Monday, October 13, 2008

Book review: The Hapless Child

A grimly ironic tale by Edward Gorey, wherein a young child is orphaned, and in the antithesis of "A Little Princess," endures great hardships without the happy ending.

The real interest in Gorey's work isn't so much the story as the morbid artwork. He's well-known for his sketch-like drawings. It was Gorey who did the much-loved introduction to PBS' Mystery!

Gorey couldn't have been much of a child-lover, if his stories were anything to go on. But they're amusing, and rather timely.

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