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Preview — Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti
This collection features tormented individuals who play out their doom in various odd little towns, as well as in dark sectors frequented by sinister and often blackly comical eccentrics. The cycle of narratives that includes the title work of this collection, for instance, introduces readers to a freakish community of artists who encounter demonic perils that ultimately e...more
- "In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land"
reading the collected tales in Thomas' Ligotti's Teatro Grottesco over the course of a rainy, gray day and the rest of a chilly, glum weekend was an interesting experience. it certainly helped to create a gray, glum, and introspective mood, l ...more
Ligotti is usually classified as a "horror" writer, but this label is much too limiting. Ligotti combines the eccentricity and loneliness of Poe (minus the romantic sentimentality), the bleak existential inner landscape of Kafka, the lunatic small-town atmosphere of Bruno Schulz and the mordant epigrammatic nihilism of Cioran. Ligotti is a profoundly disturbing writer, an unclassifiable talent right up there with such unique voices as Borges, Calvino and Lem. A must read.
‘Derangements’ is a powerhouse of the uniquely bizarre: unspecified locales, structure ...more
So...here it is...if you've read my other reviews, and you find that you agree with me at least 70% of the time, this collection is very much worth your money and your eyeblinks.
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Was it a good read? Yes.
Was it all I that it was hyped up to be? Not in my opinion.
I did find many of the stories particularly delightful (The Red Tower, Gas Station Carnivals and Purity) but after several dips in the hopelesness of the collection, I found that it all became a bit repetitive.
A couple of ...more
I'm not saying you can't do worse than this sleepy litt ...more
Of course, there are very many overlaps (most notably Purity, The Red Tower, The Bungalow House, Severini and Teatro Grottesco itself) but the two books are complementary and not competitive. Why? The 'Shadow' (to b ...more
First, the stories aren't very imaginative, they are underdeveloped, and unresolved. The writer repeats himself for no discernible reason, repeats descriptions unnecessarily, shows zero sense of rhythm in his prose, uses endless adjectives, uses word com ...more
Thomas Ligotti seems destined to go to his grave as an underappreciated author. Too frequently these days such speculation seems reserved for writers who really aren’t all that good, which is why they aren’t as appreciated as their fans, and often the writers themselves, believe they should be. Ligotti however, is not one of these pretenders to the throne, which is what makes his lack of commercial success, and/or acceptance all the more frustrating.
Then again, u ...more
sometimes i come upon books or stories that make me question the nature of reality; that make me wonder about the possibility of other realms of existence, other ways of seeing or living or being, etc. but reading ligotti, i often get the sense that not only do these things absolutely exist, but that ligotti is speaking to me-- directly to me personally-- from that other realm, through the medium of this book, this story, as though taunting me to step forward and enter that place with him. it is ...more
The reason for only four stars is due to the "sameness" I felt in some of the stories. They took me to somewhere that I had been taken to previously with in this book.
To be sure there are some exceptional examples of writing here.
I believe this is the only Ligotti book currently in print, and it is only the second I have read (after "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World"). Like a l ...more
I have an odd sense of humor, maybe.
But "The Clown Puppet" and "The Shadow, the Darkness," do, in fact (I was highly dubious of this claim) mine territory much closer to Thomas Bernhard than HP Lovecraft. And while the worlds are often bent (or maybe it is the perception of the worlds that are bent), there is more of the madman than the genius here: I kept coming ...more
Ligotti's stories are dense in description and fee ...more
Why grey though? Why not black, which is most often associated with nothingness and, I would imagine, in most people's minds with nihilism. Not tragedy. Nihilism. This is what Ligotti brings us to- that nothing can be tragic if nothing has the worth of promoting a sort of emotion.
"Amnesia may well be t ...more
Q: So why not five?
A: Because there's less variety in Teatro Grottesco than there is in Grim Scribe.
So don't get me wrong; if you haven't read any Ligotti you're missing out. Use the google machine to bring yourself "The Red Tower" which is free reading online. It's a fantastic gem in a ...more
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