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Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
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Oct 01, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, borrowed, dark, poetry, favorites, comics, contemporary
Read in October, 2009

I LOVE this book. We were studying children's stories in Creative Writing, and I happened to pick this one up. Well, I knew that it wasn't really a children's book when I opened up to:

"There was a young curate whose brain
Was deranged by the use of cocaine;
He lured a small child
To a copse dark and wild,
Where he beat it to death with his cane."

Brilliant but incredibly sinister. That sums up the entire book. I am fascinated by Gorey's dark limericks, poems, and stories. Some of them are so cryptic that I have to read them several times before discovering the true meaning. Some are darkly humorous. But all are unusual. Gorey's drawings of stiff, dark people make the book all the more gothic.

I would recommend this one to anyone with a twisted sense of humor. One must admit, there's a bit of that in all of us.

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