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A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In Far Away, In The Ancient Empire Of Greater Fallowfields, Things Are Falling Apart The Imperial Orchestra Is Presided Over By A Conductor Who Has Never Played A Note, The Clocks Are Changed Constantly To Ensure That The Sun Always Sets At Five O Clock, And The Astronomer Royal Is Only Able To Use The Observatory Telescope When He Can Find A Sixpence To Put In Its Slot But While The Kingdom Drifts, Awaiting The Return Of The Young Emperor, Who Has Gone Abroad And Communicates Only By Penny Post, A Sinister And Unfamiliar Enemy Is Getting Closer And CloserA Cruel Bird Came To The Nest And Looked In Is Magnus Mills S Most Ambitious Work To Date A Surreal Portrait Of A World That, Although Strange And Distant, Contains Rather Too Many Similarities To Our Own For The Alien Not To Become Brilliantly Familiar And Disturbingly Close To Home It Is Comic Writing At Its Best And It Is Magnus Mills S Most Ambitious, Enjoyable And Rewarding Novel To Date


10 thoughts on “A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In

  1. says:

    Absolutely wonderful, among his very best This is one of his overtly fantastical novels, in the sense of an outlandish setting, like Three To See The King and Explorers of the New Century, but really making distinctions between degrees of realism is meaningless when it comes to Magnus Mills Whether it s a broadly realistic mundane subject such as bus drivers or high tensile fencing, or a fantasy kingdom or talking mules , everything is rendered in the same ultra stylised super mundane minimalist dry style, with no variation in tone whatsoever I can see why some people might find Mills books infuriating and often baffling, but I love everything about them the pointless arguments about petty procedural details, the deliberate banality, the repetition, the dryer than dry sense of humor, the vague hints of menace and sinister things lurking in the background This may not make them sound much fun, but I find them incredibly absorbing and easy to read.A Cruel Bird is in many ways expansive than many Mills novels, and seems to be stretching towards some kind of political metaphor, but his natural reticence keeps everything reliably vague, leaving the reader to fill in the huge blanks, and avoiding any obvious conclusions in terms of plot or theme The book revolves as usual around work and routine, building up through repetition an accumulation of tiny details that coalesce into something like a plot The Kafka parallels are prominent here with the nightmare logic of the economy and the absent emperor and unenterable pub hinting at the Castle.Mills style has been fully realised since his very first book The Restraint of Beasts , and it is in the tiny refinements of it book by book, as he obsessively chips away at his pet themes and subjects, that much of the pleasure of each new novel is derived from A Cruel Bird is simultaneously exactly the same as every other Magnus Mills novel and a considerable departure from all that has come before, if such a thing is possible, and it is brilliant.


  2. says:

    It s nonsense However this is Magnus Mills so it does all make sense A tale of empire , somewhat faded The Emperor is currently unavailable The cabinet is holding it all together if it is the time tea is served is your primary concern And there are apparently dancing girls coming Then change comes and some things are not as they seemed.I see that Mills is described as Kafkaesque sp and that seems reasonable to me I m not aware he writes like anyone else It really will not suit some people at all Others will find the narrative interesting and I will go back to reading him again definitely If I have a complaint it would be that the ending was odd but then so was quite a lot of the book And there are always the dancing girls to look forward to


  3. says:

    I do enjoy Magnus Mills, most of all The Restraint of Beasts and All Quiet on the Orient Express This is in the mold of The Field of The Cloth of Gold, filled with parody and strangeness The story is narrated by an unnamed man who has just been appointed the Principal Composer to the Imperial Court Greater Fallowfields by the strangely absent Emperor, never mind that he has no training in music He joins the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Postmaster General, the Astronomer General, the Comptroller for the Admiralty, the Surveyor of Imperial Works, the Pellitory of the Wall, and the Librarian in Chief, as the cabinet to the His Exalted Highness, the Majestic Emperor of the Realms, Dominions, Colonies and Commonwealth of Greater Fallowfield The story centres on the days leading up to the Twelve Day Feast, when it becomes evident that not all is well in the surrounding realms, as a group of traveling players bring ill rumors, and someone appears to be building a railroad headed straight for the imperial capital There is even of the usual Mills oddness which is the great attraction of his work, such as the orchestra of serfs which spends hours each day playing only the national anthem, or the stipendary sixpence each cabinet member receives once a week, but which is not accepted anywhere is the city Wonderful stuff.I do have a question though for Mr Mills, or any other readers who may have an opinion Why are there no women in the novel It must be rare for that to be the case, and looking a few the reviews here, it hasn t been mentioned.


  4. says:

    A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In is a whimsical and distinctly allegorical fable with an utterly wonderful title In places, it reminded me of the Gormenghast trilogy, Michael Frayn s The Tin Men , and Kafka s Amerika , but possessed a gentleness that none of them have The novel is set in a declining kingdom and narrated by a man who has arbitrarily been chosen as Principle Composer to the Imperial Court He has no idea of his duties, but attends cabinet meetings and does his best with good humour Meanwhile, the emperor has vanished and other kingdoms begin to encroach To me the story seemed like an allegory for either the decline of Britain as an imperial power and or for the industrial revolution s transformation of the traditional guild based manufacturing economy Whichever you prefer, it is also a nice satire on inept and outdated bureaucracy I found it a very easy read, perhaps because of its gentleness The progression of events held little threat or tension, as the narrator s perspective is so fluffy and unworried I realise this was a stylistic choice, but I generally prefer a bit darkness and bite to my satire.Nonetheless, this book definitely amused me The character names have a fantastic ring to them, for example Whimbrel, Wryneck, and Garganey In fact, that s one of the aspects that reminded me of Mervyn Peake I also loved the fact that the concert hall and home of the orchestra is referred to exclusively as the cake This results in appealing comments like, What I really wanted was to have the cake to myself.


