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medieval road trip!,
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This review is from: The Sad Tale Of The Brothers Grossbart (Paperback)
Well this book is truly macabre, grotesque and perhaps even a bit sick! I loved it!
Welcome to the brutal and warped world of Hegel and Manfried. The brothers Grossbart.
Somewhat unhappy with their lot they set off to take their profession (grave robbing) to sunnier shores (Gyptland). Of course there is nothing to stop them indulging in a spot of score settling, thievery, murder and thuggary along the way. Not that they let this low down behaviour dissaude them of the view that they are doing the work of the virgin Mary! The explanation of this is best left to the brothers, but trust me it is darkly hilarious!
Along the way they come accross witches, demons, an alcaholic priest and a deranged sea Captain. If you decide to undertake this journey with them be prepared to be amused and horrified by turns or sometimes at the same time. As Manfried and Hegel earn your loathing and begrudging respect!
This is the kind of book where anything can and will happen. It's graphic and at times deeply shocking. I read the first chapter in a series gasps and profanity and most of the books I read are pretty blood splattered. There is ultra violence, sex, religeous sacrilege and the very strongest language. So you might want to avoid this if you are the kind of person who writes outraged letters to the Daily Mail.
The story is a dark comedy/horror that is not without excitement as well as shocks and laughter.
What is more remarkable is that this highly original and brilliant book is a debut novel. I will be awaiting with great interest and quite a lot of impatience for Jesse Bullington's next offering. This a stunning peice of work!