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In his third book for young adults, Jack Gantos has scripted a completely original drama. With gothic flavor and black humor, he depicts a group of people bound together by love, compulsion...and a passion for taxidermy.
“This offbeat novel, reflecting elements of Psycho and Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, draws readers into a macabre world where taboos are lifted and unconventional desires unleashed.”—Publishers Weekly
“A shocking, darkly comic tale.”—Booklist, Boxed Review
“Eerie. This thought-provoking story about free will and the arguments of nature and nurture will definitely stick with readers.”—School Library Journal
“Few other books offer such a combination of stylization verging on the comic and a true fascination with the Gothic’s exploration of human minds.”—Chicago Tribune
“The wonderful and compelling strangeness will . . . draw many readers, especially fans of silver-screen or classic literary Gothic.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Compelling.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“You know where The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos is heading, even as you can’t quite believe it. . . . Possibly the most oddball children’s book ever written and certainly one of the cleverest.”—The Telegraph (UK)
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Posted January 15, 2014
Posted February 16, 2013
Really, stuffing your mother like a specimen in a taxidermist's shop so you can always keep her with you? Have we run out of things to write about? Put this one in the pile of books you use to prop up the leg of the table so it won't wobble.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2008
I actually picked this book up because of its cover. It looked slightly gothic...and oh boy was I right! Tinged with dark humor, an obsession for taxidermy, and a love curse, this is an exceptional read. I had to re-read some parts, just to make sure that I understood but, i would definitely reccomend it to anyone who likes slightly creepy books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2007
The Love Curse of the Rumbaugh¿s by Jack Gantos was one of the strangest books I have ever read. The plot consisted of strange, inseparable twins, a dead, taxidermed mother, a daughter, who was obsessed with her mother, and a love curse. This love curse ran through the Rumbaughs family. It caused the sons in the family to have an unhealthy love for their mothers. The Twins, Adolf and Ab, had this curse, and somehow, their neighbor Ivy had it also 'which we find out why towards the middle of the book'. The book started off with Ivy finding the Twins dead mother, who had been dead for years, preserved in the Twins basement. Ivy thought nothing of it. She thought it was natural for someone to love their mother enough to do that. The plot developed from here. We learned more about the Rumbaughs, the love curse, and how Ivy gained such a love for her mother. The book goes into great and accurate detail of Eugenics and genetic testing. It also has a very Alfred Hitchcock 'Psycho' like feel to it with the dead mother and the taxidermy obsession. Overall, it was such a strange read. Between reading Ivy¿s thoughts, to the descriptions of the Twins and their dead mother, I had to read some things over again to make sure I read it correctly. The ending in particular is something that¿s totally unexpected. However, as strange as it was, it¿s still a great and fun book to read. I recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2010
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