Penguin

9780143117797

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Review of ‘The Quickening Maze’

Adam Foulds’ second novel is well named. The Quickening Maze is set mostly in an early Victorian English asylum, a place whose residents’ lives are mazelike in their complexity, even those who are free to leave.

John Clare, a poet destined for a fair-to-middling place in the English canon, has been committed to the asylum,…

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