Best Contemporary Climate Change Literary Fiction Reviewed By BookViral

"Magnus' impeccable research shines through..."

Contemporary Climate Literary Fiction

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  • Publisher: ‎ Mirasol Press (March 1, 2023)
  • Publication date: ‎ March 1, 2023
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 113 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN: ‎ 0578552574
  • Genre: Contemporary Climate Change Literary Fiction

The BookViral Review:

A strange but compelling novella, ‘Lincoln and Rachmaninoff walk into a bar: A Climate Change Novella’ unapologetically weaves past, present and future expertly around contemporary life in a fantastical and surreal fantasy, complete with long-dead ghosts, archangels, and a serious message about the treatment of our earthly home.

The tale begins with the arrival of the long-dead Abraham Lincoln and Sergei Rachmaninoff, who have been tasked by the Almighty to complete a pilgrimage along the Californian coast, using poetry and song to save the world from climate change. Their fascinating journey, and those they meet on the way – such as the pure of thought Destiny – surprisingly hangs together superbly. Despite its amalgamation of modernity and yesteryear, the narrative of Cherie Magnus works incredibly well, with an ‘American Gods’ style flow to her plot. Written in the first person, the author, in a dream, along with the two famous ghosts and Destiny, meet angels, nymphs and other fantastical creatures along the way, some of whose aim is to symbolically prevent the success of the Pilgrimage.

Magnus’ impeccable research shines through as she interlaces historical happenings and the voice of her two protagonists into her story, widening her narrative, with their 20th Century ‘coming of age’ rendering her work a truly fascinating and eye-opening read, and gives a real insight into the characters and motivations of her two historical travelling companions.

One of the loveliest aspects of the novella is the time and space Magnus gives over to the natural world as she lingers in her descriptions, creating a wonderful sense of imagery and fostering an appreciation for the earth and its plethora of beautiful and outstanding life. She pulls her reader with her into natural springs and to wander amongst the redwood trees, and ponders on their existence, creating an underlying seriousness and responsibility in her writing.

In a climactic conclusion, featuring Azrael, the Archangel of Death himself, along with an unexpectedly emotional finale, Magnus leaves her reader not only with the satisfaction of having read a fascinating and engaging story but with food for thought for the future.

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