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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorey Classics in this stunning anthology
This is possibly the most re-readable book I own. It was the first "Amphigorey" (they've irritatingly spelt it incorrectly, without the "E", on this Amazon page) I bought, and by far my favourite. It is a collection of 15 books, that contain either verse or lyrical prose, accompanied by excellent monochrome pen-and-ink drawings (with the exception of 2 full-colour...
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2.0 out of 5 stars poor print quality ruins genius
I would give this book five stars without hesitation, had it not been for the bad printing quality.
The content is marvellous, but much of the subtle line works, shading and details of the superb drawings simply disappear in this edition, mostly because the printing is far too dark. I compared many of the drawings with the same ones printed in another book, "Elegant...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorey Classics in this stunning anthology, 1 Aug 2004
This review is from: Amphigorey: Fifteen Stories (Paperback)
This is possibly the most re-readable book I own. It was the first "Amphigorey" (they've irritatingly spelt it incorrectly, without the "E", on this Amazon page) I bought, and by far my favourite. It is a collection of 15 books, that contain either verse or lyrical prose, accompanied by excellent monochrome pen-and-ink drawings (with the exception of 2 full-colour children's works), that are full of intricate cross-hatching and meticulous detail. Gorey has a great conservatism to his writing, as usually only a single sentence accompanies each image. They are all equally funny and haunting in their own individual ways, and seem to run the spectrum of "negative" emotions from the creepily ethereal to the sickeningly macabre.
It includes probably the most enjoyable Gorey books available - my three favourites, "The Doubtful Guest", which is very funny, and the verse very well-written (sample couplet: "At times it would tear out whole chapters from books/Or put roomfuls of pictures askew on their hooks"), "The Willowdale Handcar", about three companions that go on an impromptu journey that lasts months, the content of which is loaded with sometimes indecipherable symbolism, and "The Remembered Visit", which I find, for some odd reason, the most haunting and emotive of his books despite having a very distant feel.
But that is not all - included in this anthology is the classic "The Gashlycrumb Tinies", an A to Z of the gruesome deaths of 26 children, which many may recognise (you can find it published in full on the internet for free if you want a taster of Gorey's work).
Gorey's work, being extremely short in actual reading length, rewards those readers that take time to closely examine and scrutinise the detailed illustrations. One of the books, "The West Wing", contains no words at all, but is just a sucession of haunting visions - the meanings of which are, at the very least, cryptic.
It's far better value to buy this book than the fifteen books included in it separately (being about 5.99 each in hardback), and probably more handy to read a few of his best books in one go. If you like your stories to be surreal, haunting, foreboding, gruesome, whimsical and overall, funny, then get this book, especially if you are a fan of thoughtful illustration as well. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amphigory, 22 Jun 2003
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Alarmingly eccentric compilation of several short cautionary tales and limericks that can leave one feeling a little bewildered but exraordinarily fascinated by the dark thought processes that go on within the author's mind. The illustrations accentuate the dark prose both in their oddness and wonderful use of lines.
Effortlessly sinister-a gem by a genius.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poor print quality ruins genius, 15 Jan 2012
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I would give this book five stars without hesitation, had it not been for the bad printing quality.
The content is marvellous, but much of the subtle line works, shading and details of the superb drawings simply disappear in this edition, mostly because the printing is far too dark. I compared many of the drawings with the same ones printed in another book, "Elegant Engmas, the art of Edward Gorey". The difference is striking. Suddenly you get all the nuances and details, on glossy paper that even further enhances the difference. I wonder if the hardcover version is better? Am I the only one to experience this? I really wish I had saved my money and bought the individual books, or the hardcover version, if I only knew that the print is better...
Such a wonderful artist is worth the absolute best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it's great, 26 Mar 2013
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My first book and experience of Edward Goreys work. Different from anything I have come accross before. Its strange in a good way and the illustrations are what was really interested and I love them. Weird and wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amphigorey, 27 Jan 2011
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This beautifully put together collection of Edward Gorey's intricate illustrations and eccentric poems show an insight into the imagination of a spectacularly dark humoured and unique artist. Gorey's painstaking cross-hatchings are beautiful and quirky with delicate detail and humorous scenarios, all showcased in this book as a collection of his finest stories and works of art.

My favourite story included in the book; 'Gashlycrumb Tinies', is a poem illustrating the alphabet; juxtaposing the beginning of a child's educative journey with their horrifying deathly end. This gruesome poetic tale is twisted and surreal yet clever and enchanting at the same time, as with many of Gorey's other works, they all offer an experience which will haunt you yet amaze you whilst you find yourself squinting at the immense detail on laid before you.

I find it hard to find anyone that could compare with the work of Gorey, the combination of clever poetry with gruesome tales and delicate drawing is unique and admirable. I would recommend that anyone familiar with Gorey or anyone yet to experience the surreal world of his should own a copy of this book and delve in to the eccentric world of Amphigorey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonish friends and family, disturb the sane and trouble those who sleep too well, 27 Sep 2008
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Wonderful, bleak, empty & melancholy. These stories are like the half remembered phantasms of a fever nearly recovered from............
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 9 April 2010
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I was not familiar with Edward Gorey books.and i was impressed at once.If you like this type of stories and illustrations, i definitely recommend it!!
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