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    Kala Trobe(Author)

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Step inside Malynowsky's Central, a nearly-two-hundred-year-old bookstore teeming with tomes on magick and esoteric lore. Maybe you recognize the young woman sitting in the shop window reading Tarot for customers. That's Kala, who brought us inside a fascinating otherworld of true magick and myth at The Magick Bookshop in Oxford. Kala continues her urban forays into Qabalah, Witchcraft, and the occult at this not-so-ordinary bookshop on the gritty West End streets of modern-day London. These seven vivid tales are filled with metaphysical happenings and unforgettable characters-including Sam, the sexually-frustrated art student with a heartbreaking past; Shahlia, the Kurdish mother on the run from an abusive husband; and the wise shop owner Mr. Malynowsky, who helps Kala break free from an unhealthy downward spiral that threatens everything dear to her. Winner of the 2006 COVR Award for Visionary Fiction

Kala Trobe (UK) is the main nom-de-plume of Kate La Trobe-Bateman. She is author of the award-winning work of fiction "The Magick Bookshop "and the new "Magick in the West End," a dazzling collection of short stories that brim with imagination and come straight from the theatre-lit, gaudy, blinding, yet, bewitching streets of London's West End - and all seen through the eyes of a magically-minded young and aspiring occultist at one of Londons most well-known esoteric bookshops. Kala Trobe is the author of several works of Llewellyn non-fiction including "Invoke the Goddess: Visualizations of Hindu, Greek, & Egyptian Deities, Magic of Qabalah," "Invoke the Gods: Exploring the Power of Male Archetypes "and "The Witchs Guide to Life," and is also published by Random House UK. Ms Trobe currently divides her time between London and Amsterdam.

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  • PDF | 177 pages
  • Kala Trobe(Author)
  • Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1st ed edition (8 Nov. 2005)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Druid Network on 22 March 2006

    This is a collection of short tales centred around the staff and customers of an eccentric occult bookshop in Central London. It is fiction - or so the author tells us - though it is so well written, with exquisite word play and wonderful clarity, that I somehow feel I *know* the shop and the characters she speaks of. In fact, occasionally Kala seems to need to remind herself and us that it is indeed fiction and not real, and that the occasional politically incorrect diatribe contained within the pages of 'Magick in the West End' do not reflect her 'real life' values.I felt an immediate affinity with the Kala who presents herself in this book, and as a professional tarot reader myself, there seemed to be some common experiences and understandings as well. But I need to remind myself, this fiction, right? Oh, and who of us hasn't wanted at one time or another to hold a magical rite in the middle of the night at Highgate Cemetery? OK, don't tell me - you already have, and got the T-shirt. Ho hum.I found this book captivating, and consumed it in a few days. The people who inhabit Malynowsky's are very real indeed, notwithstanding their wonderful eccentricities. And as for the bookshop; yes, it's fiction, but you know, I'm sure I've been there a few times.....

  • By Kindle Customer on 12 December 2005

    If you enjoyed “The Magick Bookshop” the prequel, then you will love this the sequel. In “Magick in the West End” Kala is back at the wonderful and wise Mr Malynowskys’ but this time in the West End of London. With vamprires, astral lovers and Tarot readings there are no dull moments here. In my opinion the highlight of the book is a story set in New Orleans as the writing invokes the ambience of this, so recently devastated, amazing city. A definite read for anyone who wishes to invite a little magick into their lives.

  • By Alyssa Hall on 28 March 2006

    Magick in the West End, roller coastersthe reader from biography to fable touniversal wisdom. Author Kala Trobecareens between fact and fictionspinning eight bedazzling tales of a"typical" occultist's life-viewing theworld from the Tarot reader's table ofour self-titled narrator, "Kala," in thewindow of the occult bookshop,Malynowsky's, in west London.Upon entry into her world, its grandiose faultsand everyday miracles soon evidence.She is at times cutting, witty, selfeffacing,immodest and hilarious as thestories weave together into a tapestry offamiliarity that makes one believe wehave visited this very bookshop. Is this acharacter she writes of, or is it abiography? Did the event really happenjust as she describes it... does it matter?Kala weaves metaphors into precisioninstruments of art, painting in broadstrokes of emotions that we easilyrecognize within ourselves. Magickallylevitating the reader's window of disbelief,Kala's book stands as a well constructedset of tales, which are both vernacularand mystic. Like the Temperance card,she straddles both realms, the emotionaland material, the mundane and themystifying, blending into this book acup of unique and marvelous new visionfor us to scry.


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