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The Iron Tonic: Or, A Winter Afternoon in Lonely Valley by Edward Gorey
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151004374, Hardcover)
It's difficult to say what The Iron Tonic is about, although it is "known the skating pond conceals a family of enormous eels," and that "the light is fading from the day. The rest is darkness and dismay." Finally, though, The Iron Tonic could be seen as Edward Gorey's version of a winter afternoon in one of the great Russian novels of the nineteenth century.
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Travel with the author through the dreary town of Lonley Valley and learn of the bleak events that occur in an afternoon with the town's unfortunate residents.
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