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Dec 01, 2013 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it · review of another edition
No time for a detailed review—in brief, a BURIED illustrated fable from an English surrealist-anarchist (Bradshaw) and his mate (Thacker). Imagine a delirious hybrid of Calvino, Spike Milligan and Theroux’s fable books. Replete with sumptuous prose describing a fictitious European nation and its warfare, leaders, enemies. Exquisite illustrations of the smile-making and oh-so-hilarious variety. Worth several spades to unBURY and desperately in need of a deluxe reprinting from Fantagraphics or sim ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Nate D rated it liked it
Recommends it for: wolves
Recommended to Nate D by: MJ Nicholls
Manic inventive mythologies for the late 60s/70s, springing up at the crossing point of Invisible Cities (I realize I'm borrowing that comparison, but this is earlier), psychedelia, the iterative surrealism of Anthony Earnshaw's illustration, and whatever indescribable angle his co-author and ordained minister, Eric Thacker, somehow brought to the table. Of its its times, yet timeless. All worlds should be constructed downwards from the attic.
I have no idea whatsoever why this book disappeared into obscurity never to be seen again. As far as I can tell it was last in print in 1971, and only had a handful of printings – a couple US printings and maybe one UK printing – prior to that. I have to think that part of it is content – borderline insane story, skewed sense of humor, illustrations, published in the 60’s, and a title that’s derived from a mispronunciation of “mushroom”. You can’t help but nod smugly and knowingly, sure that you ...more
One of those love it or hate it bokks (and I bet you can tell which side I'm on). Wonderfully absurd from the outside and internally consistent—the fourth wall remains intact. I would say more, but it's been a decade at least since a copy last passed through my hands.