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The Curse of the Montrolfes [Paperback]

Rohan O'Grady , Edward Gorey

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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique book 7 Jun 2000
By D. Clough - Published on Amazon.com
Rohan O'Grady (aka June Skinner) is a Canadian writer with two known novels published: "Pippin's Journal" (also titled "The Curse of the Montrolfes" ) and "Let's Murder Uncle" which was adapted for film in the sixties. The common quality to both books is the author's understanding of how children think and talk. But the heroine of "Pippin" is far from being an ordinary thirteen year old. Like Emily in "A High Wind in Jamaica" she is a young girl who has been changed by circumstances. The core of this book is the strange relationship between Catherine , nicknamed Pippin, and Guy Montrolfe; a driven, Heathcliff type of Byronic hero. But as well as being a love story, it is also a ghost story and an adventure yarn. Comparisons with the Brontes, R.L. Stevenson and Henry James are tempting. Certainly it is far more than the "gothic" label implies. A book that will haunt you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Memory of Pippin 1 April 2010
By Pippin O' Rohan - Published on Amazon.com
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Dear Miss O'Grady, your masterpiece is possibly the most tragic and frightening love story that I have ever read. It had a strong impact on me when I came across it as a young girl. I was about Catherine Barton's age at the time. For decades, I remembered this unique and mysterious novel and was finally able to secure a copy very recently. It is a book that I would have liked to share with the late Iris Murdoch and today, with Joyce Carol Oates. Indeed, Rosemary is for Remembrance, and with this in mind, I have placed a few sprigs in my volume. Warm appreciation for your coup de force, imagination and originality.
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