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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • D
  • Michel Faber
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9781335916747

D➽ [Download] ✤ D By Michel Faber ➲ – Essayreview.co.uk A stunning modernday Dickensian fable and a celebration of friendship and bravery for freethinkers everywhere

It all starts on the morning the letter D disappears from language First, it A stunning moDernDay Dickensian fable anD a celebration of frienDship anD bravery for freethinkers everywhereIt all starts on the morning the letter D Disappears from language First, it vanishes from Dhikilo’s parents’ conversation at breakfast, then from the roaD signs outsiDe anD from her school Dinners Soon the local Dentist anD the neighbor’s Dalmatian are missing, anD even the Donkey Derby has been calleD offThough she Doesn’t know why, Dhikilo is summoneD to the home of her olD history teacher Professor DoDDerfielD anD his faithful LabraDor, Nelly Robinson AnD this is where our story beginsSet between EnglanD anD the wintry lanD of Liminus, a worlD enslaveD by the monstrous Gamp anD populateD by fearsome, enchanting creatures, D A Tale of Two WorlDs is tolD with simple beauty anD warmth Its celebration of moral courage anD freethinking is a powerful reminDer of our human capacity for strength, hope anD justice.

About the Author: Michel Faber

Michel Faber born April is a Dutch writer of English language fictionFaber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands He and his parents emigrated to Australia in He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language a course involving translation a.

10 thoughts on “D

  1. says:

    A young girl wakes up to a world where the letter “D” suddenly doesn’t exist! Her journey to find out why begins after attending the funeral of her former history professor and sends her on a quest into another world - a world ruled over by a mysterious dictator called the Gamp.

    I was surprised to see Michel Faber putting out another novel seeing as he claimed that his previous one, 2014’s The Book of Strange New Things, would be his last ever. But, in the afterword, he says that he started this story 35 years ago so I guess he felt he couldn’t end his writing career without finally completing it (and publishing it, of course)?

    He also mentions his influences for the story: Dickens, Lewis’ Narnia books, James Thurber’s The Wonderful O, and the Wonderland novels. Having read D, I would say the book has more in common with Roald Dahl, Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth and Walter Moers’ The 13 and a Half Lives of Captain Bluebear - and I would also say that D unfortunately isn’t half as good as any of them!

    This is definitely a book for younger readers rather than Faber’s usual adult audience. The writing style, the child protagonist and the whimsical premise of the letter D disappearing put me in mind of Dahl’s The Witches, particularly the magical stuff that happened after the funeral. I liked most of the first act before Dhikilo, our main character, went into Liminus, the other world.

    Almost everything in Liminus though was insufferably bad! The one exception was the episode in the Bleak House, a haunted hotel that tries to drive Dhikilo and her travelling companion, Mrs Robinson the shape-shifting sphinx, insane. That was interesting.

    All the rest was awful. The story is just them meeting one group of annoying idiots after another with no consequences. Each group is defined by tediously irritating speech patterns. All don’t use the letter “D” but others talk as if they have mouths full of toffee so Dhikilo has to repeat back what they say and none of the dialogue is worthwhile.

    What makes it worse is how contrived everything is. Why the letter “D”? Just ‘cos. How does the Gamp in this world affect the “real” world (though Dhikilo’s English home town of Cawber-on-Sands isn’t real either)? No idea. Why are there so many Dickens references (Magwitches, Droods, Bleak House, Nelly/Little Nell) - what’s the relevance? No point - Faber’s just a Dickens fanboy, it seems. Why do so many people go along with this weird arbitrary rule of not using the letter “D” when no-one enforces it and there’s no consequences to using it anyway? No idea. Just because this is essentially a book for kids doesn’t mean you can cut corners with sloppy storytelling.

    The first act was decent, the Bleak House part was ok, but most of the novel is a dreary journey through the dullest, least imaginative “fantasy” landscape ever. I wouldn’t recommend D to either fantasy or Faber fans. It’s rare for a book to have its quality accurately stamped on the cover - I give D a D-grade! If you want to read something similar that’s actually good, Lewis Carroll’s Alice books are still the gold standard, closely followed by The Phantom Tollbooth and Walter Moers’ Zamonia novels.

