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The Iron Tonic by Edward Gorey

The Iron Tonic (edition 2001)

by Edward Gorey, Edward Gorey (Illustrator)

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Title:The Iron Tonic
Authors:Edward Gorey
Other authors:Edward Gorey (Illustrator)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2001), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 36 pages
Collections:Your library, Reviewed
Tags:Fiction, Macabre

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The Iron Tonic: Or, A Winter Afternoon in Lonely Valley by Edward Gorey


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"The rest is darkness and dismay", October 22, 2014

This review is from: The Iron Tonic: Or, A Winter Afternoon in Lonely Valley (Hardcover)
A strange, gloomy tale, with full-page illustrations, each explained by a rhyming couplet. Set in a snowy land, near a sanatorium, the world seems full of hazards:
"The careful stroller should beware
Of objects falling from the air"
shows a carriage clock flying across a wintry landscape.
Eels, a deceased runaway orphan, a stone....peculiar yet strangely enjoyable. ( )
  starbox | Oct 22, 2014 |
The perfect book for a snowy winter's day, this is Gorey at his most macabre and bleak. Superb. ( )
  riverwillow | Jan 20, 2013 |
Most enjoyable words and pictures. ( )
  gsmattingly | Nov 28, 2011 |
Simply, completely, utterly bleak and terrific. The pictures and the text play off each other wonderfully. ( )
  Nickelini | Jul 29, 2010 |
With Gorey, the pictures more than make up for the text. His drawings manage to convey so much. His ability to capture the fine details, and the little elements that go into everyday things, combined with his proclivity for the gothic place him among my favorite artists. ( )
  AlexTheHunn | Oct 11, 2007 |
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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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