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Hearing Trumpet
Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), the distinguished British-born Surrealist painter who made her home in Mexico City, was also a writer of extraordinary imagination and charm, and The Hearing Trumpet is perhaps her best loved book. It tells the story of 92-year-old Marian Leatherby, who is given the gift of a hearing trumpet only to discover that her family has been plotting to have her committed to an institution. But this is an institution where the buildings are shaped like birthday cakes and igloos, where the Winking Abbess and the Queen Bee reign, and where the gateway to the underworld is wide open. It is also the scene of a mysterious murder. Occult twin to Alice in Wonderland, The Hearing Trumpet is a classic of fantastic literature that has been translated and celebrated throughout the world.
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Weaponxgirl
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Well this was odd and incredibly fun for me.
Old ladies, werewolves, immoral nuns, the holy grail, cats, murder and a nuclear winter.
The author is a surrealist artist and this is important because if you want something tightly plotted then you will hate this!
But if you want a book full of dream logic, imagery and can just go with the flow then this is delightful. Lots of lines made me smirk and no it didn‘t make full sense but I loved it.

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flying_monkeys
Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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“Why should they want to hide anything from me?” I asked, thinking about Carmella‘s incurable passion for drama. “ I don‘t give them any trouble and they almost never see me.”

“You never know,” said Carmella. ”People under seventy and over seven are very unreliable if they are not cats. You can‘t be too careful...” (p. 8; Marian and her best friend, Carmella; both in their 70s)

#catsoflitsy #Olivia (named after Fringe agent, Olivia Dunham)

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Bookwomble
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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“I never eat meat as I think it is wrong to deprive animals of their life when they are so difficult to chew anyway”

Weaponxgirl I bought this book the other day. 9mo
Bookwomble @Weaponxgirl Oh, you're in for a treat! 😁 9mo
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flying_monkeys
Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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Filled with old ladies, magical realism, and laughs — so many laughs! And there are cishet women, lesbians, and a trans woman. For a story written decades ago, the diversity was a pleasant surprise. That‘s not to say it was free of problematic material, but I‘ve been told I have to make allowances for the time period in that respect. Highly recommended for those who enjoy magical realism / fabulism, and the theme of aging women.

#LitsyAtoZ 1/26

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alegx
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington

"It's not that you are dead or anything dramatic like that, it is simply that you are fading away and I can't even remember your name."

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Bookwomble
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There are plenty of endearing eccentric characters (I'm slightly in love with Carmella Velasquez!), as well as appallingly eccentric ones, waspish humour and deadly machinations. Carrington was a talented surrealist artist and it seems too easy and lazy a word to throw in, but there it is - there is defnitely a building up of surreal elements as the story progresses. I look forward to re-reading the book and unpeeling its layers.

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PagesOfKate
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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Happy Easter! I'm sick of the sight of chocolate and my feet have suffered through another year of bunny shoes but I wouldn't change a thing!
The Hearing Trumpet was my #firsttime reading Leonora Carrington. It remains one of my favourite stories - I love a myth mash-up.
#aprella @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

rubyslippersreads ❤️🐰👠 2y
Susanita Oh snap! I can eat chocolate again! Thanks for the reminder. 😀 2y
julesG Love the shoes. 2y
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Lcsmcat Bunny shoes?!?!?!? Why have I not seen these before? 2y
Reviewsbylola Those shoes are everything!!! 🐰 2y
Cinfhen THOSE SHOES💋 2y
Christine11 Those shoes are amazing! 😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this pic!!! 🐰 2y
Mdargusch Omg those shoes 😍😍😍 2y
emilyhaldi Those shoes are fabulous!👏🏻 2y
PagesOfKate Thanks @rubyslippersreads @Susanita @julesG @Lcsmcat @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen @Christine11 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi I'm a big fan of shoes that are a little quirky. You can't really wear them on a daily basis but I do love my fun holiday shoes... even if other members of the household would rather see them given to charity! 2y
DivineDiana These are spectacular! 🐰 2y
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DennisJacobRosenfeld
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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The first week of the year has been somewhat hectic, and I‘ve only had the time to read single issue comic books and poetry. Today‘s Saturday and I‘m settling in with a book given to me by a dear friend.

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Redwritinghood
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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🤔So, in this book . . . 🤔. Imagine that a surrealist painter wrote a book and you've pretty much got this book. The story revolves around an older woman who is sent to live in a home run by religious fanatics that has a history with a witch/nun. I've seen many reviews that say it highlights feminist issues, but I didn't see that. The story slows in the middle with the nun's backstory, and it really wanders off into myths and legends at the end.

[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh it bothers me when a review tells you it touches on things/issues & it doesn't. Good review 🤓 2y
Abailliekaras Love the cover though! 2y
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ReadingEnvy
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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Okay so this sounds crazy but I was browsing #Hoopla and this may need to be my next audiobook.

batsy I've been curious about Leonora Carrington and this one sounds especially good/weird. 2y
zsuzsanna_reads Levitating abbesses! 😍 2y
Redwritinghood Going to check this out on Hoopla now. Sounds weird, which I like. 2y
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ReadingEnvy @batsy I have been curious too, but until now I'd only seen short stories I think. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Redwritinghood I sometimes like weird. I'll have to try it! 2y
vivastory I really loved this book 2y
ReadingEnvy @vivastory oh good to know! 2y
Redwritinghood How are you liking this one? I'm about halfway through and I'm honestly confused about half the time. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Redwritinghood I haven't started it yet but uhoh! 2y
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FaisalJ
The Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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A humorous tale of an old lady going to a home for old ladies that is run by a fanatical doctor. Themes of establishment, religion and ritual. Story starts as a realistic fantasy but gets bogged down in the middle with the history of a nun. The last part turns completely surreal. 7/10

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ShannonOffDuty
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I never even knew surrealist painter Leonora Carrington was an author. She's definitely just as colorful and vibrant a writer as she was an artist. Really fun book this one.

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