‘Crazy’ ‘fairy tale’ inspired by a book by the same name in Victorian novel
The mystery of the “Crazy” book, a Victorian mystery novel by the British author Edward James Olmos, may be solved after an academic team in Australia reported a possible link between it and the popular “Crimson Tide” children’s book by Scottish author Diana Gabaldon.
The discovery of a manuscript from “Climbing the Himalayas” and Gabaldons “Cri-Fairy Tale” book at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is the first time the book has been described as being written by Olmos.
“The book itself is about an American explorer who travels to the Himalayan mountains and meets a mysterious old woman who appears to be a witch,” UNSW’s Professor Tim O’Donnell told the ABC.
“But in the book, she says she’s not a witch, she’s just a guide.
She says the book is a story about a beautiful young girl who is travelling through the Himalaya and she meets strange people, including the fairy tale character Crazy.”‘
A brilliant, clever book’Olmos, a former BBC journalist, was born in the US in 1920 and later worked for the BBC in Australia and England.
He died in 2005.
Professor O’Connor said it was possible the book could be a sequel to Gabaldas “Cirque du Soleil” childrens book about a magician who can create illusions.
“It’s a fantastic, brilliant book that has been well-known for many years in the UK,” he said.
“And that’s one reason why the book appears to have had so much influence on Gabalds work, because it’s about magic, and it’s a brilliant, well-developed magic.”
Professor O-Donnell said it could be the work of someone with an interest in magic and the paranormal.
‘It’s really important for children’Professor OConnor said Olmos’ writing had a “deep resonance” with children and it was important for the “cognitively-impaired” to understand it.
“There’s a real danger of children becoming trapped in a book, as if there’s a story behind it, but there’s actually a story that happens to children, and they can be able to discover it,” he told the BBC.
“They can really benefit from it.
This is a really important book for children because it will help them to understand magic and to appreciate what it means to be human.”‘
The book could not be found’University of Sydney’s Professor John Young said the discovery was a “real coup” in the search for the book.
“I think it’s important that it’s known for the way that it conveys a real, complex narrative about the world around it,” Professor Young said.
Olmos’ wife and son have been researching the book since it was first published in 1912, and the Australian academic said it had not been found.
“The family are working on a huge project to find the book,” Professor O’Donoghue said.
“I think they’re not sure what the book might be about, but I think it could still be a fantastic book.”