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BSFA Review: The Curator by Owen King

04/12/2023 19:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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The Curator by Owen King

(Hodder & Stoughton, 2023)

Reviewed by Phil Nicholls

In his second novel, King has created a fascinating fable that rewards close reading. The Curator has an urban setting that feels like second-world fantasy, but is presented as a fictional city on an island off Europe. King playfully nods at genre conventions by insisting that the city cannot be mapped.

The whimsically unnamed city is a mix of Dickensian London and the setting of Gormenghast, yet London is specifically mentioned, so cannot be this city. In a sense, this could be any European city of the 19th century, with grand museums, factories, rotting docks and a crowded slum district.

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