by Andrew Nicoll
The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll
rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Good Mayor was recommended by a friend who wasn't sure quite what to make of it, but was fairly sure she liked it, even maybe loved it. So I took it home and started to read and was about a quarter the way through when I realised that i was hooked, but on what? The story, the characters, the imaginative wordplay, the twist of fantasy with reality, magic with emotion, love with hate...
Half way through the book I wanted to make sweet love and eat a sumptious meal - not in any particular order, possibly at the same time. The descriptions are detailed yet not overdone. The "narrator" humourous and observant yet not intrusive.
Three quarters the way through, names like Dot and Dash and Ampersand made perfect sense, and stregas were clearly the font of all wisdom in the matters of love and sensibility.
By the end of The Good Mayor, I knew I would need to think on this one a few days more before i could chat with my friend about it, and understood that bits of it were going to come floating to the surface to remember, test out and ponder even further.
My recommendation is - Read it. Let the words soak in, taste them, feel them in your mouth then get comfy and let the story wash over you. Trust me on this, I am a strega from a long line of stregas....
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