The Enchanted

The Enchanted

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King. "This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life. Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2014.
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Mar 19, 2019

Strange book.

Jan 03, 2019

Simply breathtaking! This is writing of a caliber that causes me to wonder if I ought to presume to ever write anything at all.
We are on Death Row. Conditions in this aging prison could best be classed as sub-human — and frighteningly realistic. Rene Denfeld has walked these corridors and knows whereof she speaks. In this horrendous setting, she accomplishes something quite extraordinary: out of a desperately grim story featuring deeply disturbed and damaged people she creates something truly luminous.
Midway through the novel, I was struck with an inspiration: I put Dawn Upshaw's miraculous recording of Henryk Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" on the player and immersed myself in its dark aura, so perfectly in keeping with Denfeld's prose.
This book has gotten my year of reading off to a wonderful five-star beginning!

Jun 11, 2018

At once beautiful and horrifying, absorbing and disturbing. This isn't an enjoyable read but one that really stirs up feelings and questions.

May 07, 2017

Amazing! A dark story of beauty and hope, told from the most dismal and corrupt of places, with people who've suffered the ugliest and cruelest of backgrounds.
Two people, similar backgrounds, different futures. What decides our futures?
This is a beautifully told story. There's pain throughout, yet it's a story of hope, too. And peace. There's peace in this story.

Death Row....not a place that would inspire such a lovely story, yet here it is.

Apr 22, 2017

Haunting, intense, & dark. The writing is strong and I thought the ending was very well done.

Mar 26, 2017

Denfeld’s writing is lyrically exquisite, full of poetic imagery, and jarringly juxtaposed to the horrors of life on prison’s death row. I stand in awe of this writer’s gift to create a compassionate and triumphant story as it explores the darkness of mental illness and the soul-crushing environment of the enchanted prison. Not for the faint of heart, yet full of heart feints.

Oct 03, 2016

Excellently written. I no longer think about prisoners as deserving of being treated inhumanly and disrespectfully. That surprised me.It changed me.

Aug 28, 2016

This is one of those books that I found I couldn't put down until I finished it. Very well written and had a lyrical quality to it. Definitely a fresher perspective than most novels.

Haunting, lyrical, and original. What a beautifully written, emotionally stunning story. Easily one of my favorite books, though the subject matter isn't for the faint of heart. Above all, a story of loneliness, isolation, and empathy.

Sep 02, 2015

One of my favorite books. Magical, perfect, sad, hopeful, humane. I've read it twice already.

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Mar 24, 2018

"Men who have not been violated don’t understand what it is like to have the edges of your body blurred—to feel that every inch of your skin is a place where fingers can press, that every hole and orifice is a place where others can put parts of their bodies. When your body stops being corporeal, your soul has no place to go, so it finds the next window to escape."

Mar 24, 2018

"Even monsters need peace. Even monsters need a person who truly wants to listen--to hear--so that someday we might find the words that are more than boxes. Then maybe we can stop men like me from happening."

Mar 24, 2018

"Ideas are powerful things; we should take more care with them. I know there are some who would disagree - those who think ideas are like food they can taste and spit out if they don't like it. But ideas are stronger than that. You can get a taste of an idea inside you, and the next thing you know, it won't leave. Until you do something about it."

Mar 24, 2018

"They can keep men in here, under lock and key, deep in the dungeon until the final moments of their lives, so that men like York and me will never taste the rain. But they cannot keep us from passing our condensation on to the sky. They cannot keep us from raining down in China."

Mar 24, 2018

"Back so long ago, when they built this enchanted place, they killed men in three ways: They waited for them to die, they worked them to death, and they hanged them.

Not much has changed. Instead of working men to death, there is a slow starvation of the body and soul. And instead of rope, they use a machine."

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