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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  20 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1971 by Jonathan Cape Ltd (first published October 1st 1968)
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MJ Nicholls
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
Nate D
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.
Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it it was amazing
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
Hilary Bisenieks
Apr 29, 2015 Hilary Bisenieks rated it it was amazing
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.
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