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The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary Hardcover – September 15, 1997
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As the New York Times writes of Edward Gorey, "His satires (often of tawdry Victorian mysteries) are not mere commentaries on the manners and mores of a distant age; they are inventive narratives about evil adults, mischievous children, illicit lovers and improbable beasts." Or, in the case of The Curious Sofa, improbable furniture. As Gorey tells us on the cover, this is "a pornographic work" (pornographic horror, in fact) with a picture on every page. And yet there's nary a nipple (nor a drop of blood) in sight. (For those who want some extras to pass around there's a 10-copy assortment with The Gashlycrumb Tinies.)
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Only Gorey could write an illustrated pseudo-Edwardian porno work that doesn't show any naughty bits, or use any offensive language. Everything is suggestive; nothing is explicit, and yet . . . well the mind -will- tend to fill in the details which Gorey has omitted. This is a delightful book, flawlessly executed in a style that Gorey pretty much invented for himself, to express the odd sort of world in which his characters find themselves.
Many of Gorey's works, including this one, are available more economically as parts of the (to date) four "Amphigory" collections. But really, some of them are worth the few extra dollars to purchase as stand-alone books, if only to leave lying on the coffee table to raise the eyebrows of visiting PTA members and door-to-door religious proselytizers.
This is one that's worth it.
Itll take 5 minutes to 'read' so dont expect it to fill the time on a plane trip .
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.
For a book of so few pages, there is so much to discuss.....How does one play Thumbfumble? How is is that the colonel and his wife are both missing their left legs? What are Scylla's anatomical peculiarities? Is Gerald psychotic or is he suffering from temporary insanity? Is the sofa really all THAT terrible?
Share this book with a friend. Smirk, guess, and giggle. Reread and fish for new possibilities. Amuse yourself with a book that far exceeds its monetary value.