In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people feed off the sun like plants, the young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses, and the Consensus oversees the country, 'treating' non-conformism. Information, culture, law and politics are biological functions.
But Milena is different: she is resistant to viruses and an incredible musician, one of the most extraordinary women of her age. This is her story and that of her friends, like Lucy the immortal tumour and Joseph the Postman whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Rolfa, genetically engineered as a Polar Bear, whose beautiful singing voice first awakens Milena to the power of music.
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'Angela Carter meets Derek Jarman's Jubilee in a Max Ernst landscape. Excellent' Time OutFrom the Back Cover:
In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people photosynthesise. The Consensus, a vast DNA unit, oversees the country. The young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses which control their behaviour. Nonconformism is ‘treated’. Information, culture, law and politics are now biological functions.
This is the story of Lucy, the immortal tumour, Joseph the Postman, whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Milena an incredible musician, who has a secret, lost even to herself. Milena is resistant to viruses. It will make her one of the most extraordianry women of her age. Her secret is hidden somewhere – in the Child Garden.
“Remarkable … extraordinarily grotesquely convincing”
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“Ryman describes a decayed, over-populated London of magic and squalor and high science; if you read one novel this year, it should be this one”
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“The rich texture of language and imagery are beautiful … Angela Carter meets Jarman’s ‘Jubilee’ in a Max Ernst landscape. Excellent.”
“I can’t imagine anyone not getting charmed doo-lally by this book. ”
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 44403933