Observatory Mansions

Author: Edward Carey


SKU: 9780375709234 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Vintage
Product ID: 512461


Once the Orme family’s 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 haven’t 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 I’ve seen this year.”

ISBN: 9780375709234
Publisher: Vintage
Pub Date: 02/2002
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.73lbs
Size: 8.04h x 5.24w x 0.74d

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Weight 0.73 lbs
Dimensions 8.04 × 5.24 × 0.74 in