- Publisher: Coronet Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473606616
- ISBN-13: 978-1473606616
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
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The Vorrh Hardcover
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One of the most original works of visionary fiction since Mervyn Peake.―The Guardian
In Brian Catling's phosphorescent masterpiece The Vorrh we have one of the most original and stunning works of fantasy that has ever been my privilege to read, a brilliant and sustained piece of invention which establishes a benchmark not just for imaginative writing but for the human imagination in itself. After investigating other worlds of fantasy, The Vorrh is like a first experience of the ocean. Read this book, and marvel.
When even the warts of a novel are winning, it s hard to misunderstand that you have something special on your hands, and The Vorrh is absolutely that. Equal parts dark fantasy and surrealist dream, it is inescapably dense, and unrelentingly intense. Shelve it shoulder to shoulder with 2012s other most notable novels, be they of the genre or not, then consider carefully which stands lacking in comparison.―Tor.com
This is fine stuff. Like the best fantasy writers Catling succeeds in creating a compelling and believable parallel dimension.―Daily Mail
There are not many books that rearrange the molecules of your being, turning your eyes inside out. The Vorrh, this saturnine post-traumatic testament, is one of them. A work of genius.
The English language has given birth to some great works of unbounded vision and imagination, and here is another one... It's a very sophisticated and subtle exploration of the decadent, primitive and the mythical. Many books are said to be like nothing else, and aren't, but Brian Catling's really is.
Although comparisons to Michael Moorcock and Mervyn Peake will inevitably be drawn, The Vorrh offers something more...It reminded me of Odilon Redon: a combination of the luminous, the luxurious, monstrous flora and dark wit.―TLS
I really loved Brian Catling's The Vorrh. It's a hot storm of a novel bursting with art and history, sex and nature. A visionary fantasy epic that is incredibly fun to read. Wildly different, but no less remarkable.―The Guardian
I am glad to have the book as a companion on my own dark quest.
Darkly imaginative. . . . Packed with striking images . . . real beauty and power.―Kirkus
Catling's novel reads like a long-lost classic of Decadent or Symbolist literature, with that same sense of timelessness. It's peculiar, wildly imaginative, unafraid to transgress and get lost, and is unlike anything I've ever read.
Brian Catling is simply a genius. His writing is so extraordinary it hurts, it makes me realize how little imagination I have.
About the Author
Brian Catling (born in London, 1948) is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist.He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College. He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s. Some of his most notable works and performances include: Quill Two at Matt's Gallery, Dilston Grove in 2011, Antix at Matt's Gallery in 2006, a commissoned memorial to the Site of Execution, Tower of London in 2007, Vanished! A Video Seance made with screenwriter Tony Grisoni in 1999 and Cyclops at South London Gallery 1996.
In 2001 he co founded the international performance collective WiTW.
As a writer he has published poetic works, including one compendium A Court of Miracles in 2009. His first prose book Bobby Awl was published in 2007.
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I have remained a diehard fan of any sort of surrealist/fantastical/historical fiction throughout my life, especially when it seems to (vaguely, even) make sense. This book does not follow through with my last bit of criteria; in this case, however, I find myself strangely comfortable with that concept. To suggest that Catling's first literary work has a tendency to meander is a bit of an understatement; that being said, it is also surprisingly what manages to tie the entire novel together into an eccentric but cohesive whole. The cast of characters introduced is vast, colorful, diverse, and very rarely in contact with one another.
I will reiterate that this book is not for everyone: it conjures up a fantastical journey into a strange amalgamation of fiction, fantasy, [a smattering of steampunk, Bakelite-bots?], theology, and the capricious yet captivating style reminiscent of Catling's fans such as Moore and Gilliam. I'd be disappointed if Neil Gaiman doesn't present his thoughts on the matter at some point, if he hasn't already. It is the Heart of Darkness for the more whimsical, imaginative generation that I believe has finally started to come into its own; I may be eating those last words at some point, but my stance on this work remains the same. I'm currently two chapters in on 'The Erstwhile', and remain captivated.
Actually, that is the point of the book. If you look for definitive purpose in this book, you are just like the fools who think knowledge can be found on a tree in the center of The Vorrh. Instead, you will find an endless mire.
I personally do NOT like to spend time with fiction. Most are trite & predictable; black and white, good guy vs bad guy. This is not the case with Brian Catling. The only other fiction author that lets my imagination soar mentally, psychologically, emotionally is Murakami. Definitely surreal just like him.
The Vohrr is not reading. It's an experience.
It's clearly set up for sequels, so don't go into it thinking that it will be a satisfying read as a standalone novel...how very disappointed you will be! I regret the time it took me to plow through the ending, and won't be wasting my time on the rest of the trilogy...
If anyone else has finished the series, I would be curious to know: what was the point of including Muybridge? He never interacts with any of the other characters and his storyline seemed completely out of left field...perhaps the device he invented becomes integral later on in the story? Even so, it seems like a waste/filler to dedicate one-third of the entire book on him.