Book of Marvels

Book of Marvels

A Compendium of Everyday Things

Book - 2012
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In a series of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated writer Lorna Crozier brings her rapt attention to the small matter of household objects: everything from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zippers to the kitchen sink.

Operating as a sort of literary detective, she examines the mystery of the everyday, seeking the essence of each object. She offers tantalizing glimpses of the household's inhabitants, too, probing hearts, brains, noses, and navels. Longing, exuberance, and grief color her reflections, which at times take on the tenor of folktales or parables. Each of the short portraits in The Book of Marvels stands alone, but the connections are intricate; as in life, each object gains meaning from its juxtaposition with others. Crozier approaches her investigations with a childlike curiosity, an adult bemusement, and an unfailing sense of metaphor and mischief. With both charm and mordant wit, she animates the panoply of wonders to be found everywhere around us and inside us.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781926812755
Branch Call Number: 818.5407 CROZI
Characteristics: 131 p.


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Feb 12, 2013

This is poetry in disguise: if you like poetry you'll enjoy this book, otherwise you'll find it affected, artificial and contrived.

The author tries very hard to be funny, witty and "deep" with very limited success except for a few interesting thoughts and phrases here and there.

The whole thing -- from concept to execution -- seems forced and belaboured to me, but then again I'm not into poetry!

Dec 15, 2012

Easily the best fiction book I have read in a decade, "The Book of Marvels" provides undeniable proof of a poet's mastery of language. In about 100 short prose chapters, Canadian poet Crozier extracts magic from the most mundane objects and often leaves the reader stunned.
This 125-page book took me three days to read, after which I bought 6 copies for myself and friends. Anyone looking for an example of Crozier's skill should read the chapter "Bobby Pins", where -- in less than 150 words -- she transports the reader from the history of a banal object to an intense emotional experience.

ksoles Dec 05, 2012

The fridge, the sink, the stove. Towels, bobby pins, clothes hangers. Such everyday objects don't generally inspire a lot of deep contemplation but, in Lorna Crozier's new book, the mundane becomes poetic and meditative.

"The Book of Marvels" contains 85 prose pieces on the mysteries of the quotidian, ranging from ordinary items to less tangible features of existence such as Happiness, Heart and Darkness. Combining mischief and exuberance, longing and grief, the collection reads as a "trip into the thickness of things" and invites its audience to sit up and pay attention to all these random things.

After Crozier's book, it takes longer to navigate through any ordinary day given how much attention needs to be paid, how much marvelling needs to be done. It becomes impossible to be bored or to take anything for granted. Crozier sums up this notion in "Feet," writing: "Don’t believe they can walk on water. Convince them you are content with the modest daily miracle of walking on the earth.”

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