The Grotesque: A Novel

The Grotesque: A Novel

by Patrick McGrath
     
 
This exuberantly spooky novel, in which horror, repressed eroticism, and sulfurous social comedy intertwine like the vines in an overgrown English garden, is now a major motion picture, starring Alan Bates, Sting, and Theresa Russell.

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This exuberantly spooky novel, in which horror, repressed eroticism, and sulfurous social comedy intertwine like the vines in an overgrown English garden, is now a major motion picture, starring Alan Bates, Sting, and Theresa Russell.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Witty, weird and highly enjoyable, this gothic British tale is aptly titled. The set-up is macabre: a distinguished paleontologist is brain-damaged and slowly turning into a vegetable. He cannot speak, but narrates an interior monologue of all he sees and hears: a lot of sexual shenanigans and a particularly grisly murder, all centered around "Fledge,'' the butler, who has ambitions. The stylistic joke is that all these horrors take place in a quaint, genteel English country setting, where the village is "Pock-on-the-Fling,'' the pub, "The Hodge and Purlet'' and the barrister, "Sir Fleckley Tome.'' However deadly the deed, the language is always decorous and impeccably mannered. The result is strangely hilarious -- as if a Stephen King story were being told in the manner of a latter-day Anthony Trollope.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671665098
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Pages:
186

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John Hawkes
Wonderfully inventive, sinister, macabre yet comic...The Grotesque is high art.

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