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Author: John Crowley Narrator: John Crowley Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781624608209

Publisher Description

Is there more than one history of the world?

In the 1970s, historian Pierce Moffett, newly jilted and jobless, gets off a bus in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. He has moved to the New England countryside to write a book, driven by an idea he dare not believe—that the physical laws of the universe once changed, and may change again; that before science defined the modern age, other powers, wondrous and magical, governed the universe, their lore perfected within a lost capital of hieroglyphs, wizard-kings, and fabulous monuments. Not in Egypt—but Aegypt.

The notion is not his alone. Something waits at the locked estate of historical romance author Fellowes Kraft, something for which Pierce and those near him have long sought without knowing it—a key, perhaps, to Aegypt. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss, and it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery.

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  • “A dizzying experience, achieved with unerring security of technique.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  •  “Crowley’s prose remains bright and beautiful, absolutely assured.”

    - Washington Post Book World
  • “Extraordinary storytelling…the author makes us see the mysteriousness, the ‘meaning’ in deserted summer houses along the river, in moonlight rowing excursions, in the simple change of the seasons, in summer afternoons playing croquet.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “Aegypt is a must…Crowley [is] an original moralist of the same giddy heights occupied by the likes of Thomas Mann and Robertson Davies.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “The writing here is intricate, thoughtful, allusive, and ironic. The novel’s message has genuine weight and appeal. Aegypt bears many resemblances…to Thomas Pynchon’s wonderful 1966 novel The Crying of Lot 49.”

    - USA Today
  • “Affecting, cerebral, surprising and delightful, this extraordinary philosophical romance suggests an unlikely but thriving marriage between a writer like Anne Tyler and one such as Jorge Luis Borges.”

    - Publishers Weekly


  • A 1988 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 1988 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
  • A 1988 Locus Award Nominee

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " great book but everything by John Crowley is great "

    - Frank, 4/26/2011
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    " totally worth reading. long. detailed. and worth every minute. "

    - Maggie, 11/13/2010
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    " there's more than one history of the world, pip. "

    - Matthew, 5/4/2010
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    " One word, boring! Too many ideas, no execution. "

    - Stacey, 11/17/2009
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    " An extraordinary book by a extremely talented writer. What history of the world do you believe in?....Tarot, Giordano Bruno, John Dee may figure more prominently than what you have read elsewhere.... Love & Sleep and Daemonomania complete the trilogy. "

    - Jim, 9/23/2009
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    " The first part (of four) of Crowley magnum opus, the best American novel of our time (I mean all four parts taken together, as they were meant to be). A magical, excruciatingly finely crafted work. "

    - Christopher, 7/13/2009

About the Author

John Crowley, a major voice in imaginative writing, was born in Presque Isle, Maine, in 1942. After college in Indiana he moved to New York City to make movies and found work in documentary films, an occupation he still pursues. Crowley teaches creative writing at Yale University and has published many novels, among them Engine Summer, the Ægypt quartet, and Little, Big. He is a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and in 1992 received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.