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'That Very Mab'   By: (1861-)

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In May Kendall's exquisite novel, readers are transported to a world of whimsy and wonder. Set against a backdrop of an ordinary English village, "That Very Mab" is a tale that juxtaposes the mundane with the extraordinary.

Kendall's distinctive style engulfs the reader from the very start, drawing us into the enchanting world of faeries and other mythical creatures. Her prose is imbued with a lyrical quality, evoking a sense of nostalgia that lingers long after the final page is turned. The author's rich descriptions bring forth vivid imagery that captivates the imagination, allowing us to visualize the ethereal beings that populate the story.

At the heart of "That Very Mab" lies a cast of characters that are intricately woven into the fabric of the plot. Each character, whether human or mythical, is fully developed with their own quirks and emotions, making it easy to connect and empathize with their journey. The interactions and relationships amongst the characters are natural and authentic, adding depth to their individual arcs.

The narrative itself is skillfully crafted, effortlessly blending elements of magical realism with social commentary. It delves into themes of societal norms, gender roles, and the power of imagination—a poignant exploration of the boundaries that restrict our lives and the courage needed to break free from them. Kendall's clever storytelling gives an edge to these topics, providing the audience with ample food for thought without sacrificing the sense of escapism the novel offers.

While the plot unfolds at a leisurely pace, it is never dull. Rather, it allows for full immersion into the world Kendall has created—a world that continually reveals hidden layers and unexpected twists. This deliberate pacing only enhances the sense of anticipation and heightens the impact of the climactic moments scattered through the narrative.

"That Very Mab" is a delightful reading experience that seamlessly blends the ordinary and the magical. Kendall's masterful writing transports readers on an enchanting journey, encouraging them to question the norms of their own reality. With its mesmerizing prose and thought-provoking themes, this is a book that will linger in the mind long after the final page. It is indeed a testament to May Kendall's literary prowess and her ability to craft a story that leaves an indelible mark on its readers.

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'THAT VERY MAB'

By May Kendall and Andrew Lang

'Ah! now I see Queen Mab has been with you'

LONDON

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

1885

CONTENTS.

I. UNDER TWO FLAGS II. DISILLUSIONS III. THE ORIGIN OF RELIGION IV. THE POET AND THE PALÆONTOTHEOLOGIST V. ST. GEORGE FOR MERRY ENGLAND VI. JUSTICE AND THE NEW DEMOCRACY VII. MACHINERY AND THE SUCCESSFUL MERCHANT VIII. THE BEAUTIFUL IX. IN WHICH THE NIHILIST, THE DEMOCRAT, AND THE PROFESSOR OFFER A SUGGESTION TO THE BISHOP X. THE SUBSEQUENT CAREER OF THE NIHILIST XI. HOME AND FOREIGN POLICY COMBINED XII. THE DELUGE

'THAT VERY MAB'

CHAPTER I. UNDER TWO FLAGS.

'You send out teachers of religion to undermine and ruin the people.' Black Flag Proclamation to the French, 1883.

The moonlight, in wave on wave of silver, flooded all the Sacred Island. Far away and faint ran the line of the crests of Samoa, like the hills of heaven in the old ballad, or a scene in the Italian opera. Then came a voice from the Calling Place, and the smooth sea thrilled, and all the fishes leaped, and the Sacred Isle itself was moved, and shuddered to its inmost heart. Again and again came the voice, and now it rose and fell in the cadences of a magical song (or Karakia , if we must have local colour), and the words were not of this world... Continue reading book >>




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