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Twisted Clay

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  4 reviews
She loved ... and killed ... both men and women. She was utterly beautiful and utterly mad. This is a tale of passionate horror ... a breath-taking venture into abnormal psychology ... a story which cannot be forgotten.
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Salt (first published January 1st 1934)
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Christopher Borum
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a bizarre story. It would have been had it been published last, week. The fact that it came out in 1934 is remarkable. The narrator is Jean Deslines, a teenage girl living in Australia. Her mother died giving birth to Jean, and the family believe that some of the mother's mental condition-she's described as a "paranoiac"-has been passed on to Jean.

Jean, and her family eventually realize that she's a lesbian, but treat that as part of her mental problems. She tries to "cure" herself by
Jon Dixon
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very much of its time in its depiction of psychological motivations and lesbianism, but a cracking read nonetheless. Our unreliable narrator, Jean (the 'twisted clay' of the title), is by turns hilarious, brave, terrifying, repulsive and tragic as she tells her own story from her storm-heralded birth to her final moments. Walford's writing is muscular and stylish - almost 'hard-boiled' at times - and the Australian setting is evocative both of time and place. The publishers, Salt, and Johnny ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So here's a book that was written by a future pillar of the Katoomba community who, aside from writing, spent time as a buffalo hunter, crocodile shooter, mule packer and prospector. He was a boxer and dab hand with a knife, and shared the same bucolic Blue Mountains literary salon as Eleanor Dark.

Naturally, it's a book about a murderous teenage lesbian who receives communiques from her dead father  letting her know his brains are falling out from where she hit him with an axe in retribution
Tom Witcomb
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Completely mental, this one. A great read, a dangerous book in its day. Absolutely hilarious and terrifying.
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