Thomas the Rhymer

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I wonder if this book wasn’t actually particularly great–it was just first.

The fairy queen is sexually voracious, willing to abduct a mortal man for seven years. An ancient ballad tells a new story. A man returns home to fairyland and must come to understand the world again.

I’ve read books with all these elements in them before. But they were all published later than “Thomas the Rhymer.” Maybe that’s why I didn’t really enjoy this book. Or maybe I just didn’t get it (whatever it was).

Sometimes, I’ve found, you come to a book at the wrong time in your life. When you pick it up later, the book may prove to have in fact been a great work. It may make you happier than you could imagine. But if you happen to hit it at the wrong time…what can you do?

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