  2. says:

    This was immensely weird and hugely enjoyable. I have no idea who we’re going to sell it to because I have no idea if it’s a kids book or an adult book, but that said, half my colleagues want to read it already based on the cover and my enthusiasm alone so perhaps it doesn’t matter all that much.
    This is the closest I’ve come, as an adult, to reading a book that feels like a fairytale I somehow missed as a child. Which, I suppose, is exactly what writers like C S Lewis managed to achieve. D is comparable to the Narnia series and, as it states, Dickens, but it’s a sort of mash between the two. It reads as a sort of modern fable - despite a very predictable layout and recognisable elements, it draws on more recent ideas of what fantasy writing can be and uses as current events to shape its villain, and as a result of that and Michel Faber’s wild imagination, feels completely original. He’s one of those writers who will do a better job at a genre he’s never written before than most authors do in the genre they’ve spent half their life writing. The one thing that puts it more seriously in the ‘children’s fiction’ category for me was the ending. It tied up very neatly and with no bloodshed - and as an adult, that was vaguely unsatisfying.

  3. says:

    I rather enjoyed this book, with it’s whimsical and adventurous nature. It borrows from a variety of children’s book tropes, a character finding themselves through adventure, a feeling of abandonment, a saving figure that propels the story onwards... and yet Faber twists them and makes them different, his own, so that you feel like you are reading something fresh and new.

    The authors voice throughout the book was a brilliant addition as well!

    At times it was difficult to read due to the loss of the letter ‘D’ but I guess that works to Faber’s purpose and really cements how terrible the world would be without them.

    There were wonderful phrases of Faber’s throughout the book that just resonates with me. Points of insightful observation that just makes the world around you that little bit clearer.

    All in all, excellent!

  4. says:

    3.5 stars. Like other reviewers, I was surprised to find that this is a children's book. Faber is so often a writer who considers the darkest realms of human nature that it was a surprise. But then again, Faber said he was quitting writing for good a few years ago, so I suppose returning with something entirely different shouldn't be so unexpected.

    I saw someone else say this is a book similar to ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND or THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and I think they're right on. (Though Faber himself credits Dickens, C.S. Lewis, and others.) It is a journey book, a story of one girl who must save the world, as these books often are. I can definitely see it as the kind of book that would work well being read aloud, especially to a classroom, for people who are willing to undergo the challenge. For most of the book, the dialogue is missing the letter D--hence the title--and it takes your brain a couple tries sometimes to figure out what the word is supposed to be.

    The D bits are enjoyable and fun, and there are some parts of the world Faber creates that are particularly sly. But despite its big imagination, in a lot of ways it is quite standard in the model of this type of story.

    I will add a note: our protagonist lives in England with white parents, but was adopted from Somaliland. Race comes up occasionally, mostly as a way in which Dhikilo understands being different. But near the very end, there are some villainous characters who refer to her with racist nicknames, one more mild but one with a more loaded history. Children may not recognize these terms as racist, but I think it's worth pointing out, or replacing for kids who may have some trauma around it.

  5. says:

    More of a children's book, but a great one!

    Thank you Random House UK for the ARC

  6. says:

    sweet, kind, clever - very much in the tradition of alice and the phantom tolbooth. i did enjoy!

    ty to the publishers and edelweiss+ for the arc <3

  7. says:

    I'm SO sad to admit I was a little disappointed with this book.
    The Author is one of my all-time favourites. I adored the Crimson Petal and the White, Under the Skin and the Book of Strange New Things. So as soon as I saw this new title was coming out I seized the chance of a review copy eagerly and excitedly.
    The cover is very tempting and having read the synopsis I thought I was going to be reading a young adult fantasy, maybe like the sublime and imaginative Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow. I was hoping for a quirky and feisty heroine like Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials, as, if an author is talented enough to qualify to compete with Philip Pullmann, or create an alternative world as engaging as Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Michel Faber undoubtedly fits the bill.
    A Tale of two Worlds, however is suitable for far younger readers, with a strong blend of The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe and a hint of the Wizard of Oz.
    Strangely although the title is clearly a nod to a Tale of two Cities the Dickensian feel is limited to the names of the places and characters which have all been adapted from names in Dickens works, with Quilps and Magwitches and even a Pumblechook.
    The storyline is a quest, undertaken by the young Heroine Dhikala, a likeable but unremarkable teenager and her travel companion a large labrador dog who is also a Sphinx. The letter D has gone missing and the unlikely pair go through a mysterious door which is a portal into another world, we are never fully told why or how this came about. They wander about in the cold a lot, meet some slightly scary creatures and attempt to restore the letter D to our world and remove a bullying dictator, The Gamp, from the alternative world .... and that's about it in a nutshell. It's a pleasant and quite fun read, I think children of around 8 to 13 will enjoy it. But I kept waiting for something deep and profound to happen, something which would make it a book that had a dual meaning apparent to adults. But it didn't.
    I would be very interested to hear what a school age child would make of this book and eagerly await further reviews, as I do wonder if I somehow missed something in the pages of this book.

  8. says:

    C. S. Lewis once said that one day we would be old enough to enjoy fairytales again, and I don't think any book embodies this better than D: A Tale of Two Worlds.

