And the Ass Saw the Angel Paperback – 13 Aug 1990
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An explosion of linguistic brio and Gothic grotesquery, horrifying, funny and tragic (Michel Faber Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Nick Cave was born in Australia in 1957. He moved to London with his band The Birthday Party in 1980. Four years later he founded The Bad Seeds, with whom he has made many albums. And the Ass Saw the Angel was published in 1990 and quickly became a cult classic. Cave has also appeared in, and written the music for, several films. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the very real descriptions of Euchrid, a deformed, slightly mad, product of incest, mute and the incredulous happenings that befall him in his small town are graphically real. The biblical edge provided by the narrative makes it even the more sinister. I cared for Euchrid but was repulsed by him too, and from what I can gather, I am sure he would not have cared for me either. This book is a very refreshing read. The beauty of it's narrative is contradicted by the regular flashes of grotesqueness within it's content. It certainly moved me and hung in my mind for hours whenever I stopped reading.
I certainly recommend that this book be read by anyone wishing to experience a truly absorbing book from an immense talent . I had to read in every spare minute (occasionally through covered eyes) until it was finished. An incredible piece of work.
The story revolves around an ostracised boy who lives in kind of rubbish dump, akin to Stig of the Dump. He's pilloried by the locals for his apparent lack of intellect and disability. The locals in question inhabit a staunchly religious presbyterian town full of it's own foibles and strange characters, none of which will be too unfamiliar.
The dichotomy presented is extremely poignant - a holier than thou community that persecutes a pathetic, disadvantaged boy.
The prose is florid and overblown; sometimes you can almost hear it being read out by a strongly accented southern preacher, but it works.
The story builds to a truly tragic ending that simultaneously is uplifting as well.
A very accomplished book that wouldn't be out of place on the reading list of an English degree.
On the evidence of this Australia has an author who could, if he wanted, stand toe to toe with some of the other contemporary greats.
Cave has writen a prose version of his Murder Ballads, bleak ending and generally unpalatable characters all present and correct. It's fantastic fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great edition as described, good value for this classic and fair plus prompt P&P.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Robert H. Welsh
Bought it for a friend who loved it. Eloquent and softly paced with that edginess that can only compare to the whisper in your ear of a strangers voice, heard whilst you are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr M J Kilpatrick
this book has the language and prose of Nick Cave, it sets a horrid setting with a despicable background of characters. I found it a riveting readPublished 23 months ago by George
I bought this book on recommendation from a friend. While I'll say it's well written, I did not enjoy it at all. A very visceral experience, but also a depressing one. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by L D'Arcy
Nick Cave's "And the ass saw the angel" is the tale of a disturbed mute, Euchrid Eucrow, born from drunken and abusive parents. Read morePublished on 17 April 2013 by Alexander Sokol
This is like diving in to the Old Testament and finding a modern (ish) day Job living out a life of misery. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2012 by PA
I would love to review this book, but am yet to receive it, really hope it arrives soon! I have already read the book years ago, but wish to read it againPublished on 21 April 2012 by meg
I really didn't enjoy this at all. I really liked 'The Death of Bunny Munro' and have always found Nick Cave kind of interesting, so I approached this book expecting a good read. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2011 by Anna