THE BALLOONIST BY MAcDONALD HARRIS

MacDonald Harris, as Philip Pullman writes in his introduction to The Balloonist, is ‘too good to be neglected’.

While the 16 novels he wrote before his death in 1993 have a wide variety of settings – ranging from film-era Hollywood to 18th-century Venice and wartime Japan – they all have in common a quite un-American stance . . . an acute sense of the ridiculousness of things’.

Perhaps it is this ironical take, viewing life slightly askance, that makes his work a somewhat sophisticated taste.
And yet Pullman also notes the simple, old-fashioned compulsiveness of his writing: one page and you’re gripped.

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