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The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey

The Doubtful Guest (1957)

by Edward Gorey

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What to make of this book? It took about one minute to read and had little to say for itself. As usual with Gorey, his illustrations are interesting, but what's the point? As usual with me, when I first read a Gorey, I don't get it - why did I keep buying his books? If past experience is anything to go by, I'll return to this book and it'll start to find its place, and I mine with it. For now, a doubtful 3/5, which will likely improve with age.

A doubtful guest, indeed.

UPDATE: Let's try this again after a second read a s some reflection! Forgetting what I think Gorey is trying to say unlocks what I feel. The Doubtful Guest feels like
It's a guest, so do I invite those things into my life? Maybe, but it's doubtful. I can scream at it to leave, and it ignores me. I sleep, but it gives me no peace. It spoils the things I enjoy, drowns the things I love. Year after year, it shows no sign of going away. What kind of guest is this? 4/5 ( )
1 vote Michael.Rimmer | Jul 11, 2018 |
The Doubtful Guest is a kid, isn't it. ( )
1 vote Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
Just so you-all know, not everyone is a Gorey fan. I'm not. I found this at a charity sale and decided to give him another shot, but I'm not amused. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
One of my favorites ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
One of my favorites ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
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When they answered the bell on that wild night, there was no one expected -- and no one in sight.
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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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