The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains

The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains

A Tale of Travel and Darkness With Pictures of All Kinds

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman's award-winning novelette "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" -- a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and retribution"--
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780062332134
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital

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PimaLib_SamR Jun 13, 2017

This brief audio-novella, dramatized by the author and accompanied by the string quartet FourPlay, is riveting. Although I dislike the concept of revenge, this tale, laced with clues all along the way, much like a good mystery, nonetheless, held me enthralled. After my first “listening” I immediately listened again, paying more attention to the music, for I find quartets magical, and I played violin in my youth. The music leaps with the (anti)hero, creates tension, and adds to the general atmosphere of the narration. Take a listen!

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amoby
Nov 26, 2016

Great story, might be better for anyone over 10 though.

Gareth212 Aug 19, 2015

Hearing the author read this short tale is simply wonderful.

JCLChrisK Oct 27, 2014

At the back of the book, Gaiman writes about how this came to be: before it was published, it was performed, with Gaiman reading his words, FourPlay String Quartet providing soundtrack, and images painted by Eddie Campbell projected as visuals. Now it is available as a book with the visuals or an audiobook with the music. I tried to combine both, first skimming the art, then listening to the audio, then going back to the art with context and understanding. It makes for a very nice package, though if I had to recommend just one it would be the audio for the way Gaiman masterfully gives life to his text.

Really just a long short story or short novelette (the audio, with pauses for music, is 82 minutes; the book, with plentiful illustrations, is 73 pages), this is a grey, grim, atmospheric tale. To say much about the plot--even naming the category it falls into--risks spoiling the way it unfolds its secrets with perfect patience, a bit at a time. This is one not to consume so much for its morals or wisdom, or to empathize with the characters or gain insight into the human heart, but to simply take joy in magnificent storytelling. Not quite scary, not quite chilling, not quite reality, tinged with evil and regret, it is all about dwelling in the mist.

From that afterward:

"The Black Mountains are the Black Cuillins in Skye, which is known as the Winged Isle, or perhaps the Misty Isle. There is a cave there, they say, where gold is to be found, and all it will mean if you go there and take some of that gold is that you will become a little more evil . . . "

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JCLChrisK Oct 27, 2014

I am old now, or at least, I am no longer young, and everything I see reminds me of something else I've seen, such that I see nothing for the first time. . . . It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.

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