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Horribly disfigured, sensitive and intelligent Edward lives a life of seclusion in an isolated woodland cabin with his invalid mother, until Katherine, a curious young woman, begins paying him visits
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First-novelist and purported recluse and drifter Collignon spins a darkly modern version of ``Beauty and the Beast'' in which an iconoclastic California girl befriends a reclusive writer who believes he is too hideously deformed to be seen--her affection leading him to discover in a ragtag finale that he has been a prisoner of his own fear and self-loathing. ``Alovar, exiled to the wastelands by the sheer perfection of his form, wandered the ravaged lands, helping those he could and showing mercy to those he couldn't.'' Sensitive young Eddie created this science-fictional warrior and his bleak epic while living in a rough cabin in the Idaho Rockies. Over the years, despite Alovar's growing fame, Eddie continues to huddle on his mountaintop, unseen by any human except his hobbled old mother, who more or less regularly drags up a wagon filled with Oreos and cigarettes and cooked chickens. Like the aristocratic Alovar, Eddie never questions his exile. He was born so deformed, so animal-like, that his own father cursed him as an abomination. At moments, overcome by the need to howl and run on all fours through the forest, Eddie fears he has become the monster his father thought he was. Then young Katherine appears at his doorstep with the groceries, sent by his mother because her leg is too lame to make the climb. An idealistic kid with dyed-orange hair, ``Kat'' talks to Eddie through the closed cabin door. Day by day, she visits until Eddie falls in love, blossoming with a newfound feeling of humanity. Too quickly, his fragile world unravels when gun-toting townspeople follow Kat to the mountain--but not before he risks showing himself and learns that he has been in a prison of his own making. An obviously talented Collignon makes an intriguing debut, committing some of the typical first-novel sins: awkward pacing, sketchy supporting characters, and a self-conscious, too-abrupt ending. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
In this bittersweet first novel, best-selling science fiction author Eddie Talbot, born hideously deformed, hides from the world in a remote mountain cabin. He relies on visits from his mother for provisions, but when ill health renders her immobile, a young woman with a preference for punk-style hair and clothes takes over her duties. Eddie is forced to cope with the world outside his imagination and with the growing attraction he feels for his new acquaintance. Collignon has crafted a moving novel out of the trite beauty-and-the-beast theme, never trivializing the characters or their emotions. He weaves into the narrative an intriguing second level: the adventures of Eddie's fictional creation Alovar, a warrior in a post-apocalyptic society, banished because he is physically different. The author caps Eddie's and Alovar's stories with two startlingly effective and very different endings. Recommended for most fiction collections.
- Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
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Book Description 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. First Edition. SOHO, c 1992, first printing (complete number line) , hardback, Fine in Fine dust jacket, tight & unread, 228 pages, FICTION HORROR; A1757 C Fic. Seller Inventory # 33618
Book Description Soho Pr Inc, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0939149656