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A jewel of a fable, sparkling with wit and magic, unsettling, inspired by the Arabian Nights but with the singularity and heartrending pathos of fairy tales by Oscar Wilde.

Once upon a time in a Middle Eastern land, a fat, sweet-natured little boy grows up as the son of an important ruler. His older brother was apparently still-born and so he is the heir to his father’s kingdom. But far away from the royal palace a lonely prospector happens across a wild boy, half human, half-animal, roaming the forests. Eventually this strange child’s adventures lead him to the capital and into the path of a platoon of deserters from Napoleon's army - the flashy, ultimately dangerous, face of Enlightenment thought in this isolated kingdom – with drastic consequences.

With original poems embedded like gems in the text, this is a fable for all ages, full of shivers and delights, sadness and wonder.

Reviews

Flawed Angel is easy to read, but persists in the mind when it has been read, and asks to be thought about

A S Byatt, Guardian

A clever pastiche of an Arabian fable in which the 18th-century ruler of a Middle Eastern land reluctantly faces up to the unsuitability of his son, a fat, dreamy boy, to act as his heir...Playful yet intelligent, it's an impressive exercise in literary impersonation

Financial Times

The fabulous plot carries us along at a goodish speed and...[t]he manner of writing is sculpted, arch, luscious, mellifluous, anachronistic, and a touch wayward

Michael Glover, Independent

A beautifully textured homily on the indomitable nature of truth. As such, Fuller finally hits that elusive mark: a novel as intellectually provocative as it is emotionally beguiling

Lucy Powell, Observer

Thought-provoking, sumptuously written...a curiously beautiful and life-affirming story

Sunday Telegraph

It's reassuring to know that you can still go into a bookshop and buy something about dreams and souls without feeling embarrassed

Daily Telegraph

Playful yet intelligent, it's an impressive exercise in literary impersonation

Financial Times

A diverting romance

Daily Telegraph

A beguiling mix of singsong and sweet poetry.This book begs to be read aloud

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  • Paperback

    9780099488927

    November 15, 2006

    Vintage

    256 pages

    RRP $26.99

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