Mrs. Caliban

Mrs. Caliban


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Now back in print, Mrs. Caliban is “totally unforgettable” (The New York Times Book Review) and “something of a miracle” (The New Yorker)

In the quiet suburbs, while Dorothy is doing chores and waiting for her husband to come home from work, not in the least anticipating romance, she hears a strange radio announcement about a monster who has just escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research… Reviewers have compared Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs. Caliban to King Kong, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, the films of David Lynch, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, E.T., Richard Yates’s domestic realism, B-horror movies, and the fairy tales of Angela Carter—how such a short novel could contain all of these disparate elements is a testament to its startling and singular charm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811226691
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 96,991
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rachel Ingalls(1940-2019) was born in Boston and lived in the UK from 1965 until her death. She wrote the novelsMrs. CalibanandBinstead’s Safarias well as numerous novellas and short stories.

RIVKA GALCHEN's 2008 first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, and her 2014
story collection, American Innovations, were both New York Times Best Books of the
Year. She has received many awards, as well as an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Galchen lives in New York City.

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Mrs. Caliban 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The books starts out as a seemingly normal short story about a typical suburban marriage. The couple are childless and their relationship is slowly falling apart. The story turns from focusing on the dynamics of a modern relationship when a 6 foor four frog on the lam from a reserach facility shows up in their kitchen and begins an illicit affair with the housewife. Even at that, it's not science fiction. A very entertaining and thought provoking little book.
bookaddictJN More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that this came highly rated, and was disappointed with the writing style. I found the story strange, and difficult to follow - with frequent confusion over who was speaking. Would NOT recommend this to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a simple story but with so many layers. An excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an unforgettable (and fantastic) take on the hackneyed tale of the dissatisfied wife. In this case the wife takes a lover (nothing new there), who happens to be a sea monster named Larry. Ingalls humor is as dry as a bone. Perhaps that's why so many readers just don't 'get' this book.