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The Grotesque: A Novel
The Grotesque A Novel
Author: Patrick McGrath
This exuberantly spooky novel, in which horror, repressed eroticism, and sulfurous social comedy intertwine like the vines in an overgrown English garden, is now a major motion picture, starring Alan Bates, Sting, and Theresa Russell.
ISBN-13: 9780671665098
ISBN-10: 067166509X
Publication Date: 5/1989
Pages: 186
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Publisher: Poseidon Pr
Book Type: Hardcover
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Witty, weird and highly enjoyable, this gothic British tale is aptly titled. The set-up is macabre: a distinguished paleontologist is brain-damaged and
slowly turning into a vegetable. He cannot speak, but narrates an interior monologue of all he sees and hears: a lot of sexual shenanigans and a particularly
grisly murder, all centered around "Fledge," the butler, who has ambitions. The stylistic joke is that all these horrors take place in a quaint, genteel
English country setting, where the village is "Pock-on-the-Fling," the pub, "The Hodge and Purlet" and the barrister, "Sir Fleckley Tome." However deadly
the deed, the language is always decorous and impeccably mannered. The result is strangely hilarious.


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