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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Amphigorey by Edward Gorey. Amphigorey Amphigorey 1 by Edward Gorey. The title of this deliciously creepy collection of Gorey's work stems from the word amphigory , meaning a nonsense verse or composition.

As always, Gorey's painstakingly cross-hatched pen and ink drawings are perfectly suited to his oddball verse and prose. The first book of 15, "The Unstrung Harp," describes the writing process of novelist Mr. Clavius Frederick Earbrass: " The title of this deliciously creepy collection of Gorey's work stems from the word amphigory , meaning a nonsense verse or composition.

Clavius Frederick Earbrass: "He must be mad to go on enduring the unexquisite agony of writing when it all turns out drivel. An eccentric, funny book for either the uninitiated or diehard Gorey fans.

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May 03, JV semi-hiatus rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels , Hark, dear readers, for this book is dark and full of terrors! Amphigorey is composed of 15 tales that are nonsensical, rattling, and ghastly. Should you decide to read this, be wary of the dark side for it might satisfy the macabre in you. The Unstrung Harp - 4 stars A fascinating story and perhaps a valuable commentary written by the writer the author in dedication to other writers and would-be writers about a writer Mr.

Earbrass and the writing profession itself! Did I just write a Hark, dear readers, for this book is dark and full of terrors! Did I just write a tongue twister or am I too redundant? Listing Attic - 4 stars An eccentric collection of limericks filled with grim humour. Imagine Melisandre, the Red Priestess, reading some of these: "There was a young lady named Rose Who fainted whenever she chose; She did so one day While playing croquet, But was quickly revived with a hose.

It seems that the tale is utter nonsense but when you dig deep, it's a fable of sorts — a guest who might have overstayed its welcome, a pet who became part of the family, having a new child in the family or perhaps an unwanted or illegitimate child, who knows?

This is a vastly incoherent tale with a nonsensical narrative! You don't need to understand it. Just throw logic out of the window and let this absurdity confound you! I love the part where a man gave a string to a distraught Throbblefoot Spectre as well as Madame O throwing herself out over the parapet and suddenly disappeared At first, the colourful bugs decided to become friendly with the odd bug, but then the black bug drove them all away!

The colourful bugs band together and devise a plan to get rid of that humongous bug once and for all. I guess some bugs are worth squashing and mailing after all! Now, where's my handy-dandy-ever-reliable broomstick? I'm off to squash someone something.

The Fatal Lozenge - 3 stars A morbid, depressing, and unstructured story that goes from A to Z with each letter embodying an individual. This story shows that there are reprehensible people who exist as well as some individuals who need kindness, love, and empathy.

The Baby, lying meek and quiet Upon the customary rug, Has dreams about rampage and riot, And will grow up to be a thug. This is a dark and menacing tale about Charlotte's fate that realistically portrays that life is not all sunshine, rainbows, and candyfloss and that stories don't always have happy endings. Who doesn't want some naughtiness?

Let me assure you that this work is not pornographic at all, in fact, you'll find none in it. It's clean and quite decent but really sexually suggestive and forces our minds to fill in the blanks.

If you fancy a bit of "how's your father" without being rompy pompy, this one is for you! Guaranteed to have some giggles along the way! Of course, you're in the land of the well-endowed and all things peculiar are thrown in!

Kinky, I might say. However, your mileage might vary, but if you have a wild imagination, you'll find this one to be a hidden gem. The Willowdale Handcar - 3 stars When intolerable ennui strikes, what more can you do but set an odd adventure and explore your surroundings by using a handcar, at least that's what our three protagonists have done!

This was such a flummoxing tale! The Gashlycrumb Tinies - 5 stars For fans of gore, you will find this rather amusing. Should I say that it's better to learn ABCs this way? For mature adults a defo yes, but for kids, a big no. Is there any hope that she's still alive?

Why haven't they found her? It's rather ghastly To think that the child was not yet five. I think this adage still remains true: "Don't talk to strangers". The West Wing - 4 stars Wordless art that evokes a sense of trepidation, mystery, and fear for the reader. Imagine yourself in a peculiar museum of sorts. Immerse in each individual art. Stare at it, does it stare at you back? What do you really see? Mayhap just the tip of the iceberg, but take yourself deeper and you'll find a psychological disturbance that will haunt you eventually.

One day it felt ravenous and came out of its cave. Reminds me of the story of the three little pigs, except that the three children in this story let this creature in on their chinny, chin, chin. No need to huff and puff to blow their house in! Tasty, I'd say! The Sinking Spell - 3. What was plummeting, descending, falling, dropping, and eventually disappearing? Curiouser and curiouser indeed! The Remembered Visit - 3 stars Perhaps an allegory of sorts of how we should seize opportunities given the chance and ensuring that we hold our vows to the best of our abilities for time ebbs and flows.

It neither wavers nor stops for anyone. View all 82 comments. May 04, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: , genre-fantasy , series , bage-children , bage-mature , genre-horror-gothic , want-to-own , histiorical , z-edward-gorey. This is the best way to be able to read Edward Gorey now. His first story was and the last in the collection was



Edward St. John Gorey was born in Chicago. His father was briefly a journalist. Gorey's maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. John Garvey, was a popular nineteenth-century greeting card writer and artist, from whom he claimed to have inherited his talents.


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