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Observatory Mansions

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Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey
Feb 24, 2010 | ISBN 9780307558725
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"Edward Carey has an imagination of tremendous range and power. He transforms the familiar stuff of life into shapes utterly strange and marvelous. This is a novel of truly startling originality."
— Patrick McGrath

"Observatory Mansions is a striking debut, not simply for the skill with which it conjures its bizarrerie but for the way it wrings pity from an incredible setting. When Carey alternates the reveries and recollections of his narrator’s parents, the resulting fugue is a tour de force."        
— Times Literary Supplement

"The humor and ingenuity with which Carey presents his characters and the entropic universe which surrounds them are reminiscent not only of Beckett, but also of Georges Perec. . . . In his world, there are no ordinary people; everyone is a seething mass of repressed desires, murderous impulses, and obsessive-compulsive tics. While this view of human nature might sound disturbing, it is conveyed with so much sympathy and acute observation that it is hard not to be beguiled. Far from being grotesques, the other tenants of Carey’s lovingly built microcosm come across as rather admirable in their last-ditch resistance to the forces of conventional reality."
The Times (London)

"With this extraordinary character, and the appealingly deranged inhabitants of Observatory Mansions, Carey has created an imaginary world brimming with the weird, the wonderful, and the unexpected."
The Guardian

"Carey is nothing short of a genius. . . . Brilliant."
Daily Mail

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