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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories Hardcover – October 22, 1997
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance -- witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children -- misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings -- hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).
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100+ pages of Tim Burton goodness. Featuring various Burton characters and their unique tales. Some are written in prose while others are in rhyme. Enjoyable and fun for all ages!
All the poems are beautifully accompanied by original illustrations drawn by Burton, the perfect complement for the stories he tells throughout the book. The book is also presented in a Postscript version of Scripps College Oldstyle, a very interesting notation on the last pages.
The peculiarity of all the characters in this book is what makes them so compelling, the poems are filled with a very dark humor, irony and beautiful metaphors (there is the story of `Voodoo girl', a girl with pins around her heart, so no one can get close to her or she will be hurt) All the characters are outcasts, characters so unique that it is very difficult for them to fit in and be loved, but even though they're different, the situations can somehow relate to real life. Once you read this book it is very easy to understand the origins of `Edward Scissorhands', a guy with scissors instead of hands who couldn't possible hug or have physical contact with anyone. The last poem of the book is the perfect ending for this incredible compilation of bizarre tales on the lives of even more bizarre but lovable characters.
An excellent book for all ages, the poems are quite rhythmic and simple, I have bought a couple of copies to give to some of my friends and I haven't met a single person who has read it and didn't like it. The poem that gives title to the book is just unbelievable and the best poem of the book; how love can lead to cruelty and the melancholic fate of poor oyster boy will leave you with a sensation of sadness.
If you have enjoyed the works of Burton in the movies and specially liked `Edward Scissorhands' you are going to fall in love with this book.
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The "poetry" was horrid, absolutely terrible.Read more
I am now looking for the bilingual English/french edition o purchase.
Is this it?Read more