Bathing the Lion

Bathing the Lion

In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some don't.

When they wake the next day all of them know what has happened. All five were at one time "mechanics," a kind of cosmic repairman whose job is to keep order in the universe and clean up the messes made both by sentient beings and the utterly… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


The scientific fantasy element of Bathing the Lion may turn off some potential readers, and the abrupt shifts in time may discourage others. Those who persevere though will find a delightful, quirky novel that truly captures what it means to be human.

The only mystery left here is why this book was published at all.

Though short, the novel is not a breezy read; it's a quiet, character-driven musing on the value of life and death that lovers of magical realism should embrace but that readers wishing for a more cohesive story will find frustrating.


Book Details  


Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2014)

Collection: St. Martin's Press

Language: English


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