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Mad scientists, parrots from Atlantis, witches, madmen, monsters, korrigans, demons, magical paintings and a water sprite trapped in a mirror are but a few of the amazing characters featured in this collection of 45 stories from the 1890s and early 1900s, aptly entitled The Crazy Corner, which maps out the frontier between madness and nightmare. Of all the late 19th ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Hollywood Comics
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Glenn Russell
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Jean Richepin (1849-1926) "It was, in fact, thee most extraordinary parrot, not only that my eyes had ever encountered but that my imagination would ever have been able to dream up, so old, ugly, thin, bald, scrawny, featherless, bleak, dull, colorless, misshapen, pitiful, wretched, shabby, dilapidated, lamentable, implausible, asthmatic, phantasmal, emaciated, and problematic was it." From Richpin's tale, The Parrot.

Each of the forty-five stories translated, annotated and introduced by
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Rob Atkinson
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
5 stars for the stories and their translation; one star debited for this edition, which is in desperate need of a (human) proofreading that it apparently never got before going to press. Just about every page contains a typo, glaring word omission, or word substitution, and these hiccups in the text are more than a little aggravating. It's a testament to Richepin's storytelling and wryly witty, ironic, and misanthropic sensibility that I kept reading on, nonetheless. This is the only edition ...more
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Shawn
An easy read - but a hard review to write.

FIRST TIER - Who would enjoy this book? Those seeking some decadent short fiction might be better served by an anthology like French Decadent Tales, but those interested specifically in the Conte Cruel or the origins of Roald Dahl styled twist ending stories should find much to enjoy, and some to vex!

SECOND TIER - I would suggest those seeking a shorter overview to check out Glenn Russell's enthusiastic review here, as I have a lot to say below (the last
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