A prisoner sits on death row in a high-security prison. His only escape is through the words he dreams about, the world he conjures around him using the power of language. For the reality of his world is brutal and stark. He is not named, nor do we know his crime. But he listens. He listens to the story of York, the prisoner in the cell next to him who has been sentenced to death.
He hears The Lady, a mitigation specialist who is piecing together York's past. He watches as The Lady falls in love with The Priest and wonders if love is still possible in this place. He sees the corruption and the danger as the tensions in the prison build. And he waits. For even monsters have a story....
Read by Jim Frangione.
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By Mr on 10-12-14
Something of the night
What did you like best about The Enchanted? What did you like least?
There's dark, camp humour in this book. Rene Denfeld dissects human lives in clinical detail as if each were a butterfly thrust into a killing bottle and then then pinned out for display, horrifying in the beauty of demise. Jim Frangione is not quite Vincent Price but he captures the goulish spirit with his feigned deadpan reading, thrilling in the dreadful fate of each inmate who himself becomes another victim.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have made the whole book darker. This is death row as imagined not how it is. The enchanted place has an all-white flavour which isn't real. There's also a whimsical subplot around the white-haired boy which stretches credulity.
Do you think The Enchanted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
It stands on its own.
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