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Gothic by Richard Davenport-Hines
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Jul 25, 09

Recommended to Jennifer by: Mina Villalobos

I have no idea why the author starts off announcing this book will cover decay, submission, vampires, inversion and despair...and then launches into a chapter almost entirely about landscaping and architecture. Mmm, grottos and crenellations. Once he gets the gardens out of his system, the book is fascinating and wide-ranging, covering a huge amount of themes and history in interesting ways. Dracula, Frankenstein, Goya, Walpole, Faulkner, Poe, The Cure, Poppy Brite--he does a great job of finding themes and connecting them through time. I ended up appreciating certain things (like splatterpunk and David Lynch) more once given the centuries of context.
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Mina Villalobos But what about Rober Smith's pouty lips??? what abouttt themmm??? did they.. also make you gay?

POPPY Z BRITE POPPY Z BRITE POPPY POPPY POPPY THE END.

This book is absolutely insane, I love it X)


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