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Once the Orme familys magnificent ancestral estate, Observatory Mansions is now a crumbling apartment complex, home to an eccentric group of misfits. One of them is Francis Orme, who earns his livelihood as a living statue. When not practicing “inner and outer stillness,” Francis steals the cherished possessions of others to add to his private museum. The other tenants are equally as odd: his mother and father, who havent interacted in years; a man who continually sweats and cries; a recluse who prefers television to reality; and a woman who behaves like a dog. When Anna Tapp arrives among them she stirs their souls, bringing long forgotten memories to the surface-and arousing fears that this new resident intends to provoke a metamorphosis.

Reminiscent of Beckett, Ionesco, and Millhauser but startlingly original, Observatory Mansions is also unexpectedly beguiling. Upon its publication in England, it was a literary sensation, and John Fowles called it “easily the most brilliant fiction Ive seen this year.”

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Edward Carey is a playwright. This is his first novel. He lives in London.

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"Easily the most brilliant fiction I've seen this year — it proves the potential brilliance of the novel form."

-- John Fowles,

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Edward Carey is a playwright. This is his first novel. He lives in London.

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Esrah, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by Esrah)
I picked this book up a few years ago at a used sale. I was going through a dry spell in terms of books grabbing my full attention, so I didn't have high hopes. Observatory Mansions is now one of my favourites. It's a short, but compelling read, filled with interesting characters. The way Carey writes gave me the eerie sense that apartments like Observatory Mansions were scattered around my own neighbourhood. I was even suspicious around statues - constantly checking my pockets to make sure I hadn't dropped anything. Needless to say, this book is a must read.
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Roger Sarao, August 18, 2006 (view all comments by Roger Sarao)
With high praise from none other than master-novelist John Fowles, "Observatory Mansions" by Edward Carey was a critical and commercial success upon its release overseas. A truly original novel. A mysterious stranger enters the lives of a group of recluses who have become set in their -- admittedly bizarre but comfortable -- ways. The result will change the lives of everyone involved. Highly recommended for literary purists and summer escapists both.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375709234
Author:
Carey, Edward
Author:
Carey, Edward
Author:
Edward Carey
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Apartment houses
Subject:
Eccentrics and eccentricities
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;mental illness;eccentrics;gothic;england
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.04x5.24x.74 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Contemporaries - English 9780375709234 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Edward Carey is a playwright. This is his first novel. He lives in London.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , "Easily the most brilliant fiction I've seen this year — it proves the potential brilliance of the novel form."

-- John Fowles,

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