- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (3 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014104487X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141044873
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
And the Ass Saw the Angel Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Cave has writen a prose version of his Murder Ballads, bleak ending and generally unpalatable characters all present and correct. It's fantastic fiction.
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.
Sometimes this four star book was a little hard for me to take, but I couldn't put it down.
Review submitted by Captain Osborne
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this, Nick needs the royalties. Simply one of the best, most imaginative, original and satisfying reads ever.
Great edition as described, good value for this classic and fair plus prompt P&P.Published 16 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 on 16 May 2015 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 on 6 Aug. 2014 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