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Malpertuis cover image, Malpertuis. Jean Ray. Atlas Anti-Classics 5. Translated and Introduced by Iain White. ISBN 0 98 8 pp 19 x 17cm, out of print. Jean Ray’s novel Malpertuis is a strange little book indeed. It’s not immediately obvious wherein lies the strangeness, but don’t despair. Malpertuis by Jean Ray – book cover, description, publication history.

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Jean Ray goes out of his way describing it’s gothic features. Unread books may as well not exist in the first place.

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Iain White Translator, Introduction. Then there’s a heavy dose of Greek mythological allegory thrown in, which is finally sort of explained at the end.

Powerless and terrified, I watched his vain struggle against the darkness of Malpertuis. It’s like reading the narrative of a crazy person, but it works! Really impressive, and a book–I suspect–that must have been read by later practitioners of the genre Phantoms of the mind?

It’s a really, really bizarre book. I was just expecting something more brilliant and experimental, but this was e Liked the concept.

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In the first 40 some pages of the book, it seemed that one plot malpertkis start, but then in the next chapter, another plot would start. Become a LibraryThing Author. Non incide troppo negativamente sul piacere della lettura, anche in questi momenti riesce a regalare immagini di indubbia forza, ma sa un po’ troppo di soluzione facilotta.

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May Monthly LH Read: Jul 27, Michelle added it. The prologue involves a sea voyage, but what is it that these mariners ate seeking?

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But do people who buy rare books actually read them, or do they put them on a display shelf where they are never handled? You can’t tell whether things are really happening or imaginary. I can’t even begin to describe how much I adored this mysterious and inscrutable tale of tenebrous and awe-inspiring gloom. Wikipedia in English None.

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How can you not love lines like this: Events occur that are so bizarre that Jean-Jacques doubts his own sanity. The malperrtuis me that much. I was just expecting something more brilliant and experimental, but this was entertaining enough, and I learned a couple new words. I can’t wait to read this book.

Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. He’s thrown into the drama to fulfill his newly created destiny. Jan 16, K. No library descriptions found. The novel purports to be a series of manuscripts written at different times by various hands, but jan relating in some way to a man named Cassave and a house called Malpertuis. Tanto affascinante quanto evocativo, si gioca tanto bene sulle impressioni di mistero suscitate nel lettore, quanto negli orrori descritti vivamente e chiaramente.

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I just didn’t get the point of the whole thing, and while the atmosphere was creepy nothing at all happened and I got bored of it.

A few weeks before his death, he wrote his own mock epitaph in a letter to his friend Albert van Hageland: Perhaps I shall find it in me to write a review at some point that will do Malpertuis justice, but at this point I think I just need to let the feelings it stirred within me percolat I can’t even begin to describe how much I adored this mysterious and inscrutable tale of tenebrous and awe-inspiring gloom.

Haven’t read it, but I was quite taken with the early ’70s film adaptation, starring an ailing Orson Welles. Gothic prose, macabre similes, a creepy atmo I didn’t have any idea what to expect before reading this but did so solely on the basis of a recommendation from someone whose judgement I trusted and I knew nothing about it or the author.