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The Mercury Waltz Kindle Edition
Having fled their comfortably dangerous brothel-and-theater known as the Poppy, Rupert and Istvan have traveled far to land in a city of sepia and silver, where they make new allies and settle old grudges. Ancient families clash with municipal thugs outside and inside the doors of the Mercury Theatre: the home Rupert has always longed for, with a stage created for Istvan’s wildest tales.
Kathe Koja’s compelling sequel to Under the Poppy continues the timeless love and passionate play of its heroes, who can never truly escape their past. As their lives intertwine with a young blue-eyed fortuneteller, a foxy street sharpster, and a poet from the provinces come to this city on the brink of combustion, the promise of the Poppy is played out to the tune of The Mercury Waltz.
Kathe Koja’s books include Under the Poppy, The Cipher and Skin; her young adult novels include Buddha Boy, Talk and Kissing the Bee. Her work has been honored by the ALA, the ASPCA and with the Bram Stoker Award. Her books have been published in seven languages and optioned for film. She’s a Detroit native and lives in the area with her husband, artist Rick Lieder. She also runs Loudermilk Productions, creating site-specific immersive events including performances of Faustus and her own adaptation of Under the Poppy.
- ASIN : B00HULJWOC
- Publisher : Roadswell Editions (13 January 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 2591 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
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While Decca remains at The Poppy, and with Lucy married to Pimm and settled into a theatrical life, Rupert and Istvan are on their own, at least for a short while. But they seem to draw people to them, people who become family. Into their sphere they welcome Tilde, a maid-servant devoted to Rupert's happiness, Haden St. Mary, a pimp and a spy, and Seraphim, a critic with more than his share of secrets. In this new town, the pair have opened a theater of their own -- The Mercury -- and their plays tweak the noses of local authority and cause scandal to the moralists of the town. Rupert and Istvan are older, but not necessarily wiser, at least about their relationship with each other, and yet their love for one another is the single enduring thing about their world. Even when that love is tested by a figure from their past.
Relationships are reiterated, forming and reforming in different configurations. Themes dear to the heart of fin de siècle authors -- the vigor and strength of the new, the decadence and failure of the old -- make the story richer and deeper. As with "Under the Poppy" Koja's prose is elegant and difficult. It requires your attention and rewards that attention with gorgeous, sometimes dizzying passages that flow like a vast river. And if you haven't yet read Poppy, I urge you to do so before tackling "The Mercury Waltz" because it may stand on its own, but it is far richer for familiarity with its prequel.
If you love the fin de siècle, as I do, if you enjoy a writing style that makes demands on you, and if you want a story of love that isn't simple or saccharine, then I recommend both "The Mercury Waltz" and its prequel, "Under the Poppy."
Koja continues the story of Rupert and Istvan, puppeteers, who seem to have found a home here in the Mercury. Here Istvan's wonderful and daring tales can be presented on the stage and here Rupert can feel settled. Or can he? There is danger--the local government sees them and their work as immoral--is it? What will happen with the powers of the conventional and the safe confront those who are not safe or conventional, and all too risky, but are the more human?
At the heart of htis tale is the ongoing love story of Rupert and Istvan and of those around them--finding love, and sometimes losing it. Those who loved Under the Poppy will not be disappointed.