed poet who came from a peasant background Belonging nowhere he was briefly lauded and then out of fashion when allowed to leave the grounds hanging out with Roma Gypsies in the forest But the doctor’s intelligence and unflagging energy find a new target fueled by the Victorian dreams of industry Investing in a new invention with visions of getting rich he abandons the asylum to abusive underlings inveigling the Tennysons into his scheme The story kept me rapt the writing evocative The wind separated into thumps into wing beats An angel An angel there in front of her Tears fell like petals from her face It stopped in front of her Settling its wings made a chittering sound It paced back and forth a strange soft curving walk that was almost like dancing It reached out with its beautiful hands to steady itself in the mortal world teaching leaves touching branches and left stains of brightness where it touched p 126 paperback editionThe terror of risk was that while it charged Matthew Allen had him skimming into the future with a harsh exhilaration that felt like delight while it filled him at every moment with the sense of his own possibility and power if it failed if it failed all that rushing energy simply crashed like a carriage into a ditch and there was nothing there was humiliation debt imprisonment and all that he had defied would be all that there was That was the risk p 184The forest was darkening Winter was not far off The black fallen leaves plastered down by heavy rain were silvered here and there with frost The tree trunks were wet They passed the hooked blustery shine of a holly Good snail weather p 207After I finished the book I headed straight for my computer to check out the closeness to historical fact The story of John Clare is completely accurate As an aside it’s interesting that Clare who greatly influenced later poets is not in The Norton Anthology I wonder if that has to do with stigma about class or mental illnessFor a different and fascinating view of Dr Matthew Allen and his relationship with his brother have a look at this article

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The uickening MazeLed in the life and catastrophic schemes of the asylum's owner the peculiar charismatic Dr Matthew Allen For John Clare a man who had grown up steeped in the freedoms and exhilarations of nature who thought 'the edge of the world was a day's walk away' a locked door is a kind of death This intensely lyrical novel describes his vertiginous fall through hallucinatory episodes of insanity and dissolving identity towards his final madness Historically accurate but brilliantly imagi. Step away from this book Seriously just put it down and walk away Forget what you've read about its gentle lyricism or the fact it made the Booker short list Just put it down and scarper You'll thank me laterIt's not that it's badly written In fact it's uite well written although if you are judging by some reviews you'll read you might be forgiven for expecting a lot But it's not badWhat it is is pointless It's a neatly delivered pointless interlude There is no heart to the story nothing but reasonably well constructed uite poetic prose No depth no layers the vague attempts to lend vitality to his characters doesn't disguise the clichés and ultimately there is no reason to care what happens To anyoneWhat should have resonated with pathos the descent of the poet into madness is sadly a boring rather obvious walk in the forest with every aspect of the case underscored Oh look he's a poet who loves nature let's have him walk around the countryside Oh he's a bit mad he is let's have him do something a bit you know madAnd we are never given a reason to care About any of it It's a small enough book but oh the exuisite boredomLook it's a nice day out Or pissing rain whatever Anyway do yourself a favour Get out now you'll never get those two hours back