The Mannequin Makers

The Mannequin Makers

Craig Cliff / Feb 26, 2020
The Mannequin Makers The Mannequin Makers is at turns a gothic tale of a father s obsession a castaway story worthy of a Boy s Own adventure and a thorny remembrance of past tragedies The skin was as near white as porcel
  • Title: The Mannequin Makers
  • Author: Craig Cliff
  • ISBN: 9780857981622
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mannequin Makers is at turns a gothic tale of a father s obsession, a castaway story worthy of a Boy s Own adventure and a thorny remembrance of past tragedies The skin was as near white as porcelain, but looked as if it would give to the touch What manner of wood had he used What tools to exact such detail What paints, tints or stains to flush her with life So woThe Mannequin Makers is at turns a gothic tale of a father s obsession, a castaway story worthy of a Boy s Own adventure and a thorny remembrance of past tragedies The skin was as near white as porcelain, but looked as if it would give to the touch What manner of wood had he used What tools to exact such detail What paints, tints or stains to flush her with life So wonders the window dresser Colton Kemp when he sees the first mannequin of his new rival, a man the inhabitants of Marumaru simply call The Carpenter Rocked by the sudden death of his wife and inspired by a travelling Vaudeville company, Kemp decides to raise his children to be living mannequins What follows is a tale of art and deception, strength and folly, love and transgression, that ranges from small town New Zealand to the graving docks of the River Clyde and an inhospitable rock in the Southern Ocean to Sydney s northern beaches Along the way we meet a Prussian strongman, a family of ship s carvers with a mysterious affliction, a septuagenarian surf lifesaver and a talking figurehead named Vengeance.
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    About "Craig Cliff"

      • Craig Cliff

        Craig Cliff s debut collection of short stories, A MAN MELTING, was published in July 2010 It was named as one of the best books of 2010 by the New Zealand Listener and the Sunday Star Times, and went on to win the overall Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize According to the judges, A MAN MELTING is of the moment, and is rightly at home on a global platform Cliff is a talent to watch and set to take the literary world by storm Craig writes a column for the Dominion Post newspaper about his double life as a writer and a public servant.In 2012 he was a judge for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, became a father and put the finishing touches on his novel THE MANNEQUIN MAKERS, which was published in August 2013 According to the New Zealand Listener, it s tremendous, darkly entertaining and original from start to finish.

    674 Comments

    1. An interesting historiographic metafiction, four narrators of the same events it reminds of the great Alexandria Quartet in this respect four ways of telling a story from the colonial age, an exercise in dehumanization for art, a literary dialogue with Shakespeare, Dickens, Shaw and others I am currently translating it into Romanian, looking forward to seeing it done and published.


    2. Wow Craig Cliff very cleverly weaves two stories together in this novel of intrigue A father s grief combined with his professional jealousy leads him to submit his children to a life of isolation and lies Meanwhile his rival s story is told in a series of flashbacks and culminates in a meeting of the two families A clever and well constructed story.


    3. I am so disappointed I initially thought this novel was a fabulous historical fiction set in the Antipodes, la Oscar and Lucinda or The Luminaries But then the story began to lose momentum two thirds of the way through before falling apart completely in the final act.Ooh, but the beginning is so, so good It is New Year s Eve, 1902, in the quiet town of Marumaru, New Zealand Colton Kemp designs window displays for one of the two department stores in town Although he dedicates himself to work on h [...]


    4. Kemp s shaky hands and rough temperament were ill suited to life as a carver, but it is curious the paths a life can take, the dead ends to which ambition and rivalry can lead a man A turn of the century story about department stores and sailing set in New Zealand Yes please Cliff s debut novel is about strength and survival, performance and isolation, and art and creation.His writing is absolutely beautiful, and I was transported in a way that I haven t been in a long time, forgetting about my [...]


    5. A quirky take on the historical novel with some postmodern touches from a fellow Palmerston Northian It strains credulity, but that s fine The different narrative voices intersect well and the structure is clever This is the second work I ve read by Cliff, after his Commonwealth Prize winning collection of short stories, A Man Melting, and I look forward to reading his next work as well.


    6. Wow This was different a kind of historical novel, set in New Zealand, ranging from the late 1800s to 1970, with a hint of magical realism thrown in It s a story told through intertwining narratives, with four different points of view An original, fascinating novel.


    7. Oh my gosh, this book I enjoyed every page of it, despite the fact it s very dark and disturbing I highly recommend it



    8. Our nature lies in movement complete calm is deathNothing is so unsufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversions, without study He then feels his nothingness, his abandonment, his insufficiency, his dependence, his impotence, his emptiness Craig Cliff opens The Mannequin Makers with this dark quote a window into the darkness of the story to follow The novel is about family, deception and obsession in mid 1800s to 1920s provincial New Zealand [...]


    9. Harriet At the novel s beginning, Colton Kemp is working away, valiantly trying to turn hunks of wood into life like mannequins They are destined to be part of his display in the window of Donaldson s Department Store His workroom, though, is full of misshapen failures, but he continues to strive for perfection This is a powerful image of an artist at work When Colton s wife gives birth to twins, he finds an alternative material from which to create convincing mannequins, setting up a chilling e [...]


    10. A first novel An intriguing story, well written, I very much enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it.I look forward to his future novels.


    11. An intriguing concept, and initially gripping and well handled but unfortunately, falls spectacualrly apart about half way through.


    12. PW Starred New Zealander Cliff makes a stunning American debut with a story about obsession gone horribly wrong At the beginning of the 20th century, wood carver Colton Kemp, who lives in the small town of Marumaru and carves mannequins for store windows, has just become the widower father of twins after his wife died during childbirth Kemp is inspired by Eugen Sandow, the real life German father of modern bodybuilding, to raise his children to become mannequins to thwart his rival, known as the [...]


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