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And the Ass Saw the Angel
     

And the Ass Saw the Angel

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by Nick Cave
 

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Cave’s only novel to date takes on the southern gothic in this bizarre baroque tale. Born mute to a drunken mother and a demented father, tortured Euchrid Eucrow finds more compassion in the family mule than in his fellow men. But he alone will grasp the cruel fate of Cosey Mo, the beautiful young prostitute in the pink caravan on Hooper’s Hill. And it

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Cave’s only novel to date takes on the southern gothic in this bizarre baroque tale. Born mute to a drunken mother and a demented father, tortured Euchrid Eucrow finds more compassion in the family mule than in his fellow men. But he alone will grasp the cruel fate of Cosey Mo, the beautiful young prostitute in the pink caravan on Hooper’s Hill. And it is Euchrid, spiraling ever deeper into his mad angelic vision, who will ultimately redeem both the town and its people. “Surprising, remarkable.” — The Atlanta Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Australian rock musician, lyricist and actor Cave's first novel is an innovative, if wildly idiosyncratic, tall tale satirizing religious fanaticism. Euchrid Eucrow, despised ungainly son of a trapper father and ``slobstress'' mother, grows up mute but divinely inspired during the 1940s and '50s in fundamentalist Ukulore, a rural swamp peopled with cartoon-like sinners, tricksters, retardates and imbibers of moonshine. Euchrid--self-styled Monarch of Doghead--heeds a winsome guardian angel, along with talking beasts (the title evokes Balaam's ass), and is obsessed with human cruelty and carnality. The foundling Beth, becoming revered as a child-saint, believes Euchrid is divine; Euchrid slips into her room, and is brutally hunted down by Beth's avengers. The plot, rife with gory atrocities, is relayed through clotted, gutsy prose which ranges from poetic to rabid, and is interspersed throughout with graphs, lists, genealogies and scraps of Scripture. Although Cave's manic effort will not lure traditionalists, it may snare the more adventurous. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880985724
Publisher:
2.13.61
Publication date:
03/31/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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The lead singer of the Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman, Nick Cave has been performing music for more than thirty years. His album Murder Ballads has sold close to one million copies. In addition to his previous novel, he has authored King Ink, a collection of lyrics and poetry, and the screenplay and score for the film The Proposition. He recently composed the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Born in Australia, Cave now lives in Brighton, England.

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And the Ass Saw the Angel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
runfromfire More than 1 year ago
This is essentially modern Faulkner. It's dark and it constantly feels as if everything - plot, characters, location - is about to descend into complete madness. That is to it's credit. The book is difficult to read as the stylization is VERY specifically tailored to the book's feel. It is written in a southern American vernacular in much the same way as "Trainspotting" was written in a Scottish vernacular or "Everything is Illuminated" was written in a Ukrainian/broken English vernacular. Once you've gotten through the first chapter or two and the method behind the madness is gleaned, however, it's an excellent story and difficult to put down. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on a copy (I think it's out of print at this point).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The most ingenious, imagininative, and innovative book ever read. A must read if you are willing to let the truth hit you and take a stranglehold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book ever written. With "the teachings of Don Juan" in a close 2nd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good - the wonderful depictions of character and landscape, the brilliant "voice" of Euchrid telling his tale - the poignant moments of clarity and vivid emotion - the honest search for meaning and the author's utter lack of deference to "good taste" and "politeness"; Bad - the big "scrambled egg" prose style - attempting to pack too much into the one novel; Ugly - incoherence and lack of discipline in the writing; this is sometimes brought on by the "I've swallowed (or at least had my head stuck in) a dictionary and want to make damn sure you know it!" excess of obscurities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly the best work of fiction ever penned my human hands... While unconventional, and at times over the top as far as gore or depictions of suffering, if you can get past your own weak stomach to see the truth that lies in the Euchrid Euchrow inside us all, you'll see this book for what it truly is... a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.