    The story follows Dhikilo a young girl living in the village of Cawder on the English South Coast. One morning she wakes up to find the letter 'D' missing from the alphabet! And she is the only one who seems to notice! Together with the help of her old history professor and his dog Mrs. Robinson (who is really a sphinx in disguise), Dhikilo will travel into a different world, ruled by a puppet dictator to save the English language.

    Reading the book, it does feel like it is more of a children's book, especially with the writing style and tone. But I think that is supposed to be the point. If you are looking for a book with incredible depth and that makes a statement then this book is not for you. This book is for making a big cup of tea and escaping this world for a while.

    Dhikilo is, to put it bluntly, quite a bland character. She is very much there to service the plot. I do like however that Faber gives her a backstory and yet does not explore it. Showing that Dhikilo is not defined by her past, she can have other adventures too. The side characters, however, are bursting with character! And help to add colour to Faber's world.

    Before reading the author's note in the end I knew instantly this is book was a love letter to Dickens and Lewis, both in the style, story, and even the feeling this book conveys. As a huge C. S. Lewis fan and someone who has read and re-read Narnia all her life, I feel like I really connected with this book, more so than a reader who didn't have any prior experience with those authors.

    One of the aspects of the book that is very C. S. Lewis is that the author is a presence in the book. The author is telling you the story and reaching out to your reaction as a reader. However, this only started to happen after about two or three chapters into the book and didn't happen often after. That did feel inconsistent but I liked what Faber was going for here.

  9. says:

    How could I not want to love something with such a beautiful cover. And I did, want to love it. There are lovely elements, the way Faber took some of Dickens's character names and made them onomatopoeia, creating new creatures and characters to reflect the sound and feeling of the word itself. I loved that the most. I enjoyed the omniscient, patriarchal narrator simply because he was so familiar from children's books gone by and his wry humour entertained me. The fairy-tale feeling overall was comforting and cleverly recreated for a contemporary audience but while I enjoyed this part, the construction of the story was a little too episodic for me which made the pace a little plodding and repetitive. I suspect that's because it's aimed at children who will only read a chapter or two at a time, or have them read to them.

    The disappearing D (or should that be isappearing ?) was a fun stylistic device but was only cursorily explained and having read utterly brilliant books (Ella Minnow Pea and A Void) based on a similar premise was a little under-developed, as was the use of Dickens as a character. The book is marketed as a celebration of Dickens on the 150th anniversary of his death but apart from Professor Dodderfield and the reuse of character names, there was little that was Dickensian about the story.

    I was also a little uncomfortable with Dhikilo's history and it's handling. Perhaps the intention was to get children reading/listening to discuss Dhikilo's circumstances to get a better understanding of what growing up can be like for someone from a refugee background. While I don't think that writers can write only about their own experience Faber writing about a young girl adopted from Somaliland during horrific conflict jarred with me on several occasions.

    The audience is very difficult to identify. 7-10 would probably be enthralled love but while Dhikilo is 13 but the story is a little young for that age and older readers may want something with a bit more depth. Adults, particularly fans of Dickens, will enjoy the wordplay and nods to his work but will be otherwise underwhelmed.

  10. says:

    eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

    I'm really not sure quite how to explain my feelings on this one. D (A Tale of Two Worlds) follows the tale of Dhikilo, a young girl who is confused when the letter D suddenly disappears from the world and no one else starts to notice, this leads to a sequence of events that ends with her going on an adventure to another world in an attempt to recover the letter D.

    I should state that when I requested this I had no idea it was a children's book, and so I really wasn't expecting what I ended up getting. I don't mind the occasional middle-grade book, and obviously it's what I read when I was a child, but it meant that I felt someone let down by this book as soon as it began, just because it wasn't quite what I was expecting. However I'll try to be as objective as possible as the actual book itself.

    The book is clearly heavily inspired by classic children's fantasy fiction. The title is a nod to Dickens, and the author also states C.S Lewis (Narnia) and L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz) as his inspiration and that's not surprising. It had that same whimsical feel of those stories and the idea of stepping into another world is a classic of the genre. I did enjoy the whimsy of it all, but I worry I'm just a little too old for it to all seem magical to me.

    I think my main issue with this book is that it has little to set it apart from its middle-grade competitors, there was nothing about it that seemed new or exciting to me. That being said it is a solid novel, with all the components you like to see in a children's fantasy story - an adventure, an animal sidekick, some made-up words, stakes that seem high but you know what you're getting, a villain who's easy to hate. I think if this is something you like then you'll probably enjoy it, but I worry that if you read this genre a lot this one might not stand out to you.

    I'm sure this will be enjoyed by its intended audience, sadly I just didn't realise that wasn't me.

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