- Hardcover: 155 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (October 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394418808
- ISBN-13: 978-0394418803
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the Suicide Mountains Hardcover – October, 1977
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"I don't understand why you've told it to us."
"Ah, that," replies the abbot.
Throughout his career, Gardner wrestled with this very issue, seeking the answer to the question so often asked by readers: "What's the point of the story?" During the mid-1970s, he published several books of fairy tales for children (such as "Dragon, Dragon") and surreal Gothic stories for adults (including "The King's Indian"), as well as "In the Suicide Mountains." As he said in an interview soon after the book's publication, he "was constantly playing literature against life, looking for the answers literature gives, or so we're told." Gardner constantly tried to identify "Ah, that"--the happy medium between the lecture and the poem, between spelling out the moral of the story and letting readers interpret it for themselves.
In the main story of "In the Suicide Mountains," we meet Chudu, a 200-year-old shape-shifter despised by his neighbors and blamed for every misfortune or tragedy in the vicinity; Armida, the beautiful Cinderella-like prisoner of her domineering stepmother; and Christopher, the un-heroic prince who likes playing the violin and reading poetry.Read more ›
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A amalgam of fairy tales, nested within a fairy tale, as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are nested within a fictional pilgrimage. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Don A
This story written by John Gardner is at first a little uncomfortable because it deals with suicide, as the title suggest. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by mgarcia46