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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    It Was All Good Fun Until I Read 'The Hapless Child'....

    I like Edward Gorey's illustrations and morbid sense of humor. I really do. But after I read The 'Hapless Child' I had to put the book down. It made me so sad.

    The little girl looks like my own daughter and her circumstances go from a loving well-to-do family, to her parents dying, to being sold to and abused by a crazy man in the 'low places'. Then she ends up dying in her father's arms (who was not dead after all). And although he is searching for her, does not recognise her because she was so changed.

    The moral of the story is 'although our circumtances might seem unpleasant they could be a whole lot worse'. And our trying to escape might result in something truly awful. It's a good thing to remember when we become discontent with our lives.

    I applaud Mr. Gorey for teaching me a lesson that will stick with me always. But I will cry every time I think about that heartbreaking story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    The Late, Great Master of Victorian Macabre

    By name the author might not be as familiar, but certainly any fan of the long running PBS series Mystery! knows the famous Gorey style- Victorian gothic, grim, and grotesque with a strong scent of whimsy. Amphigorey, a collection of works by the late author, is a great introduction particularly for anyone interested in the macabre, Gothic culture, or peculiar humour. The collection highlights some of Gorey¿s greatest early works including Gashlycrumb Tinies, a sort of ABCs of 26 children¿s demise. A great value for the whole collection showcasing Gorey¿s unique style, though, due to the condensed format, a collector may want to opt for the individual, hardbound books. A talented illustrator and humorists, and he is a truly one of a kind author in the 20th century.

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