By Russell Hoban
In Ariosto's epic 16th-century poem Orlando Furioso, the attractive Angelica , chained, bare, to a rock and menaced by means of a sea monster is rescued by means of the valiant Ruggiero, using a 'hippogriff', the offspring of a griffin and a mare - a wholly imaginary winged creature (as readers of Harry Potter know). Volatore, as this hippogriff calls himself, has escaped the poem during which he has been restricted for hundreds of years and is decided to discover his Angelica, no matter if it takes him to the twenty first century and contains a few shape-shifting. He lands in modern San Francisco and the 1st individual he units eyes on is Angelica Greenberg, the Jewish proprietor of a San Franciscan artwork gallery, who has simply dumped her fiancé. Volatore rises to her window and so they get on well big-time. yet no have they met and fallen in love than occasions conspire to split the 2 in order that Volatore mustn't ever purely search Angelica but additionally locate definitely the right shape during which to consummate his timeless love. the 1st is just too masculine, the second one no longer sufficient so, yet will the 3rd be appropriate, and the way will Angelica reconcile the imaginary and the genuine within the ideal lover? Angelica misplaced and located comprises the popular drollery, the marvellous flip of word, the classy insights and the romance of Russell Hoban, however it additionally features a vigorous, life-enhancing knowledge that's all of its personal.
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