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The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey

The Doubtful Guest (1957)

by Edward Gorey

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A wonderful book for an insomniac to read at night time during those ungodly waking hours. ( )
1 vote 912greens | Mar 12, 2015 |
"It came seventeen years ago, and to this day It has shown no intention of going away", October 22, 2014

This review is from: The Doubtful Guest (Hardcover)
When a Victorian-style family - led by bearded father in his quilted dressing-gown - suddenly find a strange creature has taken up residence with them, there are some wonderful illustrations and verses following its escapades.
"It betrayed a great liking for peering up flues,
And for peeling the soles of its white canvas shoes."

I think this could be equally enjoyed by children and adults - has something of a 'Dr Seuss' feel to it. I loved it! ( )
  starbox | Oct 22, 2014 |
Recensione su: http://wp.me/p3X6aw-d7
Review on: http://wp.me/p3X6aw-d7 ( )
  Saretta.L | Jan 3, 2014 |
Slightly twisted yet sweetly funny little book. Really the only Gorey that Z's ready for -- wanted to give him a taste because he loved Dillweed's Revenge so much. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
Books Read in the Past:

One of Gorey's more sensical and linear works, though the doubtful guest itself remains reasonably inexplicable.

The morning I turned 17, this showed up on my bedroom door:

"It came seventeen years ago – and to this day
It has shown no intention of going away"

This solidified my already-deeply-felt identification with the doubtful guest.

( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Originally published in 1957, The Doubtful Guest serves as a prime example of the beauty, eccentricity, and brilliance of Edward Gorey's work. If the book was read aloud without revealing the accompanying black-and-white drawings, you might guess the tale came from the quirky genius of Dr. Seuss. The rhyming couplets and nonsensical verse (about an even more nonsensical creature) feel familiar, but in Gorey's skilled hands, the experience becomes altogether new.

The doubtful guest shows up unannounced and unwelcome, yet its presence is accepted after only a brief interlude of screaming. The staid, pale, Victorian inhabitants of the mansion alternately stare and glare at the doubtful guest as it tears out whole chapters from books, peels the soles of its white canvas shoes, and broods while lying on the floor ("inconveniently close to the drawing-room door"). Strangely, or rather, typically, as this is a Gorey book, the stymied occupants never ask the guest to leave--and in 17 years it has still "shown no intention of going away." Maintaining a matter-of-fact tone in spite of true oddity is pure, delicious Gorey, and his trademark drawings are not to be missed. The ghostly, stark, and undeniably amusing illustrations make The Doubtful Guest an entrancing tale in which reserved, insular lives meet with the unexpected and bizarre. (Ages 5 and older)

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