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The Motion of Puppets: A Novel par Keith…
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The Motion of Puppets: A Novel (édition 2016)

par Keith Donohue (Auteur)

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"In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey: of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own"--Provided by publisher.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Motion of Puppets: A Novel
Auteurs:Keith Donohue (Auteur)
Info:Picador (2016), 272 pages
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Author Keith Donohue is back with The Motion of Puppets. Here, Donohue spins a weird tale of transient souls, lost love, and - yes - puppets. When Theo and Kay, scholar and acrobat, respectively, summer in Old City Quaebec, Kay becomes enamored with a strange puppet in the window of a toy shop. One night after a performance, she walks home alone. She never arrives. Theo naturally falls under suspicion but time passes and Kay has truly vanished without a trace. The ideas behind Motion of Puppets are interesting: the idea of transience is the soul and the makeup of a person. However, there is something very expected in the narrative. The plot meanders and until the last twenty pages, nothing unexpected happens. The attempt at a weird tale doesn't quite hit its mark. Certain readers will appreciate the gently unsettling themes, but those looking for a horror book should look elsewhere. (Subject headings for this title file it under horror, which does the genre a disservice.) There's a good premise and a little twist, but nothing truly exceptional here. ( )
1 voter MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
This novel by Donohue is brilliantly done. I was immediately spellbound, and loved every single bit of this novel. It was fascinating! Being this is only my second Donohue novel, I am compelled to read all of them now. The audiobook was again narrated by Bronson Pinchot, who was exquisite at his craft.
The ending of this novel was powerful, for me. I’m going to need to go and think about this novel for a while, and everything that happened in it. Especially the ending. Meanwhile, please go here and read this much better review of this novel, instead:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2024378266?book_show_action=true&from_...

I give this novel 4.5 stars, and recommend it to everyone. Seriously, go read it. You may love it, too. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
I could have saved myself a lot of time if I had known from the start of this that 'The Motion of Puppets' was a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice.

This was a bizarre novel, Kay falls in love with a puppet standing in a closed-up Antique Doll store she passes on her way home every day. One night, returning home by herself she sees a light in the window and investigates. She awakens in the body of a puppet and must abide by the strange rules and customs of the other puppets she meets there.

Meanwhile, Kay's husband is frantic to find out where she's been. His work, a translation of a biography of a pioneering photographer, is put aside and in the face of increase suspician from the police and estrangement from old friends and colleagues, he tries to find her.

There were interesting character studies here, and a decidedly creepy aesthetic with the use of the puppets and the mythological elements. I hated the ending, however. It cut short the momentum of the story and left little room for resolution. I can handle a 'bad' or a 'sad' ending, but I need more than what Donohue was offering. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 22, 2019 |
"Had you not been born,you would not know what it is like to be alive, and without life,death is impossible to understand."

I admit I hadn't heard of Kevin Donohue before I came across this book.I didn't know he is an author of Horror books primarily.What appealed to me was the cover and the fact that I find puppets fascinating in a deliciously creepy way.I don't keep any at home,but I would read a story about them anytime.This is a haunting book,beautiful and sad.Terrifying,for some, but in a subdued,elegant manner.I'd say it is a version of Gaiman's "Coraline" for grown-ups.

The setting is contemporary Québec and our protagonists are Theo and Kay,a young artistic couple,closely bound to each other.Theo is a university professor and Kay is an acrobat in a travelling Cirque.One night,Kay simply vanishes and Theo,shuttered and terrified,begins a search for her that brings him to a world he'd never imagined possible.I cannot tell you more about the plot,because there are too many spoilers,but I can assure you that it is full of elements of magical realism,a genre that continues to fascinate me.

Theo and Kay are very sympathetic.Their relationship is tender and honest and it breaks your heart when they are separated in such a sudden way.I'd say,though,that the real stars of the book are the puppets.They are a spectacle of a cast,indeed.The Queen, the Clown,the Three Sisters,Noe and,of course, the Devil,my favourite.Along with the main narrative,we are shown snippets of the life of Eadeard Muybridge,an English photographer whose biography Theo is translating in the course of the story.

The word "Motion" isn't in the title accidentally.There are references to the early stages of motion picture and references to Aristotle's "On the Motion of Animals".However,the strongest echoes in the story come from the beautiful Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.Now,this carries certain connotations of love,loss,despair and the struggle against forces that surpass the human world in order to have a second chance with the person you love.And allow me to say that the world Kay finds herself into is worse than Hades' realm...

The writing is beautiful,both the dialogues and the descriptive parts, Donahue manages to create puppets with personalities and character development,human-like indeed.I loved the description of Theo's agony,without resorting to drama, I loved Kay's determination and ability to adapt into her new life.The descriptions of the days approaching Halloween and the decorated nightly streets of the Old Town were just chilling.Would I consider it a Horror story? It doesn't matter. "Horror" doesn't mean the same to everyone.To me,the creepy puppets are frightening,but the real "horror" of the book is the unjust ordeal the young couple has to go through.It is magical realism,a great effort to create a dark story,with beauty and sensitivity.I loved the fact that some threads were left loose.After all, I need to think from time to time and we are readers, we can make do with some open-ended questions:)

The end is....I don't know how to describe it...it left me staring into space,utterly speechless....Don't try to understand whether the story makes sense, it doesn't.It is a fairy-tale for adults, a myth of love and darkness.A nightmare where awakening isn't guaranteed.If you want a Horror novel,full of blood and guts and zombies,this isn't for you.If you're in a mood for some dark magic and a wonderful story about a deep love and a haunting parable,then you should give this book a chance.
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  AmaliaGavea | Jul 15, 2018 |
Fascinating updating of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth to present-day Quebec, New York and Vermont. A young couple, Kay and Theo are spending their summer in Quebec--Kay as an acrobat in a circus and Theo, a professor, translating a book on a pioneer photographer from French to English. Kay disappears; she is transformed into a puppet. The story recounts Theo's frantic efforts to reunite with her. I was up until the wee hours last night to see how the author resolved the story; I already knew the myth. A fantasy with maybe a bit of not too scary horror thrown in. A quick read.

Recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Jun 23, 2018 |
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"In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey: of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own"--Provided by publisher.

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