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The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary Hardcover – September 15, 1997
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I don't know what kind of tea Mr. Gorey drinks but I'd quite like to try some. If you wanted to explain to somebody what the word "suggestive" means, and were for some reason allergic to dictionaries, you were best off lending them this book. It's all good fun until the last page - which I find extremely worrying. And yet I'm afraid that says more about me than it says about the book.
*Victorian orgies are cool
*It's a party accessory: read it aloud.
*It's a storybook for young, impressionable children.
*You can hit people with it and it will sting.
It's just so droll and vague and cheery. Besides, Victorian orgies are cool.
The sofa itself is contained in a room lined in polar bear fur, is upholstered in scarlet velvet, and has nine legs and seven arms; when the machinery starts within it Alice shudders and the book concludes in a delightfully ambiguous manner, in what may well be one of the strangest endings of any of Gorey's books.
I like Gorey, and this is a good little book, but is not actually one of my favorites, as I think there are others more whimsical, and a few are even stranger. For Gorey lovers this is a great little book, but understand that it is quite small, which makes it a questionable value, particularly in light of the excellent compilations available.
Pornographic work? Not exactly, if you are expecting the sort of thing all those spam e-mails promise. This is surrealism, enigmatic and dreamlike... the graphic imagery is limited to bizarrely posed and leering maybe-unclothed/maybe-not cartoon figures tastefully obscured behind monstrously large ornamental urns, twisted naked tree limbs, and imposing bamboo screens, with such captions as "That evening in the library Scylla, one of the guests who had certain anatomical peculiarities, demonstrated the 'Lithuanian Typewriter', assisted by Ronald and Rupert, two remarkably well-set-up young men from the village." Over and again through the "story" my reaction was "What the heck is THAT supposed to mean???" while taken together they imply something hideously and repugnantly barbaric and freakishly obscene, with the only possible conclusions (when they can be made at all) not matching the reactions of the characters, until the shocking conclusion where at last the characters react appropriately to an eerie situation that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever... making the entire experience that much more disconcerting.
This is the beauty of Edward Gory's surrealism. Though, as I said earlier, it is not for everyone- the horror is too enigmatic and the humor a bit too strange for the taste of most people I know... as one negative review said: "Make sure you want to buy this sort of book... it is not what I was expecting." (What was she expecting? She never said...Read more ›
If you're particularly wicked, give this book to prudish relatives at Christmastime.
Subtitled "a pornographic work," The Curious Sofa it is indeed, but for what it leaves out. Readers won't find sex or violence on these pages, merely the titillation of the unseen.
Umm... mouth watering!
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The style of the drawings is exquisite; as for the writing, the book is as dirty as your mind will allow it to be.Published 3 months ago by Rebecca_K
There is no sexual content in this story everything is left to the reader to imagine... this is a must read!Published 4 months ago by Christopher Lemke
edward gorey is a weird dude and this book is on par with the rest of his stuff. if you like gorey and/or are going through a dark, angsty teenage phase, this book is for you.Published 7 months ago by Ultraphonics
Hilarious book by Edward Gorey! Fast shipping and in better than stated condition. A++Published 11 months ago by Peds Mommy
Was a gift for my Aunt who loved it . We are all great fans of Gorey . A must for any collectionPublished 12 months ago by Jessica Jude