called the supernatural. On one level, the plot is straightforward - man meets woman, is instantly
smitten and falls in love which she reciprocates; after various adventures, they settle down together.
This completely ignores the supernatural elements which provide a multiple-layered environment
where past and present, reality and unreality all meet. This book is now 26 years old and I recall
reading Carroll for the first time when the cover drawing of a Mont Blanc pen caught my eye at
least that long ago. Since then I have read other of his books and have at least two unread ones -
a rare vintage that needs to be savoured sparingly.