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Three to See the King
is the tale of a man who lives in a house made of tin, set in a remote corner of the world where the wind howls and the sand blows. It is a bleak landscape but, the man assures us, he is content enough. His cozy tin home shields him from the elements, requires minimal upkeep and, best of all, is located miles from his nearest neighbor. When one day a woman arrives and moves in, his life changes abruptly and irrevocably. Neighbors come calling first one, then another, then a third. Disruption turns to disturbance, disturbance to unrest, unrest to migration. Soon tin-dwelling people everywhere are dismantling their houses and heading off to seek the messiah of a revolutionary construction material, a master-builder who will show them a new way to live. Drawn by forces he cannot understand, much less resist, our hero joins the pilgrimage.
Part mystery, part fable, and a mesmerizing feat of storytelling verve, Three to See the King is Magnus Mills' sparest yet most richly ominous and hilarious book to date. Author of the much-acclaimed, Booker Prize-nominated The Restraint of Beasts, Mills explores the dark comic dimensions lurking beneath the ordinary, and spins tales that grow inexorably and irresistibly in the telling. Here is a novel that shows him at the peak of his powers.
"[A] remarkable fable packed with amusing biblical allusions and eccentric characters....Mills, who has been a finalist for England's Booker Prize, flaunts his influences (Beckett, Sartre) to delightful effect in this weird, poignant story." Publishers Weekly
"With a landscape right out of Samuel Beckett, Mills' latest offering is another tour de force of the strange....Less happens in this book than one might think possible without diminishing the impact of what may be a parable of our times or a glimpse into an alternate universe." Danise Hoover, Booklist
A novel rich in comic menace from the author of The Restraint of Beasts
In a setting Samuel Beckett might have found homey lives a man in a house made of tin. He is content. The tin house is well constructed and located miles from the tin houses of his nearest neighbors. Though he seems to have escaped society, however, society finds him.
One day, a woman arrives and moves in. Soon a neighbor comes to visit, and then another. Soon, moving figures silhouette the horizon. People dismantling their tin houses and setting off to find a master builder with a revolutionary message. The gravitational pull cannot be resisted.
Nor can this novel. Part mystery, part parable, Three to See the King stalks the readers imagination and grows inexorably and irresistibly in the telling.
About the Author
is the author of The Restraint of Beasts
, shortlisted for the Booker and Whitbread Prizes, All Quiet on the Orient Express
, and most recently, The Scheme for Full Employment
. He lives in London.