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In and Down Paperback – Sep 15 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brindle & Glass; First edition (Sept. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897142269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897142264
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,005,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Canadian editor (ChiZine) and novelist (The Distance Traveled) Savory employs a library's worth of borrowings in this disjointed novel of psychological horror. The quiet small-town atmosphere overtaken by a surreal carnival is straight from Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, with the green-suited Hob standing in for Mr. Dark. Eleven-year-old Michael's journey through the Freekshow's multi-level dreamscape reads like a D&D dungeon crawl set in a Sam Raimi version of Willy Wonka's candy factory. His older brother Stephen, who saves him from drowning and then cheerfully plies him with poison, is likewise more archetype than character, and scraps of oblique letters from their long-missing mother litter the narrative like so many plot coupons. A final 180-degree twist confuses far more than it enlightens, drastically altering the story's context with little warning. Savory's prose is smooth, but neither the ingredients nor the execution can lift this volume above the ordinary.
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Compulsively readable, it defies expectations even while seeming to embrace them. The book’s final revelations are breathtaking. —Quill & Quire


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christie Harkin on Sept. 6 2007
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In and Down is a marvellously complex work that deserves multiple readings in order to be fully appreciated. It explores and interweaves a number of archetypal conflicts and themes including relationships between brothers, between fathers and sons, and between sons and mothers. One young boy's struggle with these relationships, his own sense of mortality, feelings of rejection, and yearning for inclusion and love take him into mystifying and horrific corners of his own subconscious where he must also face questions about the identities of everyone around him - including his own.
Savory's writing is beautiful and authentic - a real accomplishment considering the frighteningly bizarre world that he has created inside young Michael's head.
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