And the Ass Saw the Angel
And the Ass Saw the Angel - Nick Cave's classic Gothic novel, in its full and original form
Outcast, mute, a lone twin cut from a drunk mother in a shack full of junk, Euchrid Eucrow of Ukulore inhabits a nightmarish Southern valley of preachers and prophets, incest and ignorance. When the God-fearing folk of the town declare a foundling child to be chosen by the Almighty...more
I don't normally write reviews, but this book keeps tumbling around in my mind like shoes in a dryer. I read a review on here that said (and I'm paraphrasing) that immediately after finishing the book, the reviewer wanted to 're-read it armed with a battle axe.' That, I think, is most appropriate given the feel...more
1. The addition of a new kick ass word to my “cool as hell words” list (the word Fornicatrix, which according to a dictionary means: a woman who engages in Fornication). I fucking love that word! Wh...more
The novel's protagonist is a character named Euchrid Euchrow, a physically deformed and mentally deranged mute living in the fictional...more
And the Ass Saw the Angel often reminded me of Cave's songs, as it seems to extend the themes that are expressed within them. Cave consistantly creates a dark world, containing a mighty,...more
Overwritten, overwrought, and truly poorly edited, Nick Cave's debut novel is a grimacing, death trodden and DARKSOME tale of mental madness and religious madness and hillbilly hell and rotten mash liqueur and hobos and godsent rain curses and child rape and hooker rape and child lust and hooker lust and child killing and hooker killing.
The one and only star here is the beautiful, inventive and utterly creative use of language throughout. Ha...more
My biggest problem is the vocabulary of the main character, Euchrid. Euchrid is a mute and as far as I know never went to school and his parents certainly didn't teach him anything. His mother being a massive drunk and his father pays more attention to the traps he sets and the animals he maims than to Euchrid. Yet, his vocabulary exceeds that...more
A month ago, I threw a tantrum. There was NO WAY Nick Cave was going to defeat me, so I mapped out a schedule and decided to read 15 pages a day until the book was finished, regardless of how I was feeling about it.
Five days later, I was done. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down! I'm not saying it's an easy read, b...more
I absolutely loved this.
I wouldn't recommend it to people. I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I went into it not knowing anything about it other than it was written by Nick Cave (be still, my...more
This new version attempts to tighten up the book by cutting out a lot of descriptive prose and focusing on the plot. I would argue that this is a tragic mistake in this case--this book is as much a story...more
Knjiga je zame vsekakor zajeten zalogaj. Po eni strani jo želim nestrpno prebrati do konca, a me knjiga kar 'bremza'. Po drugi strani je pa kar nočem (še) končati.
Izjemno redko naletim na takšno čtivo. Vsekakor je poslastica svoje vrste.
The premise of the book has already been revealed, so to talk about my feelings on the book.
Well, I find "hillbilly fiction" a hard thing to master without hitting the Wall of Trite. Nick, my friend, you hit the wall. Fortunately, there were times when you ricocheted and had some truly heartbreaking, descriptive language. Eucrhid at the well was profoundly moving, seeing the girl through Euchrid's eyes was the kind of honest, twisted insight I expect from Mr. C...more
I think this is an incredibly adacious book. Remember that this was Cave's first novel. For a debut, this is brazen. Cave is obviously very infuenced by Faluker, but at the same time this is a very authentic and individualistic peice or writitng. You can tell as you read that the artist has made no compromise whatsoever.
The prose can be dense and overwrought at times, but on the whole this a very comepling novel. The images the writing conjures linger long after the reader has put the book down....more
Sometimes faces veer into your line of vision, shouting in a strange language, conveying meaningless urgency, but when you focus and investigate, it's all so much dandelion fluff drifting dozily into space.
Everybody gets that kind of dream once in a while. Don't the...more
A nefarious mire of filthy allegory for our society. The hope of redemption is dangled in front of the reader like a carrot before the ass, but redemption does come through--from evil.