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10 thoughts on “Flying to Nowhere: a Tale

  1. says:

    Rating 4.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Flying to Nowhere is a modern Gothic novel with spiritual overtones that open out a set of classic novelistic quests Set on a remote Welsh island during the Middle Ages, the tale is woven around two main charactersemdash Vane, an emissary sent by the Bishop to investigate the disappearance of a number of pilgrims to the island s miraculous well and the abbot, who dissects cadavers in a desperate attempt to find the human soul In language that oscillates between graphic and lyrical extremes, John Fuller relates the intricate thematic parallels of their quests which remain unresolved even at the end Flying to Nowhere, in which the existence of absolute truth is openly challenged, asks unanswerable questions, and encourages provocative speculation.My Review Fuller s modern Gothic novel la, it s so short is an incantation to Kalliope, a hymn to gods hanging on to existence and power just barely because of hymn singers like this doing their blessed work.I loved the idea of a book that juxtaposes ancient and modern journeys sea and dissection I felt, as each part of the book wavered into focus, the little shiver of anticipatory longing.A beautiful word bath A pleasure to read A toe curling literary satisfaction.


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    The sky is ablaze with chilly sunshine and the leaves swirl down today is just like P B Bear s windy day and it puts you in the mood for rereading a few novels from a long long time ago, which I never do The first was Wise Blood still crazy after all these years and the second was Flying to Nowhere, all of 88 pages long is it really a novel Is there such a thing as the world s tallest dwarf, or are there some questions best left unanswered This reread was just as baffling and just as stuffed full of barmey religious people as Flannery O Connor but John Fuller, being one of those poets, decorates every sentence as madly as they decorate all the cakes on the Great British Bake Off He tells a tale of a crazed abbott conducting vivisection on hapless pilgrims on a remote is there any other type Welsh island so the Bishop sends his top guy to investigate but he falls down a drain Pretty weird Onward to the third reread, Morality Play which is yet religious stuff I am seeing a pattern here.


  3. says:

    This is one of the worst books I ve read in recent memory The language was poetic to the point of feeling forced, and the jumbled plot and characters made it extremely hard to read At least it was a short one.


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    The New York Times Book Review called John Fuller s Flying to Nowhere As rich and exciting as The Name of the Rose, but deeper and disturbing I call it one weird little book The blurb on the back makes it sound like a mystery Set at an isolated monastery on an island off the coast of Wales, it follows Vane, an emissary from the bishop, who has been sent to investigate the disappearance of over twenty pilgrims who never returned from a visit to the island s miraculous well The Abbot seems remarkably unconcerned that pilgrims have vanished And, in fact, seems rather vague about whether any pilgrims ever arrived at all He doesn t really bother himself with that, you know He s too busy dissecting any cadavers that happen to come his way in an all out search for the body s seat of the human soul Has the Abbot been knocking off pilgrims in his quest for knowledge You got me.Can t say we really get an answer to that Or to much of anything Let s just say that William of Baskerville from Name of the Rose the emissary Vane ain t His method of investigation is hard to follow and his interviews with various members of the monastery are thoroughly unsatisfactory Everyone from the Abbot to the novices either refuse to answer or give answers that make very little sense and he doesn t really follow up on that As detective fiction of any sort, the book is a dismal failure and not even close to being in Eco s league Fuller seems much interested in the mystery of the human soul and investigating the boundaries between body and soul and between life and death than telling us what really happened to those pilgrims Oh, we do get an answer of sorts but not one that tells us who or what was responsible The book is much mystical than mysterious But the questions it poses aren t asked in a satisfactory or compelling manner There are no interesting or sympathetic characters to root for the most sympathetic character is Vane s horse and he doesn t last past the first few pages That s not a spoilertrust me.Over all, a disappointing book and definitely not what I expected when I read the words a vastly entertaining murder mystery on the back maybe.First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks.


  5. says:

    Incredibly fucking frustrating A Gothic horror novella woefully marketed as a medieval murder mystery There s no suspense There s no investigation, no clues, no crime, just a succession of surreal, grotesque vignettes John Fuller masterfully creates this viscerate landscape where warm damp things grow in the dark, mysterious rank liquids leak from the walls, arterial staircases wind endlessly from room to infernal room, rotten flesh bobs and bloats and writhes in bottomless wells and on wave tossed cliffs all of which is no substitute for character development or a plot A real plot Is that so hard


  6. says:

    Very odd very peculiar So dense with lyrical language it takes real effort to make it through the fairly simple plot, and while I appreciate the book s ruminations on life, death, and the separation of flesh and spirit I have trouble with any written work that sacrifices story for experimentation in how that story is told.


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    I can t even begin to say I understood everything in this book I m not even sure one is supposed to It was a beautiful and interesting story though I highly recommend it, and if you do pick it up don t look up much about it before you spend a couple hours curled up with it and a warm mug of tea.


  8. says:

    I have a sentimental attachment to this book and have read it many times, usually in the middle of the night when I m sick or can t sleep It is a dark and broody tale, a poetic meditation on the soul in the form of a gothic mystery There is a little of the conventional mystery here, but not much Its main concern is with the soul, both as spirit and as life principle, and with the transformation of life, which is to say, death Every detail matters here Sip it slowly.


  9. says:

    Hmmmno one seems to be reading John Fuller Now s your chance to change that This book is a series of dreamy, impressionistic vignettes which depict facets of life for young girls in a convent Like many of the best authors, Fuller is a poet, and this book has an enchanted lyrical quality in its texture The writing is sensual, and much better than most I value the surface texture in art, an aspect which is much important than the conceptual nature of a piece So, I wish novelists paid attention to the music of their writing This, however, is a beautiful book.


  10. says:

    A strange and wonderful wee book that would make a strange and wonderful wee film.


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Flying to Nowhere: a Tale download Flying to Nowhere: a Tale, read online Flying to Nowhere: a Tale, kindle ebook Flying to Nowhere: a Tale, Flying to Nowhere: a Tale 4daf62e415d0 John Fuller S First Novel Opens With The Arrival Of Church Agent Vane On A Remote Welsh Island Where He Is To Investigate The Disappearance Of Pilgrims Visiting Its Sacred Well While Vane Looks For Clues And Corpses The Local Abbot Seaches For The Location Of The Soul Magical And Poetic, Flying To Nowhere Awakens Our Secret Hopes And Fears And Our Need To Believe In Miracles