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A major work, 12 Feb 2013
The Vorrh is an extraordinary book on many levels. In his glowing introduction, Alan Moore describes the book as "one of the most original and stunning works of fantasy that it has ever been my privilege to read..," I, and now apparently all the other customer reviewers writing here agree with him completely, but again us others have pointed out, - describing it as a work of fantasy does not really work as a categorization. The work is a powerfully unique piece of literature, and slotting it into the "fantasy" genre, may result in it being unjustly overlooked as a major work which, if it has to be categorized, should rather be described as experimental, surrealistic, yet energetically accessible.
The story works through parallel characters, - many of them , as with the monstrous Eadweard Muyerbridge, were factual characters now imaginatively woven into the story. The characters are fascinating, and strange beings. One of the main characters being a young cyclops. Another, The Bowman, journeys across the Vorrh with his bow, - an incarnation of the essence and spirit of his dead wife. Everything takes place around the gravitational pull of the ever present Vorrh, a kind of vast and sentient tropical forest which reveals itself to be a now forgotten Eden.Catling launches some beautiful concepts about this domain and its inhabitants. The writing is intensely visual. Catling the poet, has the ability to compress so many ideas into a single page. One reads, and the words conjure ideas which seem unbelievable. We read the same passage again, allowing the implications to settle in while the inevitable shiver crosses over our scalp.
A unique and truly powerful book, - buy the hardcover example as you will certainly want to read it more than once while waiting for the sequel to be published.