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The Porpoise

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The Porpoise by Mark Haddon
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May 12, 2020 | ISBN 9780525564409

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“Electrifying. . . . As thrilling as it is thoughtful.” —The Washington Post

“Perfect. . . . I found myself repeatedly checking the cover, making sure the book was written by a human and not an AI designed to compose the best novel this side of the 20th century.” —Randy Rosenthal, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Haddon’s writing is beautiful, almost hallucinatory at times, and his descriptions so rich and lush and specific that smells and sights and tastes and sounds . . . all but waft and dance off the page.” —The New York Times
“[A] magical journey . . . readers will not come out of it untouched.” —NPR
“Magic and myth meld in this luminous . . . retelling of the drama Pericles that resonates anew in our own divisive era.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Compulsively readable. . . . Haddon writes with wrenching beauty about how the world inflicts itself on the disadvantaged.” —Time
“A breathless, delightful, utterly absorbing read. . . . A book of thrilling, salt‑caked adventures that scintillate like sunlight on the surface of the sea.” —Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian
“A writer of acute precision. . . . [Haddon] has spun a fantastical yarn.” —The Boston Globe
“Dizzyingly original.” —The New Yorker
“Staggeringly ambitious, innovative, beautifully written. . . . The Porpoise has the pace of a really good thriller combined with a subtlety and depth that few thrillers possess.” —Pat Barker, author of The Silence of the Girls and The Ghost Road, winner of the Booker Prize
“Wondrous. . . . A transcendent, transporting experience. . . . A full-spectrum pleasure, mixing metafictional razzmatazz with pulse-racing action and a prose style to die for.” —The Observer
“Haddon deftly adapts [an] ancient myth for the 21st century to illuminate a timeless, ugly truth about how the violent appetites of men strip women of their agency.” —Esquire
“A beautifully rendered retelling.” —Financial Times
“A full-throttle blast of storytelling mastery. . . . The Porpoise is a joy to read.” —Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize
“Haddon’s glittering tapestry of a novel skilfully redeploys the structures of Pericles’ source material. . . . [He] gives voice to a character who, in Shakespeare, receives no more than a passing mention, and in doing so, shows the transcendent power of stories to heal and restore.” —The Independent
“Effortlessly inventive and absorbing.” —New Statesman
“A rollicking adventure story. . . . A stunningly effective combination of the quotidian and the mythic.” —Justine Jordan, The Guardian
“Haddon cuts down to the grittiness of humanity every time he writes. . . . A beautiful, unputdownable ancient tangle with its own sweeping tides and dangerous depths.” —Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under, finalist for the Man Booker Prize
“Beguiling. . . . An elegant homage to stories’ capacity for endless renewal, and to the ways even the oldest still surge through our lives.” —Evening Standard

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