Castor Jenkins is a Welshman who tells stories that may (or may not) be true...but no matter how fantastic, who can prove they never happened? In the tradition of Lord Dunsany's ʺThe Travel Tales of Mr. Joseph Jorkensʺ and Arthur C. Clarke's ʺTales of the White Hart,ʺ here is a collection of club stories full of wonder and marvels, as only Rhys Hughes could have told them!...
|Title||:||The Truth Spinner|
|Number of Pages||:||260 Pages|
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The Truth Spinner Reviews
These stories contain a pinch of Borges, a pinch of Calvino, a pinch of Baron Munchausen, and a huge helping of Hughes -- they are brilliant and rigorously silly. Some have plotlines like fractal shaggy dog stories, some like jokes whose punchlines have been chopped off with pruning shears, some actually not like that at all. Castor Jenkins can't bleed anything but ink, and yet the stories of his adventures somehow seem more than just the rustlings of paper.
Kurt Vonnegut once said, “All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.” In this regard, Vonnegut and Welsh author Rhys Hughes are cut from the same cloth. Like Vonnegut, Hughes is a truth spinner. His stories are fanciful and fun, and often his greatest lies reveal the deepest truths. Like its earlier incarnation, The Postmodern Mariner, Hughes’ The Truth Spinner is a collection of well told truths disguised as brazenly flamboyant lies. In the author’s own words:The worst kind of fib is the true one, especially if it’s true only because the teller is unaware of its truth; the second worst kind is the one where both fibber and believer are in collusion. That kind has a name. Fiction.The Truth Spinner might be fabulous fib. It might be fanciful fact. That is the pleasure and the wonder of Hughesian magic.According to his bio, Hughes is “known for his original ideas, intricate plots and entertaining wordplay.” Each of these is clearly on display in The Truth Spinner. Part one, ‘The Munchausen of Porthcawl’ contains seven Castor Jenkins adventures that first appeared in The Postmodern Mariner. There is something of Maurice Richardson in these tales. ‘When Wales Played Asgard’ has, in particular, the flavor of Richardson’s Surrealist Sportsmen’s Club. Arguably one of the best Castor Jenkins tales, ‘Interstellar Domestic’ is purely Hughesian. It exemplifies the very essence of the Jenkins tales and begs the question, “who can prove that it never happened?” Certainly not Castor’s pub mates, Frothing Harris and Paddy Deluxe.Part two, ‘Tribulations of the Human Bean’ contains five stories that reveal more about Castor than readers of The Postmodern Mariner were previously aware. In ‘Home Suit Home’ for example, we discover how Frothing Harris and Paddy Deluxe “first became close comrades with the trickster, forging a friendship that would result in the loss of much cash and patience over a period of several strange decades.” In ‘The Private Pirates Club’ literary agent Thornton Excelsior tells his own Castor Jenkins tale. From ‘The Monkey’s Pawpaw’ to Excelsior’s story, part two is Hughes at his unbridled best. Rife with wittiness and pun, ‘Tribulations of the Human Bean’ makes The Truth Spinner a wonderfully worthy read.With part three, “Castor on the Seven Plus Seas” Hughes invites us to follow Castor over the edge of the world, but warns, “Be sure to learn how to swim in ink and float on fables.” In ‘Chuckleberry Grin’ Castor Jenkins doesn’t tell pub mates Paddy Deluxe and Frothing Harris a remarkable tale about his journey to Counter Earth with the mad inventor Karl Mondaugen. Castor Jenkins and Tin Dylan explore inner space in ‘Flying Saucer Harmonies’ while in ‘Celebration Day’ we learn the fate of Frothing Harris and Paddy Deluxe.The Truth Spinner: the Complete Adventures of Castor Jenkins is a madcap masterpiece, made brilliant by the unrivalled wit of its author. Rhys Hughes is a rare gem. Few authors alive today share his ability to turn a phrase, to bend words at will and so effortlessly and artistically entertain. Humour is an art often lost on those who lack it. Very few do it well, but Hughes has mastered it. The Truth Spinner exemplifies his talent perfectly, and serves as a reminder that humour should be taken seriously.And that’s the truth.