The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea
By Mark Haddon
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307275691, 80pp.)
Publication Date: April 11, 2006
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From the phenomenally bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes Mark Haddon’s first collection of poems.
That Mark Haddon’s first book after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a book of poetry may surprise his many fans; that it is also one of such virtuosity and range will not.
The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea reveals a poet of great versatility and formal talent. All the gifts so admired in Haddon’s prose are in strong evidence here – the humanity, the dark humour, and the uncanny ventriloquism – but Haddon is also a writer of considerable seriousness, lyric power, and surreal invention. This book will consolidate his reputation as one of the most imaginative writers in contemporary literature.
Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books and television screen-plays. He is the author of the bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2004. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.
Praise for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
“Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent.”
–The Boston Globe
“Moving. . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sacks’s real-life stories.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“This is an amazing novel. An amazing book.”
–The Dallas Morning News
Praise for Mark Haddon
“Mark Haddon is both clever and observant, and the effect is vastly affecting.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“A wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy.”
–Ian McEwan, author of Atonement and Saturday