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Inadvertently poised at the bizarre urgent center of it all Spared fighting in Europe because of a bum hand Jared wishes he could join the cause instead of mindlessly sifting clay to be made into golems But there is something that preys on his dreams the devilish dwarf known as the Nain Rouge In his youth Jared once actually saw the Dwarf–a chilling creature that shows itself to individuals just before their demise Now the Nain Rouge appears to be coming back for Jare. Not to be confused with another book of the same name book titles can't be copyrighted so there are many duplicates out there The Narrows by Alexander C Irvine is an original historic thriller that I started reading out of boredome at a friend's house and ended up getting hooked by the fascinatng story line of a WWII factory in Detroit secretly producing golems But the thing that's interesting is that the main character who tells the story factory worker Jared doesn't seem to think it's all that strange that there's a mystical rabbi creating these clay soldier monsters not as strange as the many spies following him around nor the appearance of a dwarf from his childhood What I really liked about the book what that it was totally unpredictable well written with restraint and perfect pacing I had to finish just to see what happened but it was an enjoyable ride before I got there

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The NarrowsD himselfMany have a profound interest in Jared’s childhood run in with the Dwarf–including a German spy Jared’s hateful foreman at the golem factory and a shape shifting Indian shaman But what could a simple man who earns a meager living possibly have to do with espionage and dark deeds While Jared toils invisibly in the bowels of Ford’s plant the answer is about to reveal itself in a cataclysm of mythic and sinister proportions From the Trade Paperback edition. Jared Cleaves has problems Excluded from the army by a couple of bum fingers Jared contributes to WWII era Detroit’s war effort by building golems in a secret Ford factory removing scrap metal from lumps of clay that are then brought to life by a no nonsense rabbi Not only that but his wife makes money than he does his mother in law hates him and he’s haunted by dreams of a red skinned dwarf instigating Detroit’s fallSuch is the world of THE NARROWS by Alexander C Irvine It is a world in which magic is unusual but by no means unreal and the supernatural doesn’t preclude the daily grindMore

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SUMMARY ¹ The Narrows Õ [PDF] ✑ The Narrows By Alexander C. Irvine – From award winning author Alexander C Irvine comes a compelling fantastical riff on history and World War II The Narrows takes place in Detroit where Henry Ford’s factories have been retooled for Am From award winning author Alexander C Irvine comes From award winning author Alexander C Irvine comes a compelling fantastical riff on history and World War II The Narrows takes place in Detroit where Henry Ford’s factories have been retooled for America’s grand war effort But there are also clandestine operations under way–including a top secret effort to produce golems–powerful beings fashioned from the earth–to destroy Nazis Here lurk strange spies in unlikely places–and a not so extraordinary man who is. Alternate history has many virtues one being making the past vivid to readers The Narrows does this fine service for America in WWII specifically Detroit And how often does southeastern Michigan appear in historical fiction or fantasy and sf for that matter Not often enoughIrvine's novel focuses on wartime industry and there's another unusual move for contemporary fiction The main characters are factory workers who spoiler alert don't end up millionaires or leading a fantasy fueled social transformation Instead the book dwells with these people in their daily lives working long hours bickering with coworkers worrying about bills wrangling childcare and making golems I'm reminded of Richard Matheson's underrated Stir of Echoes in this regard Someday I need to do a study about the working class in Gothic litMaking golems Yes The Narrows is also a fantasy novel Or better put it's an alt history that includes some fantasy elements The grand River Rouge factory complex busily produces bombers and jeep parts while a secret department builds golem warriors out of clay Another delight Irvine provides is making this credible from the overworked rabbi in charge to workers trying to spot their products in newreels Like Tim Powers Irvine knits the fantastic credibly into the material world as a kind of technologyThe novel's plot concerns skulduggery among different powerful actors around this golem line Frankenline and how they want to use our hero Some of the book's emotional power comes from watching the protagonist cope with increasing weirdness especially as it stresses his marriage The Narrows comes close to cliches here but usually stays clearEspecially noteworthy is a second fantastic element the inclusion of a Michigan folk character the Nain Rouge The dwarf attains mythic status early on becoming something of a cthonic power over Detroit history and a demon to our hero's family This pushes the novel deeply into pure fantasy territory until we learn to what uses Nain Rouge might be putOverall The Narrows is an excellent alternate history and fantasy novel It only weakens in the conclusion which falls apart after a spectacular yet inconclusive climax Many threads are left hanging and resolution isn't really there But it's a grand ride for the first 96%On a personal note I found the novel compelling because I lived in Michigan for almost 20 years I enjoyed reading about settings I know and learning background I didn't