The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

by H. P. Lovecraft

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ISBN-13: 9780345337795
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) was one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. I. N. J. Culbard is an award-winning artist and has adapted several Lovecraft novels, including The Shadow Out of Time (SelfMadeHero, Fall 2013) and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (SelfMadeHero, Spring 2013). He lives in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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L. Sprague de Camp

The Kadath story takes place in a parallel that manifests itself in dreams...Lovecraft's dreamworld of Kadath is never concretely visualized. He never, in fact, committed himself as the world's location and was even uncertain as to whether it exists, now or in a remote past. That, however, does not interfere with our enjoyment.

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GregStevens on LibraryThing 10 months ago
80% visual description, 20% action; ponderous, thoughtful, and detailed; deliberate misdirection of the reader; demons and ghouls and sentient cats; a range of vocabulary that will wear out the "dictionary" function on your Kindle.If you read the above bullet-point descriptions and think, "Wow, that sounds amazing! I totally want to read that!" then you should read this story. If you read it and think, "Oh dear lord it's one of THOSE....." then... well, trust your instincts: this story will not be for you.If you read this book waiting for "what happens next"... If you read this book expecting Tom Clancy... If you read this book because you think "quest" means "action-adventure"... Then you will be severely disappointed. However, if you savor each sentence because you are visualizing the scene that it describes in your head, and you appreciate the way that the cadence of the sentences and word-choices convey the weirdness and creepiness of the environment through which the main character moves, then you will love this story. If pure description and gothic imagery draw you in and let you really experience a scene, then you will not be able to put it down. If I were making a comparison to the visual arts, this story is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch: intricate, fascinating, full of details that stretch the imagination.... but if you are seeking a central message, action, purpose, or even a point, then you are likely to be left feeling that it is lacking.This story was written in 1927, almost 100 years ago. This was a time when authors did not write their stories with 15-minute inter-advertisement intervals for the television adaptation in mind.Personally, I loved it, even if it did seem to drag slightly at times. I enjoyed the fact that the dream-like quality grew very gradually, and very subtly: at first most elements seem real, with only a few fantasy elements; then over time there are more and more "what the...?" moments, as the setting and the characters become more and more strange, inhuman, and grotesque. It is an excellent flow and transition. The biggest lacking, when thought of from the standard notion of a "story", is the fact that we never get a sense of the main character's personality. He is more the transparent and invisible "eye" through which the surrounding world is experienced, so that when he finally is presented with his enlightened "revelation" and understanding, I don't really share in his pride of discovery. I never IDENTIFIED enough with him to do so.However, again, think a painting by Bosch rather than a photo by Margaret Bourke-White. I'm not certain we were ever MEANT to get deep characterization from this story, any more than we were meant to get thrilling moment-by-moment action.Taken for what (I believe) it was intended to be, I think this story was a complete success.
kukkurovaca on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Huh. For a raving nutjob, Lovecraft is a skilled writer of short stories. Not Borges skilled, but still. However, I've always had trouble finishing "Dream Quest," because it simply isn't a short story. It's a book, and it's not that great a book. It has some self-cannabilizing plot issues, and the ending is really, really annoying. Especially from a guy like Lovecraft. If I wanted to read "Foucault's Pendulum," I'd read "Foucault's Pendulum." Fortunately for me, that problem almost never arises...
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Reserving a spot for the rp
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