  5. says:

    Seperti sudah saya koar koarkan di media lain, saya membeli buku ini murni karena covernya dan murah Belum pernah kenal dengan penulisnya, apalagi dengar tentang buku ini Dan ternyata cukup menyenangkan.Buku ini berkisah tentang sebuah kerajaan yang rajanya absen untuk sementara waktu Kabinet tetap bekerja, tetapi tanpa adanya raja, banyak hal menjadi salah Lalu, satu per satu rahasia terkuak, dan masalah menjadi semakin rumit.Dikisahkan dari sudut pandang seorang menteri yang, bisa saya bilang, polos Namun, rasanya kepolosan dan kenaifan itu adalah karakteristik semua orang di negeri itu, akibat dari kerajaan yang terisolasi , yang merasa diri mereka besar dan kuat, yang hidup dalam kesenangan dan ketenangan Hingga saat ada pihak luar yang masuk, mereka menyadari kekurangan diri mereka.Karena belum pernah mendengar tentang ini, saya agak sulit masuk ke dalam dunia dalam buku ini Bukan karena deskripsinya yang kurang, tetapi lebih karena pembaca diberi kesempatan untuk membayangkannya sendiri Saya tidak punya bayangan ataupun referensi sebelumnya, jadi saya masih berpikir apakah ini fantasi, sejarah, atau distopia Dan ternyata penulis punya cara sendiri untuk membangun dunia fiksi yang berbeda.Secara keseluruhan, membaca buku ini seperti sebuah perjalanan dengan kereta di malam hari, berliku, tanpa tahu sudah sampai di mana dan kapan akan tiba, kecuali ketika sudah singgah di stasiun Perjalanan yang menyenangkan, dengan humor yang polos, konflik mulai dari yang remeh sampai pelik, tapi menyimpan segudang sindiran untuk diinterpretasikan, terutama masalah politik dan sosial.


  6. says:

    Another dry, funny, wonky piece from Mills, this time set in a fictional empire, with similarities to Britain sixpence so, half crowns stiff with meaningless ritual and pomp , and a missing emporer This is my fourth Mills and all the others I gave 4stars, but I think this one came across as a little forced, or maybe I m too used to his style now and the surprises are less.


  7. says:

    Liked most things about it but definitely not the ending What exactly happened And how would that help anything Left me rather bemused.


  8. says:

    The clock struck ten, somebody opened the register The same list of the people with grand titles, but with otherwise quite indistinguishable names for the first part for sure Among them, our eyes and ears are the narrator whose name we won t learn even by following him closely He strikes as a smart person, willing to do the right thing, but for some reason not doing it Here I was taking him to be the smartest person in the room, but only until says or does something stupid or fails to perform his duties or naively expects that everything will resolve itself Don t know whether I haven t imagined all the allegories and hints towards The Great Britain Great Fallowfields with its glorious command of the sea and The USA SoC that offers wonderful technical progress, but not so much real human connection and, well, numbered streets Burocrasy settles comfortably among the members of the cabinet and rules in the name of the law and twisted logic It follows the narrator in the time of crisis to SoC If you ever had to obtain a visa travel permit, as they call it you find this small part quite amusing Oh, and let the King join the meeting A Player King, to be exact But weren t we always told that the monarchs play a mostly ceremonial role anyway And who can better play it than an actor A bit disappointing is the end, though It s almost like Magnus Mills abandoned its path, forgot all the laws of twisted logic and just run out of words At the other hand, it probably shows us that nothing really changes there might be new names or new posts, but it s same old, same old P.S I was trying to find unsuccessfully the reason for so many bird names in the text maybe you know it Though, it s quite amusing if you know French les noms d oiseau is a polite way to say insult


  9. says:

    Clever title and thesis statement to mock colonialism through a fictionalized Great Britain named Greater Fallowfields , but other than that, there were very few redeeming qualities of this one The characters are not well developed which may have been intentional, but it made for an unsatisfying reading experience nonetheless , and setting was almost nonexistent I was so very disappointed in this book, because it was hailed by critics as a Kafkaesque fairytale, and that could not be further from the truth The only feature Mills takes from Kafka is social criticism, but here we have social criticism done poorly Imagine Kafka trying to be cheerful by milking the same joke again and again and againad nauseum, and there you have A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked in I will admit that I liked Mills making fun of the pomposity of daylight savings time, and the fact that almost everything England is known for was stolen from some other culture usually a British colony , but these are hardly fresh observations I went through a great deal of trouble to get this book because it wasn t at our public library which has everything , and I had to wait for it to come all the way from England I suppose the public library was trying to protect us from it Next time I will heed their warning The only reason I finished this one so quickly is because I couldn t wait to get it over with, and because I actually bought it I wish I hadn t wasted the money.


  10. says:

    I don t quite know what to think of this At first, I was really enjoying it I loved the quirkiness, the quaintness But the further in I read, the I felt I was missing out Was it all a subtle dig at something Or not so subtle and I m just not getting it at all Why were they all named after birds Frustrating me further was the ending nothing felt resolved I came away thinking Well, that was all very nice, but what did any of it mean Where was the emperor What was the point of the players Why did Mills spend all this time getting the narrator to the City of Scoffers, to undo it all in a blink of an eye