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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Branch Cabell Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on Figures of Earth: After a first round of very strong but not quite perfect auditions, I told the actors that 'the most important thing with Cabell is being able to deadpan a joke. The books are written by a Virginia Gentleman who is capable of making the dirtiest of dirty jokes with a straight face, and who is writing High Fantasy and Poetry, too.' Robert Blumenfeld captured the accent and wit of a man who corresponded with H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, and in his lifetime counted Mark Twain among his fans!

Figures of Earth, subtitled A Comedy of Appearances, follows the vicissitudes of Dom Manuel the Redeemer from his lowly swineherd origins through his unlikely elevation to the Count of Poictesme, and beyond. Published in 1921, it was the second volume of The Biography of Manuel, Cabell's great work about an imaginary land that also managed to skewer the world of his upbringing as a Southern Gentleman of Virginia, and nearly everything else, besides!

Poor Manuel starts out life as a lowly swineherd, but rises to become the famous Dom Manuel, the legendary, even mythic, hero of many of Cabell's novels. He begins, like the simpleton in Jack in the Beanstalk and other folktales, by taking literally his mother's advice to go out and make a figure in the world - and makes Figures of clay.... But Manuel turns out to be a master of guile, a trickster hero, if you will. His guiding motto is: The world wishes to be deceived.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn | 6/13/2013

    " really interesting take on high fantasy... I could see why Neil Gaiman lists this as one of his influences. Both humorous and poking fun at the genre and classically high fantastical happenings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dfordoom | 5/25/2013

    " Published in 1921. Delightfully cynical and cynically delightful, and wickedly ironic. It's about the great heroic figure Manuel the Redeemer of the mythical land of Poictesme, and the very unheroic truth about him. Very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 12/15/2012

    " Very interesting and unique. I never expected it to be so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard Scott | 8/24/2012

    " James Branch Cabell has a clean and clear style that entertains and enlivens. "

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