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  • By D Andrews
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Who indeed." Summer, 1816. Mary Shelley awakes from a nightmare while holidaying in the Villa of her friend Lord Byron. Lake Geneva is bleak and the rain invites indoor games to be played. She and her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, accept the challenge of Byron to write a ghost story, Frankenstein is born….Now “Boris” is what may have happened if the guests had been Cervantes, Ian Banks, Thomas Hardy and Brett Easton Ellis with nothing but Absinthe, Monster Munch and lighter fuel to sustain them. How do you describe anything which has no obvious precedent? Madder than BSE and darker than the eyeliner worn by the hero’s Gothic muse, this is a supremely moral tale, told by a comic creation of unfathomable depth. Reason was surely sacrificed on the altar of insanity, undoubtedly involving weasels and custard, to have arrived at the characters of Dick Head and his friend Matchsticks. When they attempt to woo the ladies with an un-self conscious display of Cossack... More > dancing I laughed harder than (in the words of Derek and Clive) when Aunty Mabel caught her left tit in the mangle. Genius. The girlfriend Clare is a true Gothic character, in every sense. Scabrous, vicious but with just the right amount of appeal, the author has created a woman so painful, he makes the Marquis de Sade look like A.A. Milne. As far relationships go, in comparison to that of Dick and Clare, Jude the Obscure was suffering from a few teething troubles. Even if Dick’s descent into sanity is like watching the Titanic slowly sink, the drowning, wailing masses take the time to throw in the odd fireworks party. The wry observations and immensely funny insights are pure poetry. Take the time to find out who Boris Steinbaker is, there won’t be a dry seat in the house.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
James De-Vaux Balbirnie
November 4, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.8 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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