A Rich, Twisted, Gloriously Cacophonous Novel of Village Life
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A Rich, Twisted, Gloriously Cacophonous Novel of Village Life

Jonathan Player for The New York Times LANNY By Max Porter Max Porter does damaged psyche well. In his widely acclaimed 2016 debut, “ Grief Is the Thing With Feathers ” — recently brought to the stage by Enda Walsh in a production starring Cillian Murphy — a human-size crow with an outsize personality imposes himself on a grieving father and his two young sons. In Porter’s winning new novel, “Lanny,” despair and unsettling entities are again on the menu, as are hard-won grace and beauty. The setting is an English village an hour’s train ride from London. At the center of the story is the eponymous Lanny, a 5-year-old dreamer, whose infectious sweetness is matched only by his verbal precocity and otherworldly connection to nature. Around him, in close orbit, are his mother, a former actor and aspiring crime novelist; his father, an often-absent business guy; and a gruff elderly artist now living in self-imposed exile, whom the locals have none too lovingly dubbed “Mad Pete.” Under, around, above and occasionally even within these players is a troubling piece of ancient nastiness — “Lanny”’ s leafy answer to “Grief”’ s crow — who goes by the handle of […]

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