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The Doubtful Guest Hardcover – June 15, 1998
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The doubtful guest shows up unannounced and unwelcome, yet its presence is accepted after only a brief interlude of screaming. The staid, pale, Victorian inhabitants of the mansion alternately stare and glare at the doubtful guest as it tears out whole chapters from books, peels the soles of its white canvas shoes, and broods while lying on the floor ("inconveniently close to the drawing-room door"). Strangely, or rather, typically, as this is a Gorey book, the stymied occupants never ask the guest to leave--and in 17 years it has still "shown no intention of going away." Maintaining a matter-of-fact tone in spite of true oddity is pure, delicious Gorey, and his trademark drawings are not to be missed. The ghostly, stark, and undeniably amusing illustrations make The Doubtful Guest an entrancing tale in which reserved, insular lives meet with the unexpected and bizarre. (Ages 5 and older) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This isn't quite my favourite Gorey. Other contenders would be the almost absurdly depressing The Hapless Child (small girl is born, parents die, is sent to workhouse, winds up perishing in the street, is found by its actually-not-dead-but-until-recently-in-Africa father who, typically, fails to recognise his daughter) and the surreal The Object Lesson (classic Gorey opening line: "It was already Thursday, but his Lordship's artificial limb could not be found..."). Or else there's the sexy but menacing The Curious Sofa...
He's still a master and a true original.Read more ›
I have liked Edward Gorey since I was in my teens, and still find him as unique and entertaining as ever. This is my very favorite Gorey book, and would make an excellent introduction to one of the oddest cartoonists of the twentieth century.
My only gripe is that the book is a little short. I can easily tolerate it, however, as it's just so much macabre fun...
"It came seventeen years ago, and to this day,
it has shown no intention of going away."
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If in "doubt," watch it on YouTube. This is one of my favorites. A classic!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
rhymed couplets tell the story of an odd critter that comes to dinner and just,,,stays. wonderful!Published 2 months ago by will crow
I gave this to my parents on their 17th anniversary (in 1976).Published 5 months ago by K. A. Krisko
I like to give this to my nieces and nephews to introduce them to the delightfully dark but whimsical world of Edward Gorey. This title is appropriate for all ages.Published 5 months ago by cafanie