The Fountains of Neptune by Rikki Ducornet
A lyrical exploration of memory and imagination. "My sleep began in the spring of 1914. I slept through both World Wars and the tainted calm between. It was as if I had been cursed by an evil fairy, pricked by an enchanted spinning wheel; an impenetrable briar had gripped my mind." Thus begins Rikki Ducornet's brilliant lyric novel about Nicolas who, as a result of witnessing his mother's murder, falls into a decades-long coma. Awakened in a seaport town in France, he reconstructs his past through story-telling and myth, resulting in an astonishing exploration of memory and imagination.
The 1779th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 35th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)