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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications Inc,US (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076494469X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764944697
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theatre productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humour have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.

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An umbrella is missing. A man is distressed. A thief scampers over rooftops. A child is in danger. A Harangued salesclerk weeks. A dog saves the day. The intriguing story of The Sopping Thursday is unlike any other Edward Gorey book, both because of its unique gray-and black illustrations and because it has a happy ending (if one is to dismiss any worry about the child featured inthe last frame). In just thirty imags and thirty short lines of text, Gorey manages to create a complex tableau of characters and a plot worthy of film noir. Long out of print, this new edition is faithful to the size of Gorey's original drawings and wisely refrains from offering any editorial commentary...except to say this Gorey jewel is--to quote the eminent literary critic Edmund Wilson---"A brilliant discovery."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A city. It starts to rain. Some people stand in the rain with umbrellas. Some don't. A dog talks, a baby wanders away from its mother (and is found without harm pages later), and someone is trying to buy an umbrella. Mundane talk about rain.

That about sums up this book. It's format is one page of illustration, the opposite page has a single sentence. It can be "read" in a minute maybe and the drawings are unmistakably Gorey's but aren't particularly interesting or show his ability.

I don't understand the book - it feels like a Monty Python sketch but one of the lesser ones, long forgotten. I'm amazed this got republished as it's just so... nothing! There isn't anything here. If you're interested in the brilliant Edward Gorey I suggest trying elsewhere like books such as "The Doubtful Guest" or "Amphigorey".
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By Monty Montezuma on 15 Mar. 2013
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Well, you either like Edward Gorey, or you don't, so I'm not expecting any converts on the basis of this review. Billed as probably his least threatening story I think the intermittent appearance of the loyal dog throughout just adds to the usual off kilter view of an everyday subject - in this case, looking for a missing brolly. Illustrations just beautiful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Gordon on 1 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Obscure and funny, this is one of my favourite Edward Gorey books. I bought it for my mum because she is always losing things, and the story revolves around a man looking for an umbrella, featuring such lines as "The child has somehow got shut inside its umbrella" and "I have been poked in the eye with an umbrella".

There is always something new to find or perceive in the wonderful illustrations, and brilliant bafflement of the narrative.

This is a wondrous book, and one which should be shared.
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As a fan of Edward Gorey I wasn't disappointed. The humour is there with the classic illustrations.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Simple story, complex illustrations 1 Sept. 2004
By tzefirah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for many, many years, and I'm always struck by the simplicity of the story and the complexity of the illustrations. The lovely black dog in the story is an unsung hero who saves a baby floating away in the rain. I named my black lab Bruno after the dog in this story.

Many of Edward Gorey's stories are too adult or too black for children. But if your child is thoughtful and imaginative, I would recommend this one.

This is a must for Gorey collectors.

And for the one person in the universe who doesn't know this, Gorey began the beautiful black and white illustrations used on Public Television's Mystery series (he didn't finish them because he died).
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The Sopping Thursday 8 Jan. 2013
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
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A short Gorey story, for all of the Edward Gorey, fans you know who you are. The plot such as it is takes place on a rainy day in England. Aren't they all? A tale of a black dog and infant and more umbrella's than most people know what to do with. Edward Gorey, started out as an illustrationist for the New Yorker, among other magazine. If you ever saw his Addams Family, drawings you would recognize the basis for both the series and the movies. His tales were often seen as too dark for children. If you can find the Gorey Alphabet, buy it. It is a wonderful book for fractious children. A is for Amy, eaten by bears. B is for Basil,who fell down the stairs..
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Love Gorey's books 25 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a tale of a rainy day and umbrellas with a hero dog. Another great Gorey book for the collection.
Awesome book 11 April 2011
By Rhea Mitts - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very sweet book. It's a must have for children and adults alike. I love how his books have a unusual undertone to them.
Five Stars 18 May 2008
By Nancy Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Edward Gorey's illustrations! All of them!! <3
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